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hiking
23 hours ago

Stunning snow hike with friends and dog. The sights were absolutely glorious when we hiked out of the cloud that took up the parking area. Great snow for either a hike or feel free to put on your snow shoes over a mile in. A+, would recommend to anyone looking for pristine views of Hood

snowshoeing
14 days ago

Lots of sledding close to the parking lot.
For snowshoeing I would suggest walking close to the river for the best experience!

hiking
4 months ago

great hike if you don't mind unpaved roads and dust. the view of Mt Hood was amazing and since we did it just after labor day there was no snow on the trail. not an easy trail by any stretch of the imagination for beginners, though.

hiking
4 months ago

As another poster mentioned, this is a really dusty trail in the summer. It's also not marked well. We ended up off trail and over to the farther east side of the mountain scrambling our way through parts of Palmer glacier! We made several ravine / creavasse crossings with snow in trail running shoes which is nuts but thank goodness we made it out. We've been hiking for many years and feel comfortable off trail but this was eerie due to the possibility of dangerous rock falls. Gorgeous scenery and the Timberline Lodge is amazing. 3 stars bc the trail is not well marked and I felt like I needed a scouring brush to get the fine volcanic dust out of my pores! lol.

hiking
5 months ago

Very outback and not much hikers around and a bit sketchy , I started from Government Camp to the Timberline Lodge, the trails were so rocky and an even pavement, a good ankle support is a must, lots of mosquitoes, there’s not much view except the Mt. Hood. A moderate to somewhat difficult hike.

trail running
5 months ago

I didn't find the scenery on this hike that great compared to the countless other nearby options that are breathtaking. I would rate this more like a moderate, NOT easy if you are doing the full Glade Trail including the extra part shown here (it may be easy when there's snow). It's pretty steep and there are parts that are very rocky and could be slippery. It appears the high ratings are during winter, I went in July.

The route shown is not correct, it shows more like how the crow flies, not the actual trail which had some windy sections. Also, the trailhead for Glade is down the street. This route has you walking on Skyline and then joining with Glade. Lastly, my Garmin tracked this at closer to 7.5 - 8 miles total.

I did like it to train for Hood to Coast. I hiked up to the top and ran down, there were areas I had to walk but I'm new to trail running. The steepness and distance is similar to leg 1 of the race IMO. That was the purpose of me coming here, so I would keep it as a training run or way to walk to Timberline from Government Camp, but not for scenery.

hiking
5 months ago

this is absolutely NOT an easy hike. I’m not sure what people are speaking of here... I regularly hike 10+ mountainous miles and this ~7.5 mile up then down hike that ends right at the legendary Timberline Lodge deserves a tag somewhere between moderate and difficult. 95% of the hike is a decent grade, but there are a few very steep sections on slippery rocks. Most of the hike had views of the Mt Hood peak above, and of Trillium Lake below.

Lots and lots of deer + elk sign, little predator sign in some bark scratching and trail marking scat. Not too much human impact.


overall GREAT experience. 4 stars instead of 5 because the top was extremely busy and it was a little “monotonous” if I’m being picky. I prefer some scenery change in a hike but this was as close to 5 stars as it gets!

Did this trail on 7th July, and there was still enough snow on the mountain that 2 ski runs were open. The trail itself was fine though - we were wearing hiking boots and there were only a couple of places where we had to cross through the (low-level) snow. It’s quite a dusty trail for the most part, and quick elevation gain, but worth it for the amazing views and sense of achievement. If you’re looking for a place to play in the snow in mid-summer then that’s also a bonus ;-)

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful, easy/moderate

hiking
7 months ago

I see so many snowshoe reviews, I figured I'd put in a hiking review. My dad and I did this hike, and it was amazing! This review, is many years later, but the land, the view, and the experience has not changed. We extended the hike up the middle ridge (where the loop wraps around) up to White River Glacier. It felt like we could touch the peak of the mountain! Everything seemed enormous. The hike up until the ridge, family friendly. The ridge, I wouldn't take small children, as you go up, the drop on both sides gets pretty dang intense. The experience was amazing for me! The view looking at Mt. Hood, and all around was amazing! Hard work, but worth it.

SUNSCREEN!

7 months ago

Great trail for our dogs! Easy walk.

walking
7 months ago

We couldn’t go but about a half mile up from the trailhead because there was snow we didn’t expect. It’s May 25, and we were just day tripping, didn’t expect quite that amount of snow. So be prepared with the right shoes! Lots of skiers and snowboarders too so be cognizant of your surroundings.

hiking
8 months ago

Well graded trail. It’s nice and wide, good for groups/dogs. My GPS put us at almost 8mi round trip. It would be miserable without micro spikes/snowshoes. Near the top you have to frogger through the skiers and boarders. It’s compact so spikes are best at the top. I’d recommend getting a late start and heading down at 4 after the runs close. That way your return trip is peaceful and without the mountain traffic.

snowshoeing
9 months ago

Lots and lots of snow. End point is too steep to climb in snowshoes perfect for those who skin up to ski down. But still a great work out.

