Hunchback Trail is a 9.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Sandy: Follow Highway 26 east to the Zigzag Ranger Station where parking is available for the trail.
Very steep but a beautiful trail and a great view of Mt. Hood!
Did the part between kinzel lake and green canyon. Epic and surprising views of mount hood. The ranger station at Devils peak was a hoot. You should do this!
This trail is a leg burning challenge but holy jumpin! If the hike doesn't kill ya the views and the solace sure will! Not for the faint of heart.
Hunchback Trail #793 is a challenging trail. There are a lot of switchbacks initially and it is relatively steep. I basically ran down from the first view point and my legs are really sore! Awesome, challenging hike,
The Hunchback Ttrail #793 runs through the middle of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. This trail traverses the forested Hunchback Ridge which has several rocky viewpoints along the route. Scenic Devil’s Peak Lookout is located near the southern end of the trail.
Starting from the Zigzag Ranger Station, this trail climbs steeply for 1.9 miles, gaining over 2,000 feet in elevation to a viewpoint. Leaving the viewpoint, the trail traverses the Hunchback ridgeline until descending into a saddle and junction with the Green Canyon Trail #793A (3.6 miles). The trail continues for 2.4 miles as a series of steep climbs and descents that can be rocky, narrow and covered with fallen trees, to the Devil’s Peak Lookout trail. Devil’s Peak Lookout remains open to the public, but has been out of service for over 25 years. From the Lookout, continue southeast for 1.2 miles to the southern trailhead at Kinzel Lake/Sherar Burn Road (Forest Road 2613). Some segments of this trail are primitive with minimal tread surface, which can lead to several scrambles.
Hunchback, or at least the first (Northernmost) is used by the Zigzag Hotshots for power hiking. training, climbing the first leg with a 75 pound pack. I believe the record stands bout 27 minutes, my best time was 38 minutes.
Once the first 1.9 miles is completed the trail turns into one of the most specular and scenic trails on the mountain
It was pretty!