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East side of Mt. Hood
As I put on my daypack, the clouds were gathering on top of Mt. Hood. Soon the upper 4,000 feet of the summit disappeared, and never reappeared on my five-hour hike.
I was parked at the end of the entrance road to the Meadows Ski Resort. I assumed it would be too late for the spectacular alpine wildflower show, but thought I might see some late bloomers and maybe an elk or two.
First, I decided to take a one-half mile detour to 60-foot Umbrella Falls, a pretty spreading angled slide. It was a very pleasant area with nice campsites nearby. I found where a small herd of elk had bedded down for the day, but never spotted one.
From there it was only a 1 1/2 mile ascent to the Timberline Trail. I headed north through the open meadows for several miles until reaching a nice overlook of the Newton Creek Canyon.
A very nice hike indeed!