11 months ago

Fun place to snowshoes!

hiking
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The most fun way to go from Timberline lodge to Govt.Camp. Mellow snowboarding in winter or easy downhill hike in summer.

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

A calories burying way to go to dinner at Timberline Lodge from Government Camp. About 3.1 miles one way. Ride back in car suggested after dark. I have to disagree with the comment by Sara on July 2016. I would not call it very very steep. I would call it a moderate continuing grade. Give it about an hour and a half, one way if you're over 70.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

This trail... well what I did was a workout for me. This is my second trail I've done so far and it was peaceful. After a half mile on the trail though you come across a steeeep hill. That was the fun part. I'd definitely do this hike again though (:

hiking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bring more H2O than u think u need.

snowshoeing
Thursday, March 02, 2017

Snowshoed here twice so far. Love it, although as with anywhere on the mountain it can get a little crowded with Portlanders on the weekends. Lots of sledders and kids near the parking lot and for the first mile. The further you go, the more peaceful it gets though :)

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Late June and the mountain was still great for skiing. We hiked right up the Mountaineer Trail and then over to Silcox Hut and down the Silcox Hut Trail. Watched the US ski team train doing aerials and jumps. Pretty cool. Have seen pictures of this rocky landscape when the snow is gone and think it is nicer with the snow. Think would be more fun skiing it.

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

This trail is very very steep and rocky and will give you one heck of a workout. If you're willing to smell worse than you've ever smelled before, you'll be rewarded with unbelievable views from Mt. Hood, impressive bragging rights and you'll feel like you're on top of the world, even if you smell like you've been six feet under. I recommend boots with ankle support to help keep you from rolling your ankle on loose rocks. Speaking from experience here...my ankle wasn't the same for several weeks.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Not easy...it's a short climb, but a great workout if you're outta shape!

hiking
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Wanna have fun here with snowshoes (or without)? Park here and walk up to Timberline Lodge through White River Canyon. In the snow.

Just hike NNW on the trails up and out of White River until you connect with the PCT (if you can see it). Use a map, and it's fairly easy on a sunny day to find timberline. There's one (very mild) chute to ascend and then you've to cross a small canyon before you hit the Timberline Lodge parking lot, but it's very do-able.

It's a great and beautiful little trek if you're comfortable with a bit of low-grade mountaineering. And when you're done with a few miles of mellow snow-hiking, you can enjoy the Timberline Triple Speedball at the lodge (their famous hot chocolate, an IPA, and a cup of coffee--all overpriced). But you won't care how overpriced they were after you've had that much sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. You'll just hitch back down to White River with a stupid smile on your face.

Alternatively, you can hang around at White River Snow-Park and... go on a 2mi snowshoe with 150 other tourists? Or maybe play on sleds with all your new friends you met in the (enormous) parking lot? Your choice.

cross country skiing
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Had a great time cross country skiing up here, even if it was in the rain. The trails are maintained mightily, and even a mellow 4.5 mile loop will put a nice burn in your legs.

Click the link under "getting there" and check out the trail maps; there are endless options from easy to difficult for all skill levels. I'll upload a good-sized .jpg of the trail map too.

The day lodge is great for warming up and drying off, and the trails are really well maintained. It's a beautiful place, and--as a rookie--I enjoyed it thoroughly, even while XCin' in the rain.

snowshoeing
Monday, January 12, 2015

We were in the mood for snow but some of the trails near Mt. Hood didn't have enough for snowshoeing. So, we headed to White River Canyon, a bit trepidatious about the crowds we might find there. But while it was initially busy with sledders and lots of happy dogs playing, we soon left that all behind as we climbed out of the canyon. This trail was incredibly beautiful. Within a half hour, it started softly snowing, adding to the winter wonderland ambiance.

After about 1.6 miles, we reached our turnaround point, and sat in the snow and ate our snacks while overlooking the White River. The turnaround point was just before a very large (and steep!) hill that leads to Boy Scout Ridge. So after our snack, we headed back, enjoying the faster pace of an all downhill trek and the ability to glide a bit. The snow was falling a bit harder but just added to the awesomeness of the day. For us, it was truly a great day in the Great Outdoors.

We love this place--regularly groomed, volunteer-supported, lots of different trails at different levels. We used to go every week but then we found out we could take our dogs to a place just down the highway--not as nice, but we felt bad leaving the little ones home. Still, we are members and will always go back when we don't have the pups.

skiing
Sunday, June 09, 2013

I thought the snow was much too heavy or my legs too weak. Not sure which. But i was tired at the end of the day.

hiking
4 days ago

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