Silcox Hut Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Government Camp, OR that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Great views, but very industrialized. The ski area has paved the bottom 1/10 mile and are using it as a road.
It was a 60 degree day with no wind. We snowshoed straight up the ridge, passing many descending climbers, skiers, dogs and snowmobiles. Views were spectacular, stretching 50-70 miles to Central Oregon, where Mt Jefferson and the Sisters are visible. Timberline Lodge and its chairlifts are a constant presence here, as are other people. But it's still a solitary experience in many ways. This is a challenging snowshoe due to the elevation level (up to 7,000 feet) and the heavy and wet snow we experienced. The small bench at Silcox Hut provided a welcome respite to sit and enjoy our lunch. The snowshoe down was also fun, as we were able to plunge-step nicely and fall accordingly.
Pretty good if you are looking for a workout. You will trek straight up hill for a mile and then straight back down, which can be a little rough on the knees. If a mile uphill isn't long enough for you there is groomed trail to keep climbing. Be prepared to share the trail with cross country skiers, dogs, and an occasional snowplow.
A decent hike, even in the summer if you head out on the PCT from Timberline towards Paradise and hit it from there. There are some marmots poking about, which are always fun. I imagine it's breathtaking with showshoes in the winter.
What a awesome hike, we snowshoed to the hut from wy east lodge, we hiked part of the groomed trail and then made the ascent to the hut on the snowcat trail. Lots of fun and a great workout!
You would think you could hike to Silcox Hut on Mt. Hood from Timberline Lodge near the end of June (the "season" starts in mid-July), but not in 2010, as the base was still deep and the US ski team was still training... Undaunted, we climbed through the snow fields to Silcox Hut, soaking our hiking boots (which were dry by the next day). Like snowshoeing right up the mountain with a great workout, it was fun boot skiing on the way down, just watch out for the holes in the melting snow! We had great views of the surrounding area, watched as the ski team performed 720s and other cool tricks on both snowboards and skis. Silcox was still closed but the lifts were operating... the sky was brilliant and the mountain beautiful. Definitely a nice hike either with or without snow!