McNeil Point Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.
On a clear day you can see Mt. Ranier, Mt. Adams, and St. Helens. Beginning of hike is through a beautiful forest setting and is quite relaxing. In some areas you are walking through close-in brush. At higher elevations you are above the treeline and it is quite steep/strenuous. Lunch stop at old rock shelter (McNeil Point) where one can see Mt. Ranier and Mt. Adams on a clear day. Quite worth it.
Difficult HIke but worth the view. Take a map as some of the signs are not marked well. I have done this twice and the first time I did take a wrong turn at the lakes. Use GPS if you have it. Wear proper hiking gear as it is not a good trail in some areas. You will be crossing lava beds and walking through brush.
Beautiful hike, with lots of different terrain and segments of the PCT and Timberline Trail. Woods, rocks, valleys. Half-way, there's an incredible place to stop for lunch, with an amazing view of Hood. I hit plenty of snow, which made for a beautiful final few miles of this hike. Incredible views looking North to Ranier and Adams (and Jefferson).
Very nice day hike!
I would rate it as moderate (rather than difficult), but still very enjoyable for experienced hikers. The trail doesn't go steep except for the very last ascend to McNeil Point, which is pretty short. I was also lucky with the weather - not too hot, not too cold (in the 60's), which made it a great day to enjoy. View from McNeil Point and along the way was quite nice as well. Overall time: 4:40h, including ~40mins dedicated to eating blueberries.
One correction: the map from AllTrails app was very useful to track progress along, but it only shows the trail up to and around the loop, without the leg to the McNeil Point. There is about one mile more from the far end of the loop to reach the McNeil Point, which is a nice small peak under Mt. Hood (well worth the extra mile, so do budget for it).
This is a nice and pretty popular trail. There are always more than a few backpackers camping out. It's a nice gradual climb all the way up, I wouldn't say there are extreme incline sections. Always best on a nice clear day to see all the surrounding mountains. If you have time make sure you continue past the shelter and head over to the glacier.
Immediately rewarding with amazing vistas.
At the loop where alltrails wants you to go around clockwise, DONT! Go counterclockwise, there is a very hard to see trail to the right that corresponds to the right leg of the loop. Go up that way it is steeper, and going down it is not fun.
Best hike, with best Portlander in Beaverton & Hillsboro Oregon. Mind boggling views and vista on the other side of Mt. Hood: simply Amazing day, we'll spend with friends and my new family in Oregon.
Gentle and lovely!