Explore the most popular rock climbing trails in Mt. 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.

Intense uphill, but I’m a beginner hiker and made it up in about an hour. Steep/cliffy in some areas.

I just return from the summit of Mt. Hood, is great mountain to climb but do not be deceived the last half a mile to summit is very technical....you make on mistake it may be the last.
If you want to summit leave at 1:00 am.
be safe.

2 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.

Do NOT go here. The trailhead is completely littered with shotgun shells among other trash. People are shooting guns very close by with no regard for others enjoying the woods. Trail is clearly not well maintained if at all.

8 months ago

8 months ago

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!

The trailhead isn't really marked and is trashed because of the people who use the area for target practice. Once you get past the trailhead, though, it is a pretty hike; old growth trees and ferns galore. Expect to cross some downed trees and hit a few spots closer to the creek where the trail is a overgrown because it isn't used very frequently. There is a crystal clear creek at the end of this trail. However, I didn't see any waterfall as described in the overview of this hike.

Early sunrise trek is the best out on the slope at 2 am hike all the way up just in time to see the sun rise above the world. Best feeling

Scary! Amazing! Skied off the top.

An amazing but difficult climb with outstanding view of the morning mountain shadow, devils kitchen, hog's back and a 360 view from the top.

Accessing to trail head is still very problematic due to snow cover on roads. Snow coverage starts when turning right onto NF-1810 off of Lolo Pass Rd, just pass Lolo Pass Trail head. NF-1810 connects back with Lolo Pass Rd. There's a possibility this clears up once the road turns to asphalt again. I'm unsure of the road conditions on NF-16. A vehicle with high ground clearance and 4WD would be needed to explore farther.

Have made this hike several times. Is one of my favorites in the area. Very few people and stunning views.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Loves this hike. Pretty intense up hill but so fun!

Saturday, November 26, 2016


Tuesday, November 01, 2016

This is a fun little hike, enough to get the heart pumping but nothing that requires too much effort. If you go on a day when it's rained recently (or is raining), the second half of the ascent can be slick and a bit tricky to navigate. I found myself on my hands and butt a few times. Worth the effort, and it's a beautiful sight looking down on some of the lower-hanging clouds. Between 1 and 1.5 hrs, round trip. I combined this with the Flag Mountain hike, only a few minutes away on the other side of Rte. 26...makes for a fun 4 hours.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Just finished this hike. Still super hard. Brought my dog and that was sort of scary. Definite scrambling at the top.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

couldn't find it + some guys were firing automatic weapons right near where we thought the trail was. So we left.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Both ways that Google maps sent us were road closures

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The trail is in good shape considering it has been mostly neglected and has minimal use. It goes downhill through some truly old growth Doug Fir, wildflowers and berries. The only drawback is the trailhead that has been used by shooters and made a mess. We have spoken to the Forest Service and the trail is on a watch list for improvement if it is consistently used. They are aware of the trailhead condition and are working on a solution.

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!

I climbed it with 30+ mph winds - probably not the best idea :-)
And so I strongly recommend waiting for a good weather conditions to go there: calm, just below freezing temperature, no clouds, etc.
Also start early - 2 am or so, to be on the summit before 8 am (when snow starts to warm up and melt)

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Not for those who are afraid of heights. The first part of the trail is nice; a narrow, windy, moderately steep path through old forest. In May the bugs, birds, and wildflowers were all present! The trail starts to get steep (some spots have rocks/roots for traction, others don't) about halfway. Very rocky at the top, watch your step as you explore and take awesome pictures. Not a good hike for young kids or unruly/bold dogs. Great for the adventuresome, adrenaline-seekers!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Love it. I want to do this a few times a year. Started at 2:30 am and was able to make it back by 8:30 for breakfast. Fun!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Great little hike. Little steep and there's definitely a fall hazard. Worth the risk if you're up for the challenge.

paddle sports
Friday, November 27, 2015

Fantastic. I skied down the Joe Palmar glacier on Nordic 3 pin skis. Lost a ski on my first turn. Ended up walking, found it at the bottom tip up. Still have those skis.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Beautiful hike; not long so you can get a quick hike in and get on to other stuff in your day. Really pretty, a little slippery with wet on mud and rocks, be careful

Monday, November 09, 2015

I attempted to summit Mt. Hood back in May 2012 with a group of 7 friends. As a group, the climbing experience averaged moderate, at best.

We were approximately 150-200 vertical feet from the summit and were forced to stop due to windy conditions.
I would like to make another attempt at the summit now that I'm a bit more experienced.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I wasn't able to make it to the top but my buddy did (he is a mountain climbing machine). Too hot and too little water. I also had a hard time finding the right TH. Mt Hood was gorgeous and I will probably try it again in a year. The Timberline trail was really busy when I went on the weekend, but this trail was relatively empty. Most people were heading to McNeil Point. I would probably recommend McNeil point or Cooper Spur before hiking this.

on Castle Canyon Trail

Monday, August 17, 2015

Gorgeous! Peaceful, beautiful views, good incline. Great hike.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Excellent short hike. Straight up with plenty of cool rock structures and spectacular views.

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