Top Spur Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews
#34 of 143 trails in

Top Spur Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
393 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

Directions from Sandy: Travel east on Highway 26 to the Zigzag Ranger Station. From here, head north to Lolo Pass Road and follow it for four miles to its intersection with Road 1825 and veer right. In approximately one mile, veer left onto Road 1828. Follow 1828 for about 6.5 miles, then turn right at the intersection with Road 1828-118. The roads are well marked from 1828 to the trailhead. Please park head in at the trailhead.

backpacking
3 days ago

Got to the trailhead Saturday afternoon around 2PM and started hiking to McNeil point to spend the night as our goal. We soon encountered the worst swarming of »BITING« flies I have ever experienced in my life. They were unrelenting and unphased by bug repellent. The entirety of the Top Spur trail was completely plagued by the pests. It wasn’t until we got above tree line on the McNeil Point trail did we find any respite. If not, we would’ve definitely bailed. The flies didn’t seem as bad coming back down the trail which could’ve been due to our faster pace because they still did swarm if we stopped or slowed down at all.

Oh! And to top it all off when we got back to the trailhead we discovered our car had been broken into and everything, even just stupid stuff had been ripped off— yay...

Don’t think I’ll be coming back to do this trail again anytime soon.

hiking
4 days ago

Bring bug spray.

16 days ago

This is a quick way to spectacular views. Continue on to McNeil Point if you have the time.

hiking
2 months ago

As Rachelle Lee mentions below, the road is still covered with a decent amount of snow – but it's much more passable now. We had to park ~0.7 miles from the trailhead, but it's not exactly a difficult walk in. We weren't, however, prepared for the amount of snow on the trails themselves. We'd intended to do the Top Spur -> McNeil Shelter -> McNeil Point hike, but Timberline Trail #600 still has deep snow that makes for rough going, and significantly obscures the trail. We're newbies, but we managed to use the topo maps to get a few miles in before things went somewhat awry with my hiking partner's shoes. We managed to find our way off of Timberline Trail #600 over to the Pacific Crest Trail, which is supposedly closed at some point that we didn't run into. Views from the PCT were absolutely breathtaking, and it felt very rewarding after the slog through the snow.

Most disheartening wasn't the snow or the fact that I'd chosen today to train with a 40 lb pack, though: while on the PCT section heading back toward the trailhead, I found two deer ticks crawling up the outside of my pants, and one on my bag. Make sure you're wearing long pants and boot socks at a minimum, and check for ticks when you get back to your vehicle. Lyme disease can literally take years to recover from!

2 months ago

The road is still covered in a good amount of snow. Had to park a bit from the trailhead because our 4x4 wouldn’t manage. Due to lack of time we hiked through the snow for 45 minutes and had to turn around. So we didn’t make it to the trailhead. Looking forward to being able to complete in future.

hiking
9 months ago

It was really nice hike! I suggest hike to bald mt lookout breathtaking views of Mt hood mos definitely will do this hike again.

hiking
10 months ago

amazing views after a short hike. Then you can hike longer to other views.

10 months ago

Great hike. We also went to Mt. Baldy lookout. Nice 2.5 mile hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Too many flies...

hiking
11 months ago

Bring bug spray

Great ridge walk with views

11 months ago

Amazing view point

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Short, decently steep hike with killer mt. Hood views.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

great hike for quick get away

Monday, June 27, 2016

Totally worth the view up on top. Trail has lots of tree trunks to step over on lower trail but once to the top it levels out a bit. View sight is by steep cliffs but not to bad.

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

It was a good hike, but super warm. It was in the 80's. Portland hit 100F today. I should have read the reviews first. I didn't realize this was just a short trail to take you to other trail intersections. Also, the Top Spur trail head coordinates are WAY off. It took me to a spot along the road that was over a mile away. After initially looking around that area for a while we almost gave up on finding the trail head. Eventually we drove down the road quite a ways and then saw a sign for the official trail head.
Update: I tried to submit new coordinates, but not sure when they will be active.

hiking
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Amazing fun hike, with spectacular views!!!..

hiking
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Unbelievable views of Mt Hood. Very short trail from LOLO pass rd. Parking is difficult in peak season though.

hiking
Saturday, October 06, 2012

Starting at the Top Spur Trailhead, this short trail takes you to ridge trail leading to McNeil Point and Cairn Basin. Beautiful views of the north side of Mt. Hood. Wildflowers are gorgeous in July.

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2011

Top Spur is really just an extended trailhead that takes you to a junction with 4 longer more fabulous trails, two being routes following the Pacific Crest Trail. We used Top Spur to get to the Muddy Fork portion of the Timberline trail and it was amazing. With a long chilly spring this year and such a mild summer our late July hike was filled with wildflowers. Truly breathtaking. Unfortunately, parts of the Muddy Fork were washed out and we turned back after about 2 miles in. Hope to do this one again next year.

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11 months ago

recorded Top Spur to Bald Mtn

Monday, September 19, 2016

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012