Explore the most popular skiing trails in Mount Hood National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 month ago

one of my favorite day hikes near portland! i would say this trail is more of a moderate to hard. if you start in the morning, say 10:45/11 am and take a break at the a-frame, and continue back down, you should be done by 2:30/3 pm. it may be cooler when you start but once you break out of the trees and into the open parts of the trail, it gets warm fast (you are in the sun for 70% of the hike). its a hike to take on if you are in decent shape, bring plenty of water and food and take your time. views don't happen until you are closer to the a-frame (about 1-1.5 hours in or so). when you make your way back down, the wind may pick up, so be sensitive to weather. you can use hiking poles, they help but not needed if only going to the a-frame. side note, no restrooms around the area.

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.

1 month 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.

Did this about two weeks ago, was a nice hike

Great lightly trafficked trail. 3 miles from the trailhead. We went further to Cloudcap Inn possibly 4 mi. There are a couple of streams on the way for the doggies. Hiking poles are very useful as you keep on climbing. Bring plenty of water and a cap as the fire has taken out the trees and little shade.

2 months ago

Took this trail up to the treeline for some great views of Mt. Hood. Hard but not too grueling hike. Only saw two other people on the trail in the morning though it was a weekday.

2 months ago

It isn’t too hard of a hike, though it was all incline the views throughout the hike as you make your way towards the top was well worth the sweat.

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 ;-)

Great trail with excellent views from Crater Rock.

4 months ago

Fairly steep hike. Beautiful views on clear day to the south and Mt. Hood closeup to the north. I could see Mt Jefferson and 3 Sisters clearly on this Memorial Day. Not well marked in places but could be because there was still snow and snowboarders using the lifts. Feeling of being one with nature is absent due to the skiers and snowboarders but hike was short and good cardio. Always wanted to do a hike off of Timberline Lodge and was glad that I did. Will come back to try other trails around here.

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.

7 months ago

I did this in snowshoes Dec 6th 2018. It took me three hours to get up and one hour down. Excellent day with amazing views. I got a touch of snow blindness, haha. My wayfarer style UV glasses were ineffective. You should have wraparound glasses that totally protect your eyes. There was a pungent sulphur smell higher up.

Great training hike for Hood summit and other big peak summits! Definitely a good work out with great views.

11 months ago

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

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Best part was all the rock fall at night. Great campsite at the top of the spur just below crater rock.

I spent the night. Great views obviously. Stars are great. You most likely get to be the highest person in OR for a night!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

there's the silcox hut trail and there's the silcox hut access road. Take your pick! No snow all the way to the hut.

Monday, July 24, 2017

You can hike up to the hut without any snow now. Great view from the hut and worth the steep hike up. Amazing purple wildflowers on both sides hiking up the mountain. Snow starts after the hut if you want to venture further. Still skiing and snowboarding up there as well

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.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Such an amazing hike! Our GPS recorded 3 miles from the start of trailhead #643 up to the Tilley Jane Cabins. It's a fun place to sit and take a break, have a snack before you start another push up to the summit if that is your intention. I wouldn't take kids under 8 on this unless they are conditioned for hiking and bursts of significant elevation gain. Once we reached the cabins we took timberline up to the rock cabin before pushing up towards the summit. It's a great hike with amazing views & great history behind it. Worth the trip!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Late spring is the time to do it! Once we got to the barren trees the view was stunning and we had a breeze to cool us off from the warmer covered area. Once we got to the cabins, even though they were a little creepy, we were pretty interested in renting one out. Was a nice trail but pretty difficult. Still enjoyed it!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

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

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Great views, but very industrialized. The ski area has paved the bottom 1/10 mile and are using it as a road.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Tough hike up but very pretty with the wild flowers. It seems as though the miles are estimated in a straight line distance so I think to the amphitheater and cabin it is about 4 miles up and then another 4 back.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

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.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

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.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

We used this as an approach to the Cooper Spur hike since the road to Cloud Cap is closed. nice hike. First half mile has a couple of soupy spots. the second mile is in an area burned 2 years before. The new ground cover is awesome!...lots of green and hundreds of bear grass in bloom. At 2.75 miles we reached the cabins and had lunch in the amphitheater. See cooper spur for the extension. The return hike was hot in the afternoon and the middle mile with no shade was the worst, buy overall still a good hike.

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.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Nice hike, this is one of the most difficult hikes I have ever done, by far not a beginner hike whatsoever .

Sunday, January 20, 2013

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!

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