Lolo Pass Road

Mount Hood, Oregon (Hood River County)

Last Updated: 05/25/2020
4.5 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: 12/01 - 05/31
Length: 9.76 miles
Highest Elevation: 3321 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Mount Hood
Nearest Town w/ Services:
Official Road Name: 18
Management Agency: Mt Hood National Forest
District: Hood River Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Lolo Pass Road
Lolo Pass is an iconic mountain pass in Oregon that hugs the northwestern shoulder of Mount Hood. Throughout the Lolo Pass trail, breathtaking views of Mount Hood loom large around every corner. During the snowy season and before the trail closes, Lolo Pass offers some of the best up-close scenic views of Mount Hood without the need to drive up US Highway 26 to Government Camp or Timberline Lodge. The views change drastically during the four seasons giving some of the most iconic views of Mount Hood while requiring low effort to reach the viewpoints.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Lolo Pass Rd Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail begins where the pavement ends.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 45.427320, -121.796610

Starting Point: Portland, Oregon

Travel east for about 44 miles on US Highway 26 following signs for the town of Zigzag. Turn left onto Lolo Pass Road approximately one-quarter mile before reaching the Zigzag Ranger Station. Look for the Zigzag Mountain Cafe on the left. The Zigzag Ranger Station a quarter-mile further east on US Highway 26 is a great resource to check and verify the road over Lolo Pass is open. Follow Lolo Pass Road for 10.6 miles to reach the trailhead for Lolo Pass where NF-18 and NF-1810 split, and the pavement ends.

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Trail Reviews (6)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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I cruised this trail this afternoon. It is clear of snow, and in good shape. The washout is still there, and getting a little deeper. Still doable in a stock truck or SUV, but definitely not for a passenger car/sedan.

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Status: Open
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Great Saturday drive across an Oregon classic, Lolo Pass! Love the wash out / stream!

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Status: Open
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Hit this again on the way to Mt. Defiance. As stated in other reviews, the road is not closed despite the sign saying it is at the north entrance to the off pavement stretch. There are several power line roads that are fun to explore and add some variation to the drive. It looks like it may also be fun to poke around up FR 020 at the 11_Fork6 way-point. If anyone explores some of the adjoining forest roads let us know.

Author:
Status: Open
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Did this a couple of months ago and it was a fun road. The main washout is a challenge and I don't think should be attempted by most cars. I came across some folks in a rental sedan and they wisely decided to turn back! Looking forward to linking this road to a trip up Mt. Defiance soon. I think I've got a fun looking route mapped out. Wish me luck!

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Status: Open
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Did Lolo Pass today. Great beginner trail. The wash out does provide enough of a challenge that it helps to have a spotter for wheel placement. Easily done in a stock 1999 Toyota Tacoma 4wd. The down side of the trail is all the powerlines taking away from the view.

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Status: Open
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Excellent views of Mount Hood along this route, even despite power lines being in most of them. Best time of day for the scenery is late afternoon when the sun is to the west lighting up the mountain while its ridge lines cast dark contrasting shadows on the north face. Beautiful! Coming from 26, when we reached the start of the route there was a sign that said road closed one mile ahead. If you have a high ground clearance vehicle you can safely ignore this. The road is not closed. However, there are a couple spots where the road is slightly washed out and there are some uneven ditches to cross. This was easily driven over in my Wrangler in 2WD (Note: There was just a little tire slippage). For a standard ground clearance automobile I would definitely expect scraping of the front bumper and chassis and could see a 2WD car high-sided and stuck. An AWD/4WD car would probably make it, but again with scraping.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Not actually a question, but a possible addition. Right before the waypoint #7 bridge (going north) there is an abandoned bridge within an easy walk from the road and it's an interesting find ("to the right person"). https://www.google.com/maps/place/45%C2%B027'23.0%22N+121%C2%B046'58.0%22W/@45.4565548,-121.7826069,80m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d45.4564!4d-121.78278 You can just see one of the uprights on the bridge through the foliage, and there is a large concrete block blocking access. I
–Rick Ernst (09/01/2019)
–Dean Johnston (09/03/2019)

Writer Information

Dean Johnston

Mapping Crew - Oregon

Dean has lived in Oregon for over 9 years - having spent most of his adult life in Southern California where his love for exploring the outdoors was born. Over the years Dean has hiked to remote fishing holes, mountain biked red-dirt trails of AZ, and backpacked the trails of the Eastern Sierras. As an avid off-road explorer driving a Jeep Wrangler, Dean can often be found traversing the back-roads and trails of Oregon and Washington, or overlanding in Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah. Dean is also a Trail Guide for Jeep Jamboree USA, guiding jamboree participants in and around the 4x4 trails of Tillamook State Forest in Oregon. Dean's day-job is Business Development for a local aerospace company, but he also owns & operates a number of small businesses. Dean is a retired Police Officer, an Army veteran, and airplane pilot.
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