Top Spur Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rhododendron, OR and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until September.
Directions from Sandy: Travel east on Highway 26 to the Zigzag Ranger Station. From here, head north to Lolo Pass Road and follow it for four miles to its intersection with Road 1825 and veer right. In approximately one mile, veer left onto Road 1828. Follow 1828 for about 6.5 miles, then turn right at the intersection with Road 1828-118. The roads are well marked from 1828 to the trailhead. Please park head in at the trailhead.
Totally worth the view up on top. Trail has lots of tree trunks to step over on lower trail but once to the top it levels out a bit. View sight is by steep cliffs but not to bad.
It was a good hike, but super warm. It was in the 80's. Portland hit 100F today. I should have read the reviews first. I didn't realize this was just a short trail to take you to other trail intersections. Also, the Top Spur trail head coordinates are WAY off. It took me to a spot along the road that was over a mile away. After initially looking around that area for a while we almost gave up on finding the trail head. Eventually we drove down the road quite a ways and then saw a sign for the official trail head.
Update: I tried to submit new coordinates, but not sure when they will be active.
Amazing fun hike, with spectacular views!!!..
Unbelievable views of Mt Hood. Very short trail from LOLO pass rd. Parking is difficult in peak season though.
Starting at the Top Spur Trailhead, this short trail takes you to ridge trail leading to McNeil Point and Cairn Basin. Beautiful views of the north side of Mt. Hood. Wildflowers are gorgeous in July.
Top Spur is really just an extended trailhead that takes you to a junction with 4 longer more fabulous trails, two being routes following the Pacific Crest Trail. We used Top Spur to get to the Muddy Fork portion of the Timberline trail and it was amazing. With a long chilly spring this year and such a mild summer our late July hike was filled with wildflowers. Truly breathtaking. Unfortunately, parts of the Muddy Fork were washed out and we turned back after about 2 miles in. Hope to do this one again next year.