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Umbrella Falls #667

Intermediate

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3.2 mile 5.2 kilometer point to point
83% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,300' 396 m
Descent: -84' -26 m
High: 5,778' 1,761 m
Low: 4,562' 1,391 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)

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Trail shared by Kathleen Walker

This trail makes a great loop with Sahallie Falls Trail #667C and continues west towards Umbrella Falls.

Kathleen Walker

Features Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Umbrella Falls Trail is usually snowed in from mid-November to early June. A Northwest Forest Parking Pass or other suitable parking pass is required to park at the Elk Meadows/Sahalie Falls Trailhead.

Description

Umbrella Falls Trail spans from the Timberline Trail on the west end, to the Elk Meadows Trail and Sahalie Falls Trail #667C on the east end. The Sahalie Falls Trail #667C combined with the Umbrella Falls makes a nice trail loop opportunity.

Park at the Elk Meadow/Sahalie Falls Trailhead along the Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center Road (Forest Road 3545). Begin on the Sahalie Falls Trail #667C headed northeast for 0.4 miles to the junction with the east end of the Umbrella Falls Trail. Note: the trail beyond this junction is the Elk Meadow Trail. Turn left (west) onto the Umbrella Falls Trail and begin running uphill. You soon cross a nordic ski trail corridor and begin climbing through an open forest. At about 1/2 mile, you come to the Mt. Hood Meadows ski area and start crossing ski runs. These openings can have an assortment of wildflowers.

At 1.34 miles, you come to the junction with the west end of the Sahalie Falls Trail #667C on your left (south). You can return to your vehicle on that trail later. Umbrella Falls is another 1/3 mile up the trail with a crossing of the East Fork of Hood River. Then you can continue running the rest of Umbrella Falls to the Timberline Trail and then return and take the Sahalie Falls Trail #667C loop opportunity.

Continuing on the Umbrella Falls Trail for another relatively flat 1/3rd of a mile brings you to the Mt. Hood Meadows Road. Cross the road and pick up the trail on the other side and begin climbing through a series of grassy openings for 1.2 miles to the junction with Timberline Trail #600. At this point, you can return back to the Mt. Hood Meadows Road on the Umbrella Falls Trail, or turn right and continue to the ski area road and take it down to the ski area parking lot and pick up the Umbrella Falls at the lower road crossing. From there, return to the trailhead via the way you came, or take the Sahalie Falls Trail #667C at the junction 1/2 mile down the trail to the same trailhead location.

Flora & Fauna

Umbrella Falls Trail provides one of the easiest access points to high elevation, sub-alpine meadows of wildflowers. The forest is mountain hemlock, silver fir, noble fir, and subalpine fir. Huckleberries, kinnickinnick, and heather cover the ground. Wildflowers include lupine, bear grass, monkey flower, Indian paintbrush, penstemon, columbine, tiger lily and many others. Deer hang out in the forest-lined meadows.

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Lupine carpets the ski-run openings along the Umbrella Falls Trail. Photo by Colette Gardiner.
Jan 31, 2017 near Governm…, OR
Bear-grass blankets a ski run on the Umbrella Falls Trail. Photo by Gene Blick.
Jan 31, 2017 near Governm…, OR
Meadows of lupine and bear-grass adorn the trail to Umbrella Falls. Photo by Colette Gardniner.
Jan 31, 2017 near Governm…, OR
Mt. Hood can be seen from some openings on the Umbrella Falls Trail. Photo by Yunkette.
Jan 31, 2017 near Governm…, OR
The deer hang out in tree-lined meadows along the trail to Umbrella Falls. Photo by Colette Gardiner.
Jan 31, 2017 near Governm…, OR
Mt. Hood and bountiful wildflowers serve as your companions on the Umbrella Falls Trail. Photo by Gene Blick.
Jan 31, 2017 near Governm…, OR

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