Hunchback Trail

HARD 22 reviews
#39 of 135 trails in

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
6601 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

views

wild flowers

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
3 days 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
10 days 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
11 days ago

hiking
1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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hiking
3 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.

hiking
9 months ago

Monday, August 01, 2016

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

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

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
Sunday, May 08, 2016

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
Sunday, March 29, 2015

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
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014