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5 days ago

I did the trail for the first time today and it was a beautiful, though chili hike. The entire trail is snowed in so come prepared. The road itself leading to the trailhead is covered in snow, though lots of exposed ice throughout would make it unsuitable for non AWD vehicles without snow tires. Temperatures hovered around 25°F, with clouds rolling in and out, and occasional cool wind gusts/mild snow fall. This was despite a forecast of clear skies. Overall, the hike is very enjoyable, and I plan on doing it again later this winter.

I've hiked the full trail on a few different occasions. Parts are well-trafficked and there were other stretched where I wouldn't see anyone. Cool stuff to see along the way such as the stone house and the view from Pittock Mansion. Bring lots of water. I brought too little once anticipating I could fill up at Pittock Mansion but the water faucets were shut off.

Great hike, but definitely need spikes to get to the shelter. It may be better now, but when we went all the snow was iced over and there was no traction whatsoever. Longer than 10 miles, but worth every step. We took the trail that added an extra 0.6 mile to get that glorious view of Mt Hood, and an extra mile going to Cairn Basin. The trek down to Cairn Basin after the shelter is worth it.

Went there yesterday. Gorgeous hike challenging but not annoyingly difficult. Some ice patches but I easily broke through most of it. A good pair of treaded hiking boots should be fine. If you are under 130#s maybe some shoe spikes might be in order.

Brace yourselves, because an ass kicking incline is coming (Nick Eaton Trail)!! Personally chose to take the Nick Eaton trail up to be easier on the knees going down Gorton Creek Trail plus what the hay. Definitely can see the scars from the fires but still quite magnificent waltzing in the woods. Gets quite cool in the shade plus the wind coming through the gorge so bring some layers, aqua, and some munchies! There was even some icy patches along the ridge to the point. So be weary and happy trails!

hiking
23 days ago

I only hiked Wildwood trail from Cornell Rd to Pittock Mansion and back, which makes it a 3 mile out and back trail. I parked just outside the car tunnel off Cornell Rd. There's a pull off there for about 6 cars. The Tunnel Trail leads from there and connects with Cumberland Trail, which then joins Wildwood trail to Pittock Mansion.

Hiking up to the mansion was steep but not unbearable. It will get your heart pumping and you'll feel quite refreshed at the top. Expect to meet several hikers along the way (I did this hike at 3pm on a Sunday and met 8-10 people on the trail, so I imagine it would be even more on a Saturday afternoon).

The trail signs are really lacking. That's my only complaint. There are not enough maps of the area to tell you exactly where each trail leads, nor are there any mileages listed on the signs. Maybe on other parts of the trail it's better, but where I was was quite confusing. The trail itself was well groomed and very wide. They just need more signs!

I go here with my bike sometimes because it is very close to where I live. The trails are primarily for hiking, but I have been coming here for almost 10 years and have never seen or heard anything to suggest bikes are not allowed. The ride to the top will take about an hour and a lot of muscle. The ride down can be as short as 5 minutes. There are several loops, and many parts of the trail have been widened and coated with gravel, I assume for access to logging equipment. This, combined with many straight sections and a lack of blind corners makes respectful biking here safe and easy. Don't be a jerk and ruin it for me. Only bike here if you can do so respectfully.

Great directions to the trailhead. The trail is wider and has a good uphill challenge. There are a lot of offshoots of the main trail so it was hard to stay on track. Nevertheless the hike was beautiful and the shrine was great.. even though I went on a not so clear day.

Got a clear day today 11/12 and it was phenomenal views at the top. With the exception of the first half mile and maybe last half mile (which are steep) the hike is pretty chill. Well worth it on a clear day, def be prepared for wind and dropping temps up top. Happy hiking

hiking
29 days ago

Amazing hike, but come prepared for icy and snowy trail conditions starting halfway through the hike! It’s difficult hiking in ice up and down hill. Bring boot traction chains and hiking poles. They’re absolutely necessary. Hiked November 10th 2018.

Top hike to get near Hood; love it!

Nowhere near 7.7. Plan for more like 10.5 if you make it all the way to the point. It's an amazing, and beautiful, hike, but definitely plan for something more substantial than the description indicates.

The gray jays and ravens made it even more fun!

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best urban trails in America!

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is open but there are warning signs to be extra cautious due to the Sept fatal cougar attack. Mules carrying the search party made a mess of the once smooth trail with hoof sized holes.

optional scramble gives you a beautiful view. good work out. obviously lots of scars from the burn but still very worth it. booty burner.

The view at the top was SPECTACULAR- we saw all 5 peaks and it was totally worth the hike. Loose gravel and rock for much of the trail- definitely bring your poles. Lots of clear cut in the surrounding hills.

Not a terribly hard hike but the rocky trail makes it a little unsteady.

This definitely is not 7.7, my Garmin measured 9.5 miles going with the shortcut. Do. Not. Do. The. Shortcut. It’s so so steep and not worth it, especially with my dog. The in and out way is so much more pleasant and scenic. I loved this hike enough to do it again without the terrible shortcut.

hiking
1 month ago

Very great hike. I would rate hard, but it is on the longer side, with steady incline throughout. Must do if wanting to get up close and personal with Mt. Hood, and wanting a decent hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful t-shirt weather, no bugs, perfect day! Met many great people. I got to witness and take a photo for a couple from Minnisota who were in outright disbelief as they viewed a real mountain up close for the first time. A good reminder of how lucky we are to live here and see it often.

