This is an all day ramble to alpine meadows on the west side of Mt. Hood at the head of the Sandy River. The trail is long but the rewards are great: walk through Mt. Hood's last eruption and see 200-year old snags; enjoy beautiful Ramona Falls; wonder at great old 500 year old noble firs and mountain hemlock; and enjoy a view of Mt. Hood from the head of the Sandy River so beautiful it will bring tears to your eyes; a nap in the flower-filled alpine meadow is likely. I've hiked over 100 trails locally, and this is my #1 favorite day trip hike from Portland. Only something this wonderful would be worth all the work. Mitigating the distance is the soft, even, well-graded, well-maintained trail that lacks up-and-down roller-coastering: we'll hike straight up then come straight down.
Pace averages 1.5 mi/hr, including lots of breaks. Feel free to stop and photograph flowers, watch for birds, or track elk and coyote.
Wilderness area regulation restricts attendance to 12 heartbeats, so no dogs - that would be one less person.
Brewpub to follow.
Meet at 6:30 AM, back around 9:00 PM (Sunrise: 6:23 AM Sunset: 8:02 PM)