McNeil Point Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rhododendron, OR that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November.
On a clear day you can see Mt. Ranier, Mt. Adams, and St. Helens. Beginning of hike is through a beautiful forest setting and is quite relaxing. In some areas you are walking through close-in brush. At higher elevations you are above the treeline and it is quite steep/strenuous. Lunch stop at old rock shelter (McNeil Point) where one can see Mt. Ranier and Mt. Adams on a clear day. Quite worth it.
Beautiful hike, with lots of different terrain and segments of the PCT and Timberline Trail. Woods, rocks, valleys. Half-way, there's an incredible place to stop for lunch, with an amazing view of Hood. I hit plenty of snow, which made for a beautiful final few miles of this hike. Incredible views looking North to Ranier and Adams (and Jefferson).
Very nice day hike!
I would rate it as moderate (rather than difficult), but still very enjoyable for experienced hikers. The trail doesn't go steep except for the very last ascend to McNeil Point, which is pretty short. I was also lucky with the weather - not too hot, not too cold (in the 60's), which made it a great day to enjoy. View from McNeil Point and along the way was quite nice as well. Overall time: 4:40h, including ~40mins dedicated to eating blueberries.
One correction: the map from AllTrails app was very useful to track progress along, but it only shows the trail up to and around the loop, without the leg to the McNeil Point. There is about one mile more from the far end of the loop to reach the McNeil Point, which is a nice small peak under Mt. Hood (well worth the extra mile, so do budget for it).
This is a nice and pretty popular trail. There are always more than a few backpackers camping out. It's a nice gradual climb all the way up, I wouldn't say there are extreme incline sections. Always best on a nice clear day to see all the surrounding mountains. If you have time make sure you continue past the shelter and head over to the glacier.
Immediately rewarding with amazing vistas.
At the loop where alltrails wants you to go around clockwise, DONT! Go counterclockwise, there is a very hard to see trail to the right that corresponds to the right leg of the loop. Go up that way it is steeper, and going down it is not fun.
Best hike, with best Portlander in Beaverton & Hillsboro Oregon. Mind boggling views and vista on the other side of Mt. Hood: simply Amazing day, we'll spend with friends and my new family in Oregon.
Gentle and lovely!
Great hike. Take the Bald Mountain route by taking the Timberline trail to the south from Top Spur and then cut over back to the route above. The view is amazing.
Did anyone do this hike recently ?
Planning to hike up there on 4th July.
How much snow should I expect ? (trying to avoid snow as much as possible)
The trip there was pretty enclosed, but the end view made everything worth it. I didn't make it all the way there, since I lost the trail due to snow. I definitely plan on trying again once the weather warms up.
Breathtaking views from the top. Will definitely be back with friends!
I hiked this trail almost 2 years ago in August and it has been one of my favorite hikes ever since. I got lost at the end though and never made it to the little fort that the trail leads to, as the trail splits in half towards the very end. I instead ended up hiking about a mile further than I needed to to some rocky point that was pretty steep (maybe even a better ending to the hike though!) I would say that this trail is only difficult because of the distance and the fact that it is uphill the whole time.
Wonderful hike! It's second best so far (comparable to south sisters). Tough, but doable.
Great hike, fairly rough at times, but through old forests, glacier streams, meadows, ridges and bluffs to great views of Sandy Glacier and the surrounding hills and mountains in the distance. Make sure you go on a clear day to see Mt. Hood.