DISTANCE
14.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,826 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

This is an extremely difficult trail with very little reward. The dense forest and trees leading to the top were nice and tranquil, but very few vistas for the effort. However, due to the Eagle Creek Fire the area leading up the ridge was affected by the fire, so there may now be views of St Helens and Adams when approaching/ascending to the plateau. I counted 38 switchbacks on the way down, with the longest switchback being around a mile. This ascends 4000+ ft and an extra 700 if you decide to go up green point ridge, where that trail isn't very well maintained and the junctions are not marked by numbers. There is a wicked view of Mt Hood if you bushwack your way off that trail (green point ridge), but there are few views of the mountain. It is also supposed to connect and wrap around to rainy and north lake, but again, very poorly marked and the trail signs have no numbers. After recovery of the eagle creek fire, this could very well become an epic wildflower hike, but that's 20-30 years down the road.