Hunchback Trail

HARD 30 reviews
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Hunchback Trail is a 18.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
18.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5574 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

old growth

over grown

scramble

Directions from Sandy: Follow Highway 26 east to the Zigzag Ranger Station where parking is available for the trail.

hiking
7 days ago

Steep start that leads toward two epic views: one of the valley and one of Mt. Hood. Went about 5 miles (in/back).

hiking
2 months ago

This is by far one of the most rewarding hikes I've ever done. It is a quite difficult one and it's definitely not for the casual hiker. If you plan on doing the entire distance, you will probably need as much daylight as you can get. It's better to do the loop instead of coming back the same way. If you end up doing the loop, the way back will be on a road so even if it gets dark, you will be fine. We couldn't make it to the end and we opted for the smaller loop but next time, with better preparation, we will! Dress in layers and don't give up at the switchbacks-it gets a lot better afterwards and the views are well worth the effort.

2 months ago

Super tough switchback but totally worth the view! We were so high it was dizzying! Can't wait to go back!

hiking
3 months ago

I haven't made it all the way from point A to point B for the full 18 miles but I have made it passed two of the viewpoint saddles and all I can say is WOW! What great views! I especially love the rockpile viewpoint because Mt Hood looks close enough to reach out and touch! Plus class 2 scrambles are always fun!

My only grief with this trail is simply how tough it is! In 2 miles we had climbed 2000', that's a huff and puff type of climb! I will say this is a great training trail for those looking to do trails like Defiance.

I will definitely be back when I have more time and aim to get to Devil's Peak and possibly even traverse it from the backside near Kinzel Lake.

hiking
4 months ago

This is hands down my favorite trail to date. Its challenging at the start and then the scenery is absolutely beautiful the farther you go down. I didnt quite make it to devils peak on my trip but everything up on the ridge until you hike back down it is amazing.
Loads of people hike up the start go to the lookout and then turn around i noticed. but honestly the farther along you hike the better it gets.

hiking
6 months ago

Good challenging trail. I'm not sure it's difficult, but it's not for your casual hiker. It's well marked, with a handful of side trails to viewpoints. Unfortunately I went on a cloudy day, plus smoke from wildfires, so the views were not amazing, but still nice. If you are in good shape and can navigate steep downs on tired legs you will enjoy this hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Rigorous but rewarding!
Steep switchback starts gaining elevation quickly for the first few miles. Levels out on top with a couple up and downs. Great views of Mt Hood, with mt Jefferson and Olallie butte to the south. When I was on my way back along the ridge a dark and ominous thunderstorm was brewing over Mt Jefferson, it quickly moved over Olallie butte striking the peak repeatedly and made its way directly to Devils peak and forced me a few hundred yards off the ridge with numerous strikes and high winds before moving on to batter Mt Hood. Made it back to Zigzag ranger station in about 7 hours.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a good workout hike! I only done about 10 miles in and out due to time constraints. Look forward to doing this one again. Nice and quiet. I saw not a soul.

hiking
10 months ago

Though uphill start. Very good work out. Up to the scramble (about 1.5 hrs out all the way climbing) some nice view point. Walked another mile or so but not much to see.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Very steep but a beautiful trail and a great view of Mt. Hood!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Did the part between kinzel lake and green canyon. Epic and surprising views of mount hood. The ranger station at Devils peak was a hoot. You should do this!

hiking
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

This trail is a leg burning challenge but holy jumpin! If the hike doesn't kill ya the views and the solace sure will! Not for the faint of heart.

hiking
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hunchback Trail #793 is a challenging trail. There are a lot of switchbacks initially and it is relatively steep. I basically ran down from the first view point and my legs are really sore! Awesome, challenging hike,

hiking
Monday, December 09, 2013

The Hunchback Ttrail #793 runs through the middle of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. This trail traverses the forested Hunchback Ridge which has several rocky viewpoints along the route. Scenic Devil’s Peak Lookout is located near the southern end of the trail.
Starting from the Zigzag Ranger Station, this trail climbs steeply for 1.9 miles, gaining over 2,000 feet in elevation to a viewpoint. Leaving the viewpoint, the trail traverses the Hunchback ridgeline until descending into a saddle and junction with the Green Canyon Trail #793A (3.6 miles). The trail continues for 2.4 miles as a series of steep climbs and descents that can be rocky, narrow and covered with fallen trees, to the Devil’s Peak Lookout trail. Devil’s Peak Lookout remains open to the public, but has been out of service for over 25 years. From the Lookout, continue southeast for 1.2 miles to the southern trailhead at Kinzel Lake/Sherar Burn Road (Forest Road 2613). Some segments of this trail are primitive with minimal tread surface, which can lead to several scrambles.

Hunchback, or at least the first (Northernmost) is used by the Zigzag Hotshots for power hiking. training, climbing the first leg with a 75 pound pack. I believe the record stands bout 27 minutes, my best time was 38 minutes.

Once the first 1.9 miles is completed the trail turns into one of the most specular and scenic trails on the mountain

hiking
Friday, August 27, 2010

It was pretty!

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