Distance: 6 miles
Elevation gain: 1,500 ft.
Location: Mount Hood Wilderness
We rarely visit the eastern side of Mount Hood, and the ecosystems there are quite different from the western side of the mountain where we typically hike. The eastern side is much dryer and wild feeling with different trees and understory plants than the western side. We crossed two creeks on this hike and the first one, Clark Creek (shown below), has a bridge going over a fast moving and wide stream. The second one, Newton Creek, requires that you cross on logs that have been placed across the stream and can be dangerous. I must have been convinced of this since I was terrified of falling as I tried to cross. I made it, and we continued the hike all the way to the meadows with stunning views of Mount Hood. We were a few weeks late for the wildflowers, so we’ll have to come back earlier in the year next time.