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Looking for any Oregon residents that visit here who can provide some info/help for a newbie. I.E. trail recommendations, best times of the year and general stuff. Thanks in advance....T
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I'm a Washington resident who's done a little Oregon hiking.  Mostly in the Wallowas (Eagle Cap Wilderness in NE Oregon) and the Columbia River gorge.
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What trails in the Columbia River gorge? Are they multi day hikes with disperse camping available?
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I'm an off-trail hiker in Bend. Can't help you with trails but can state that August is safe for "no snow" above 4,000 ft.

We're in the unstable air period. If you go hiking now, be prepared for temps to possibly hit 0 from here on out and definitely be concerned for sleet/snow in the higher elevations.


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Pick up a copy of "Pacific Northwest Hiking" subtitled "The complete guide to more than 1000 of the best hikes in Washington and Oregon" (AKA "The hiker's bible"). It's the best trail information book I've ever seen.

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What trails in the Columbia River gorge? Are they multi day hikes with disperse camping available?

I've done 30-ish mile loops involving combinations of the Eagle Creek Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Ruckel Creek Trail, and others nearby.  Wahtum Lake is a popular destination/loop-end.  Benson Plateau is interesting, too.  Dispersed camping both places as well as Eagle Creek.  There are lots of other options in the gorge.

The portlandhikers.org forum is an excellent resource, especially their Field Guide.
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Wow! Thanks for the info. Trying to get a list together for my son and I to hike. Very much appreciate the suggestions. :)
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There's The Timberline Trail all the way around Mt Hood. 43 miles IIRC.

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Ok, I'm looking hard at that Timberline trail. Think that can be  a multiple trip backpacking adventure.
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Ok, I'm looking hard at that Timberline trail. Think that can be  a multiple trip backpacking adventure.

The boy scouts often make it a five day trip. It's a bit dry in sections. Personally, I think that down lower is much nicer...(Zig Zag area).

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What trail is lower? I'm not seeing one.
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As in, do the trails down in Zig Zag instead of up high near the scree/dust areas. Mt. Hood has so much lush forest around it, I would not recommend spending it above the treeline unless that is your type of hiking. Frog Lake, Trillium area, Zig Zag and Welches all have trails all over. You'll have to pick up one of the trail books (as I said, I'm an off-trail hiker).

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Thanks Tigger. I'm heading down to REI in Eugene tomorrow and will try and pick up a book down there. I like the below the tree line hiking also.
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Last I heard, part of the timberline trail was washed out at one of the crossings.  It seems every year the trail crew recuts a path through the washes.  I've gone prior to the trail crew-it's an experience, but not fun.

If you want an easy weekend trip, I think I've seen people backpacking the trail to Ramona Falls just west of Hood (it's at lower elevation).
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