This trail is hard but worth the effort for the amazing views at the top. Very rocky and steep.

Hiked it today which was a beautiful sunny fall day, there were more people on the trail than I expected, but it was fine.

We did do the backside loop around Pyramid on the way down, there was some bushwhacking at the top end of it but it cleared out and was fine the rest of the way. I’m glad we went that way because we had a southern view and also we cut out a big chunk of steep downhill on the rocks. (Yes the trail is not maintained, but it’s doable)

The end result is amazing. BUT if you don’t like the first 200 yards of the trail, I’d head straight back to the car. The trail itself is a solid constant elevation gain but the rocks are killers. Maybe I didn’t have the right mindset starting out

trail running
1 month ago

Did a trail race out here and it was beautiful. Tough but a lot of fun. Good training for runners if you're trying to get off the roads and onto the trails. They only have porta potties and no running water from what I saw. So come prepared. No dogs.

A good hike— challenging for me since I hadn’t been out on a trail for months. We hiked up to the shrine and then back. Since the trail is rocky in places, I would recommend caution when going downhill because of slipping risk.

Just completed yesterday. Started Monday from TL Lodge and went clockwise, as suggested. If I had do overs I would do CCW and end on easy, cruising trail rather than the sandpit climb back up to the lodge.
Water crossing were all easily done with dry feet except for the last one, White River, when done CW. I easily forded that one. Rock hopping possible, I'm sure, if you are willing to scout up and down the river a ways. I determined the ford the safest and fastest way and it felt refreshing on my worn feet.
Trail conditions are great. Water sources plentiful even with many dried out for the season. Completed in 2.5 days. 40's at night. Cool in the mornings but hot in the afternoons. Pack appropriately for 3 seasons and get out there and do it while the window is still open. From what I hear, this is atypical for this time of year. Glad I was able to sneak it in!

MAKE. SURE. YOU. HAVE. A. DISCOVERY. PASS. prior to leaving for this hike. The road to the trailhead is unforgiving if you don’t have a 4x4 vehicle or maybe a Subaru or the like. Upon reaching the trailhead, we noticed the signs requiring a discovery pass, yet there was nowhere to obtain one locally, not even a fee drop box. Luckily, we had just enough cell phone service to obtain one online and leave the info on a piece of paper that we left on the dash. 3 vehicles had tickets on them when we got there. The trail itself is steep and very rocky, so much care must be taken not to break an ankle or fall. Make sure you bring a headlamp if you may end up doing part of it in the dark. The views are INCREDIBLE at the top. Well worth the hassle to get up there. I agree with the hard rating. I have done some tough hikes, and this was taxing, but awesome overall. DO IT.

Did this yesterday (Friday) and LOVED it! Not many people on the trail at all. We found the trail a little confusing but figured it out in the end. Ended up keeping left on both loops going up and doing the other way down. This takes you the gradual way up to McNeil Point and we ended up going down the steep way. We agreed that we would have preferred climbing up the steep way over down- tough but it was pretty sketchy going down. If you go up the gradual way, don't feel like you need to wait until you get to the shelter to stop for views. We didn't sit in the shelter at all because it's enclosed so you miss much of the view. Wish we'd stopped to eat on one of the big rocks coming up!

This trail is beautiful especially in the fall. I did the hike alone but i don’t recommend that. A few dangers to keep in mind: the fog can roll in quickly and you can lose visibility. I hiked it September 28- October 2 2018. I was 1 mile from the lodge and the fog rolled in and i lost the trail. Pretty much where the hiker that just died was found a week later. It was scary but i had a beacon in case of emergency. I ended up by palmer lift up on the glacier. It was very scary. I got lucky and the fog cleared for a second and i saw the palmer lift and then it disappeared again. I started to head that direction and back down hill when i got a brief glimpse of the lodge and then it also disappeared again. I was lucky i was in a ravine that went straight to the lodge. I was stuck up there for 6 hrs before i found my way back. I almost used my beacon but grateful i didn’t have to. I totally recommend the hike you just need to be prepared for anything. I plan to go back and see where i went wrong. I also am advocating for a sign to be added where that turn off is. Multiple hikers have gotten lost there. Good luck it was absolutely breathtaking and i feel like a badass fir completing the hike solo. Yeah me!!

Began at 7am and completed clockwise loop in 1 day. Precipitation most of the day and clouds finally cleared around mile 30 for some great views. Not much runoff so river crossing were relatively dry. No GPS signal for offline map, garmin watch or inreach tracker that day around Heather and Clark creek so study that area well to avoid losing the trail.

Well graded for the most part and very well maintained. Many miles above the treeline, offering amazing views on the top part of the mountain and its many glaciers. River fording can be tricky, but is a major highlight of the Trail.
Found much secludedness when we tackled the whole trail in early october. Got snowed on! Great experience.

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