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Elk Meadows Trail #645

Intermediate

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10.0 mile 16.1 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,122' 342 m
Descent: -2,396' -730 m
High: 5,266' 1,605 m
Low: 2,997' 913 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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Trail shared by Matt Williams

A nice trail with views of MT Hood.

Matt Williams

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Water is available from flowing creeks if you don't want to pack a lot of water.

Description

Start at the Hood River Meadows/Elk Meadows Trailhead. Follow the trail signs (northeast) toward Elk Meadow Trail #645. You'll cross two creeks, the second one (Newton Creek) being the biggest. There is a good size log if you go about 100 yards upstream; it was big enough for the dog and hikers to easily cross.

After crossing, you'll head up fairly steep switchbacks for about a mile. After you crest the ridge it will mellow out. You can make a full loop around Elk Meadow, but it was pretty boggy so we just went out the same way. There are great views up at the meadow.

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Jul 22, 2019
Andrew H
Jul 19, 2019
Ed Rilkoff
Sahalie Falls to Elk Meadows, Elk Meadows Perimeter, Gnarl Ridge cutoff, Timberland toward Cloud Cap to open terrain. — 5h 26m
Jul 19, 2019
Cameron Booth
Hiked in with BPSA Timberwolf pack to Elk Meadows. They handled it with aplomb, even the steep switchback up to the meadows. 3.1mi — 2h 30m

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MT Hood in the background after crossing Newton Creek
Jun 7, 2018 near Governm…, OR
Portland September 2017
Mar 20, 2019 near Governm…, OR

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