Alex and I decided to go to Elk Meadows on Friday 19 July 2013. We are trying to take advantage of the snow-free months to enjoy higher elevation hikes.
We had a difficult time getting to the trailhead. William Sullivan’s directions confused us. We eventually went further down highway 35 to turn left at a huge sign entitled Elk Meadows! Then, frustratingly, we realized we had not brought our Northwest Forest Pass. We reluctantly returned to Government Camp to buy a day pass, and finally got on our way.
The hike itself was pretty nice. The negative: There was a lot of forest walking, and lots of buzzing flies. The positive: the climbing was very easy, Clark Creek and Newton Creek were beautiful, and it was a clear day, allowing us to view Mt Hood from the meadow very easily.
Here are some more photos from the walk.
I’m also doing a post on where we camped after doing this hike.