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I give this trail a 3/5 because the trail is poorly marked and I was only able to make it about a mile in before the trail was no longer accessible due to snow. I went as far as I could through the snow but the snow made the trail hard to find so I decided to turn back. The area was beautiful and the views are amazing. Definitely looking forward to revisiting this hike later in the year and hopefully giving it a better review. Until next time, have fun and be safe on your journeys;)

The view at the loop is so rewarding!! The trail is really easy until just past the permit box at the edge of Salmon-huckleberry Wilderness, where it really heads uphill. PERFECT on a sunny day.

hiking
8 days 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!

Nothing special.

Intense uphill, but I’m a beginner hiker and made it up in about an hour. Steep/cliffy in some areas.

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.

4/5 stars because the trail is poorly marked which becomes problematic in snowed areas. The road to the trail and first half mile of the trail were fine. The deep snow began shortly after and makes it difficult to make it to the summit. My boyfriend tried his hardest to redirect us while I verified previous hikers foot prints, it didn’t work for long. We made it about 2/3 of the way up until we decided to quit. Super upset and wishes I had researched the trail more.

hiking
15 days ago

Tried to get to it yesterday. Stopped by snow at 3600 ft. Did not have 4WD

There was still snow on the trail, I would definitely wear boots if you have them. There is a lot of foot traffic. So quiet and beautiful, we can’t wait to do it again!

. Beautiful view of mt Hood.and the the area. Lots of black bears, keep an eye out of markings and scat. Best between June to November

Snowy, beautiful, amazingness! Had to navigate through some slick areas but well worth the effort. Glad I had trekking poles and good traction boots. No snow towards the viewpoint.

Haven’t hiked to the end but if you want to walk close to a roaring river a lot then this is for you! Disclaimer, the first little bit you are walking around a ridge so at first you are far from the river but when you go down, you enter a magical grove a trees with a creek and the roaring river going around it. I feel like I didn’t want to go any further b/c it’s so charming and inviting!
PS at the trailhead pay attention to the signage since the parking lot is this trail on one side and the Old Salmon River trailhead is on the other side. Easy to confuse the trails.

First time hiked this trail. The view is so beautiful in winter. Driving there was a challenge, but it was so much fun. The road is covered by ice and snow. You need an 4x4 or an AWD car to get to the trailhead + make sure you have your snow chains with you. My car is Subaru Lagacy Outback. Its clearance was not enough in some parts. I know how to drive on snowy roads, so I didn't have much trouble. The trail: First 0.5 mile of the trail is easy to hike and crowded. It seems like people come here to take their Christmas trees. Between the 0.5 and 1 mile section there is so much powdery snow on the trail. After 1 mile, the ground is frozen, so it is considerably easier to hike. There are fallen and about to fall trees everywhere. I had to stop after 2 miles. All in all, it was a fun day.

hiking
6 months ago

Tried to go up today. Unfortunately our vehicle could not make it up due to snow getting too thick on the roads. We still had about 2 miles left until the trailhead.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked up to McNeil 11/1. Fun day, have always loved that hike.

Saw some snow, mostly high up. Did the steep climbers trail, gps track didn’t record the whole time for some reason or would have posted it. Was windy with maybe 50ft of visibility at the shelter. Be safe out there folks.

There was no snow anywhere on this hike as of Saturday, October, 28, 2017. There were some puddles in the road at Lolo Pass but the trail was dry with only a few logs across it. There was about 100 feet of muddy trail on the north side of Bald Mountain if you choose to extend this hike a bit and loop around Bald Mountain.

Went a couple days ago and it was my second time hiking the trail. There was some snow but the trail was even more beautiful than when I hiked it in mid summer! It's one of my favorite Mt. Hood trails and I never get tired of it. The viewpoint of Hood at the first major clearing out of the forest is my absolute favorite.

Gorgeous and magical fall hike!

I did this hike about a week ago with my dog and he loved it! There was definitely a lot of snow and so we could only get so far without proper gear but it was still incredibly peaceful and gorgeous. I will definitely be coming back again!

Gorgeous!!!! Majestic!!!

Lots of snow on the trail which was a little slick but beyond amazing view of Hood!

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked up to around 5800 feet. Too much snow on the first boulder field to cross safely (my opinion), short of McNeil Point by about .25 mi. Beautiful day. Trail was incredibly quiet and beautiful.

hiking
7 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.

This hike was INCREDIBLE. I have no idea why the app says best times to go are June and July. Fall foliage was stunning, cooler temperatures and some wind made for zero bugs and not a cloud in the sky. Will go back and do this one again and again!!

Beautiful, scenic hike. I'd say it's on the easier side of moderate. Love that you're walking right near the river almost the whole time. The sounds, smells, views - all worth every step! Lots of salmon in the river today. Had fun watching them swim and flop around. Definitely recommend. Will go back again!

hiking
8 months ago

This is an easy, family-friendly trail with little elevation change for most of the hike. The setting for .5 mile after crossing the creek is straight out of a fairy tale. Moss features heavily as accoutrement to the forest floor. Elevation change occurs at about the last 3/4 mile, but is not steep or too challenging.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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

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