East Fork Tr650

3D view of East Fork Trail #650 and Bluegrass Ridge Trail #647

Overall: 5

Aerobic: 5

Technical: 4

Steepness: 5

Flow: 6

Singletrack: 100%

Gently ascending alongside Hood River, East Fork Tr650 could be considered a destination trail by those seeking relatively easy terrain.

Type

OAB

Length

Avg: 11.5mi

Ascent

Easy

Elevation Change

TH:2900'
Avg Ascent:1900'

Ascent Incline

6%

Duration

Avg: 2hr

Weather
Forecast

NOAA

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East Fork trail switchback to Hood River

Those seeking an easy river ride could also consider Rainbow to Riverside Tr723 or Urban Link trail.

The first 2mi, between FR3510 and the Sherwood campground intersection, include several steep (10%) hillside ascents, so beginners should start from the Sherwood campground or be ready to do some hike-a-bike.

The ascent from Sherwood is steep for .7mi, then eases off into a more gradual climb.

The 3.9mi Robinhood Creek crossing may be impassable in the Spring, making it the turnaround point.

The 1mi Cold Spring creek crossing may also be impassable till late Spring.

Expect this easily accessible trail to be very popular with hikers (plus their children, parents and pets) on summer weekends.

 

Mount Hood Wilderness Hiking

Timberline Trail 600, Pacific Crest Trail 2000-G and surrounding trails form a hub and spoke trail system around Mount Hood in classic Pacific Northwest trails circumnavigating Mount Hood with alpine vistas, waterfalls, alpine meadows and west side Cascade forest.

This section of the Pacific Crest Trail extends from Barlow Pass to Lolo Pass, with Timberline Trail 600 surrounding the north and east sides of Mount Hood at the treeline, from Yocum Ridge to Timberline Lodge.

Timberline Trail 600 was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s, with challenging glacial-fed drainages crossing Newton, Coe, Muddy Fork, Sandy and White Rivers.

Wilderness permits are required and locator beacons are suggested. Mount Hood Summit info.

The large Area Maps on the following pages cover most of this trail system Pioneer Bridal Tr795, Sahalie Falls Trail 667C, Timberline Glade Trail 661, Tilly Jane Trail 643.

Shaded by large Douglas fir, Tamanawas Falls Tr650A offers a cool summer hike as it follows the Cold Spring Creek to the 100' falls.

A CCW loop of Elk Meadows Tr645 and Tamanawas Falls Tr650A, plus a side trip to the falls area, would be suitable for a moderate hike.

 

Bluegrass Ridge Tr647 offers views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier. Hiking from the southern terminus at the Elk Meadows Tr645 - Gnarl Ridge Tr652 5,280’ intersection, the trail mainly follows the ridge, descending gradually to Cold Spring Creek at 3,620’. The creek crossing can be dangerous during Spring runoff or after heavy rainfall. A 15mi (11%, 4300' ascent) CCW loop consists of an unrelenting Elk Meadows Tr645 and Bluegrass Ridge Tr647 ascent leading to Robinhood Tr11, returning on East Fork Tr650.

Directions: See Map. SR35 to FR3510 TH, or to the Sherwood Campground TH. View Larger Map. No Map?.

East Fork Trail view of Hood River East Fork, Bluegrass Ridge, Elk Meadows, Tamanawas Falls Topo Map

OAB Directions

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East Fork Area Topo Map

  • TH: From the FR3510 TH, pass the Elk Meadows Tr645 intersection on the right, then traverse two steep hillside ascents.
  • 1mi: Cross Cold Spring creek and pass the Tamanawas Falls Tr650A intersection on the right. Climb around the hillside, cross a creek at 1.6mi, then pass the Sherwood campground intersection at 1.9mi.
  • 2.2mi: Go past several intersections with FR620 over the next .8mi.
  • 4.8mi: Cross FR630 then ride alongside Horsethief Meadows to the Robinhood campground.

 

 

Trail Index

This Ride

East Fork Trail 650

Mount Hood Wilderness Hiking

Bluegrass Ridge Trail 647, Elk Meadows Trail 645, Gnarl Ridge Trail 652, Lamberson Spur Trail 644, Newton Creek Trail 646, Polallie Falls Trail 29, Robinhood Trail 11, Tamanawas Falls Trail 650A, Tamanawas Tie Trail 650B

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Campgrounds

Nottingham Campground, Robinhood Campground, Sherwood Campground

 

Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge

 

 

 

 

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