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The Elk Meadows Hike (~7 miles and 1200' elevation gain) is an enjoyable summer hike with outstanding views and floral displays. The hike begins near the Mt Hood Meadows Sno Park area and travels level for nearly the first mile. During this part of the hike you will cross several small streams. As we enter the Mt Hood Wilderness, we will cross Clark Creek on a bridge.<br> <br> Then we come to the most difficult part of the hike which is crossing Newton Creek. The water is fast and depending on the time of year or current weather conditions, the water can vary greatly in depth. Use caution crossing. After reaching the north side of the creek, the trail climbs vigorously for about a half mile through a series of 9 switchbacks. At the top of the ridge, the trail intersects the trail to Bluegrass Ridge #647 and Gnarl Ridge #652. <br> <br> We will turn right for outstanding views of the meadow and of Mt Hood on the perimeter trail which will lead to our lunch stop at the shelter. After lunch, we will continue around until the Gnarl Ridge connecting trail. We turn right up this trail and return on the connection #652 to the left back to the main trail and on down to the trailhead.
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