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Mt. Hood Meadows Debuts More Than Eight Miles of New Hiking Trails this Summer for Mt. Hood’s Premier Chairlift-served Hiking Experience

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Hiking along the new trails at Mt. Hood MeadowsMt. Hood Meadows will launch summer scenic chairlift and hiking operations June 25 - with 8.5 miles of newly-constructed hiking trails from the base area. The trail system connects the base area to woodland trails through meadows of wildflowers to magnificent overlooks and waterfall hikes.

The popular Umbrella Falls, Sahalie Falls, Elk Meadows and Timberline trails all pass through the Meadows permit area and are now easily accessed from the new trails built last summer. Resort VP of Marketing and Sales Dave Tragethon says, “We’re blessed with a cornucopia of nature and these new trails provide a more personal connection with the mountain environment. The new trails weave through meadows of wildflowers, in and out of the forest canopy and along mountain streams. They provide a much closer and intimate walk with nature.”

Scenic chairlift ride at Mt. Hood MeadowsIn addition to the interconnections, Meadows also built a trail through scenic Jack’s Woods — a popular ski/snowboard run in Heather Canyon — and a spur to Picnic Rock, which Tragethon lauds as “one of the most magnificent overlooks on our mountain.” To provide additional context to hikers about the the natural areas they’re enjoying, Meadows is installing a number of large-format interpretive trail signs that will provide information and storytelling on the history of Mt. Hood and Meadows, the resort’s important relationship with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, glaciology, volcanology, flora and fauna found in the resort’s permit area and more. “It truly is the premier chairlift-served high-altitude hiking experience on Mt. Hood,” declares Tragethon.

New hiking trails access spectacular views at Mt. Hood MeadowsSummer operations include a wide range of activities beyond hiking and scenic chairlift rides, such as geocaching, culinary festivals and other weekend events, games and nighttime movies on the deck. The resort will also have outdoor mountain-view dining on the deck to help refresh hungry and thirsty hikers, and a gift shop for logo wear and more. Meadows’s summer season kicks off June 25 and runs through Labor Day (September 6), with the resort open Thursdays through Mondays.

Wildflowers adorn the landscape at Mt. Hood MeadowsDays & Hours of Operations
June 25 - September 6
Thursday & Friday* - 10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday & Sunday - 10 AM to 7 PM; closing at 5 PM on Sunday, July 4
Monday 10 AM to 5 PM
*The chairlift will be open until 7 PM on Friday nights that we are offering Movies on the Deck

The south lodge deck bustles with activity on an events weekend at Mt. Hood MeadowsCulinary Festivals, Mushroom Hunts, Summer Music Series and Friday Night Movies on the Deck highlight a lively summer events schedule.

Summer events return to Mt. Hood Meadows with an extra helping of culinary events from a Polynesian Food Festival and Foods of Mexico Festival to a Fall Harvest Brewers Dinner. The stellar Stargazer Dinner returns with a nighttime star show and presentation from the Rose City Astronomers. Our culinary  presentations will be accommodated in the new Sahale Lodge.

Mt. Hood Meadows presents movies on the deck Friday evenings in August 2021New events started two seasons ago have “mushroomed” into a series of events this summer. Every Sunday in August, join our local expert Jason Roberts for a mushroom hunt to learn how to identify, forage and collect these tasty delicacies. Friday Night Movies on the Deck will be presented in August through September 3, featuring all-time favorite movies under the stars.

Mushroom Hunt Series: Sundays August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Movies on the Deck: Friday evenings August 6, 13, 20, 27 & September 3
Live Music on the Mountain: July 11, August 7 & 28, September 4 & 5

Doggies of all shapes and sizes return to Meadows for the Oregon Humane Society fundraiser “Mutts on the Mountain” August 28. And the summer events kick off opening weekend with a SOLVE Mountain Cleanup on Saturday, June 26.

Events Schedule  (subject to change)

June 26: SOLVE Mountain Cleanup
July 10: Polynesian Food Festival
July 11: Makers Market
July 17: Stargazer Dinner
July 24: Foods of Mexico Festival
July 31 - August 1: Wy'east Howl Adventure Run
August 6: Kiddie Bike Race
August 21: Brew Fest
August 28: Mutts on the Mountain Fundraiser for Oregon Humane Society
September 25: Fall Harvest Brew Dinner