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McNeil Point Trail is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hood River, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,585 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The beginning of this hike explores a beautiful forest setting and is quite relaxing. In some areas you are walking through close-in brush. At higher elevations you will be above the tree line and the trail becomes quite steep and strenuous. The old rock shelter at McNeil Point is a great spot to stop and have lunch. From here, you can see Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams on a clear day. This trail also features some of the best views of Mt. Hood you can find. In the winter, this route can still be completed but is more strenuous. The snow can be heavy, so we recommend snowshoes, crampons, an ice axe, and rope. The stone shelter at McNeil Point isn’t very protective against heavy winds.

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snow
21 hours ago

Amazing hike. There is still quite a bit of snow on this trail. Bring microspikes if you have them, else maintain multiple contact points when traversing the steep snow fields.

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muddy
snow
22 hours ago

hiking
3 days ago

I got extremely lucky as I used this to train for a 120 mile trip in the Eagle Cap wilderness. We got up to the trailhead and it was a cool mist with cloud cover until just before the timberline. As we hit McNeil point and looked back towards the city, it looked like you could swan dive and float atop the clouds. The mountain was right there in your face and you could look North to see Adams and Rainer peaking through the clouds. This is a top 10 hike for me.

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rocky
scramble
5 days ago

This was our first Mt Hood Trail. Completed 6/26. Trail mostly dry. The scramble on the east side of the trail can be difficult to find. Quite snowy on the west side but perfect to slide down if you don’t want to take the long way back. The views were great at the top but keep vigilant cause the snow may encourage you to get lost.

hiking
5 days ago

Climbed 6/22 and 6/26. I’m sure poles and or spikes (whatever those things that go on your feet are called) are helpful, but they weren’t necessary. “Skiing” down the snow was some of the most fun I’ve had. Going the mile past the stone house is a must. Best views and most spiritual spot ever.

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icy
muddy
rocky
snow
5 days ago

2 miles of this hike was through snow fields. went the counterclockwise route. Was easy enough up to the shelter with some snow, but was mostly snow the rest of the way back.

hiking
5 days ago

Snow pack is fairly regular after mile 3 until you get close to the shelter. I found it easily passable on the way up, micro spikes very helpful on the way down. Make it all the way to 7000 ft for some of the best views i’ve ever seen. My favorite hike.

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snow
11 days ago

Still lots of snow before the top so make sure to bring your yak tracks!

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snow
14 days ago

Nice steady incline heading out. Unfortunately fog hid the views, but still a nice hike. About 5/6 of the way out there was lots of snow and we opted to turn around. Hoping to head back out when hopefully the snow is a little more melted and the trail more accessible.

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snow
22 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

One of my favorite Mt. Hood hikes!

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blowdown
muddy
snow
30 days ago

Beautiful hike today, but lots of snow half way up....

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snow
1 month ago

Came in at Top Spur and through Timberline Trail via Cairn Basin. This trek is a mix of hiking and some light mountaineering. The final climb to the top gets a little spicy and the trail was hard to find a few times with all the snow (downloaded map a must). Coulda used some crampons in the snow field but we managed without them. Lots of snowmelt; muddy. I'd like to try this one as an overnighter.

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snow
1 month ago

This was so much fun, definitely could have used spikes or crampons snow was wet and slushy!

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

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icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

There were snow when we drove up. Very muddy the first mile up, then snow and ice then snow, we went up to the point of Loop then head back cuz none of us wearing snowshoes and it’s hard to hike the final 2 miles Loop with regular hiking shoes. So if you are going in May, bring trekking poles and snow shoes, sunglasses too. Viewpoint for Mt Hood is nice tho.

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