Eden Park Loop via Vista Ridge Trail #626

based on 40 tracks & routes #53 hike out of 129 in
7.5 mi
4 hrs 0 min
1,385 ft
Elev Gain


This is a moderate lollipop loop trail to Eden Park in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Follow the trail into the forest then reach a junction with the Vista Ridge Trail and turn left. Enter an area burned in the 2011 Dollar Lake Fire. The extra sunlight has resulted in an explosion of huckleberries, making this a yummy hike in late summer.

Reach the junction with the Eden Park Trail and turn right. The trail descends through the burned trees. Wildflowers bloom along here in July. Cross Ladd Creek (there is no bridge) then reach Eden Park, which did not burn. There are a few campsites here. The trail circles around the meadow then climbs up the slope above the meadow, providing a good aerial view of Eden Park.

Reach the junction with the Timberline Trail and turn left. Pass through Cairn Basin where you'll find an old stone shelter and a few campsites. Wildflowers bloom here in summer. Cross back over Ladd Creek (no bridge) and climb up the slope through burned trees. When you reach the junction with the Vista Ridge Trail you will turn left to head back to your car, but you may wish to stay straight for a few hundred feet to visit Wy'east Basin, a small meadow with nice views to the north.

Getting Started

The trailhead has very limited parking so arrive early. There is no toilet. The trail starts at the far end of the parking area next to a sign.

Taking Children

This is a hard hike on a hot day due to the lack of shade and kids may tucker out fast.

This is an alternate route for Wy'East Basin via Vista Ridge Trail #626.

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Sangye Ince-Johannsen 10 years, 11 months ago
Cairn Basin, near Welches, Oregon
This trail is an Oregon classic. Hike up the Vista Ridge trail through the remnants of the forest that used to exist there before the devastating Dollar Lake fire of 2011. Once you emerge out of the scorched hill, you enter a wonderland of alpine meadows, icy brooks and an explosion of wildflowers (in early August) all under the imposing view of the north face of Mt Hood. There are also quite a few huckleberry bushes, which should be ripe by early September -- although in August you are bound to find a few early ripe ones. This trail is truly a jewel of the Pacific Northwest.
Mike Jackson 9 years ago
Cairn Basin and Eden via Vista Ridge Trailhead
I borrowed someone else's actual "Track" for this because I forgot to start a new one and mine was cluttered with hikes from last year. But, essentially this is the same path I took with Jonathan on Sunday. The pics are mine though.
clifftemple 1 year, 11 months ago
campbesw 4 years, 10 months ago
ctemple7 8 years, 1 month ago