Portland, OR: Umbrella Falls Loop

Easily accessible loop hike to two waterfalls in the Mt. Hood National forest.
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Easily accessible loop hike to two waterfalls in the Mt. Hood National forest.

This is a great fairly easy hike suitable for late spring, summer and fall when no snow is on the ground as the area is used for downhill skiing in the winter. Perfect for kids and families as the trail is not too long with mostly easy grades. What is really great is that there are two very nice waterfalls to be seen on this loop hike. There are several pools at the bottom of Umbrella falls that would be great for kids to play in when warm weather is here. A short scramble/off trail walk down to the old highway to see the full splendor of Sahalie falls is required though.

To get to the trail head take Highway 26 out of Portland and continue on Highway 35 toward Hood River. About 7 miles later pass the exit to Mt. Hood Meadows Ski area. Then take the second left onto forest road 3545, also to the nordic center at hood river meadows. Continue a short distance and the parking area will be on your left.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 15.6

Waypoints

Trailhead

Location: 45.322431, -121.63379

Umbrella falls trailhead and parking area.

Broken bridge

Location: 45.321338, -121.64981

Bridge over small creek here that is in need of replacement.

Small creek crossing

Location: 45.322134, -121.634268

Here is a small creek that must be crossed just before meeting the road and trailhead.

Meadow creek

Location: 45.321318, -121.652996

Bridge over small creek in an open meadow.

Sahalie Falls

Location: 45.318252, -121.640282

Scramble down from the main trail to meet the old highway road bridge with a great view of Sahalie falls.

Jct. trail to Sahalie falls

Location: 45.326183, -121.654683

At this point take a right and go south on the trail to Sahalie Falls.

Ski run meadow

Location: 45.328955, -121.652088

Large open meadow here that is a ski run in the winter time.

Small creek

Location: 45.33084, -121.651215

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Bridge over small creek

Location: 45.321271, -121.653864

This bridge over a small creek is in a swamp area.

Umbrella Falls

Location: 45.328891, -121.661186

Umbrella falls.

Trailhead Sign

Location: 45.322582, -121.633565

Trailhead Parking

Location: 45.322476, -121.633705

Umbrella Falls sign

Location: 45.327199, -121.631795

Left turn here off of trail 645 and onto the Umbrella falls trail.

Small creek on ski run.

Location: 45.330925, -121.651086

Ski Run Meadow

Location: 45.328994, -121.652008

View South East down the ski run meadow.

UmbrellaFalls

Location: 45.328948, -121.661149

Sahalie Jct.

Location: 45.326218, -121.654626

Right turn South onto the Sahalie falls Trail.

SwampBridge

Location: 45.3213, -121.653811

MeadowBridge

Location: 45.321375, -121.652931

Bridge over small creek in flat meadow area.

Broken Bridge

Location: 45.32139, -121.649755

Broken bridge over small creek.

Sahalie Trail

Location: 45.31961, -121.644799

Picture of Sahalie Trail.

Sahalie Falls

Location: 45.318312, -121.640249

View of Sahalie Falls from the old highway bridge.

Tralhead creek

Location: 45.322175, -121.634177

Small creek to cross just before getting back to the trailhead.

Umbrella Falls Trail

Location: 45.328737, -121.654143

Picture of the Umbrella Falls Trail.