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.
- Distance: 15.6
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Umbrella falls trailhead and parking area.
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Bridge over small creek here that is in need of replacement.
Small creek crossing
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Here is a small creek that must be crossed just before meeting the road and trailhead.
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Bridge over small creek in an open meadow.
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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
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At this point take a right and go south on the trail to Sahalie Falls.
Ski run meadow
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Large open meadow here that is a ski run in the winter time.
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Bridge over small creek
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This bridge over a small creek is in a swamp area.
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Umbrella Falls sign
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Left turn here off of trail 645 and onto the Umbrella falls trail.
Small creek on ski run.
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Ski Run Meadow
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View South East down the ski run meadow.
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Right turn South onto the Sahalie falls Trail.
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Bridge over small creek in flat meadow area.
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Broken bridge over small creek.
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Picture of Sahalie Trail.
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View of Sahalie Falls from the old highway bridge.
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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.