Hiking Trails on the Eastside of Mt Hood

Well hello, Spring!

As we check folks in to the motel, we often get asked what kind of activities there are to do around the area. Now I won’t go too far into detail on the fun times, but I will share a rather unique trailhead on this side of the mountain to be explored by foot. Bring your cameras though because you’ll need them to catch the elusive wildflowers in this dry area.

Here’s a view to the south from the Ball Point Saddle…AMAZING!

School Canyon is located in the Badger Creek Wilderness of the Mt Hood National Forest This hike is 6.4 miles out and back to Helispot #122, and can be accessed from Highway 197.

Driving directions from the west, and traveling from Highway 197, along with the MAP can be found on the US Forest Service’s site.

It’s always best to practice going outdoors with your 10 MOST ESSENTIALS Hiking items in mind. It’s important to be safe out in the wilderness, and practice all precaution to avoid those inherit risks involved in outdoor recreation. It’s also helpful to learn the hunting practices in the area.

This time of year, the temps are just starting to increase into the mid-70′s, which means the wildflowers displays are on.
Bring plenty of water, a hat, and your sunblock. This hike is mostly exposed to the sunny southside, and can deliver a gorgeous sunset.

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