Cloud Cap is another place to start the loop and also a source for potable water. Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842. As most have mentioned the first part is a lot of climbing around tree roots, but it was easy enough. The road is not closed, as previous reviewer said. Hood is a 40-ish mile route that I have covered three times now. It’s easy to miss a turn (like we did!). There is some irony in the historic Bald Mountain trail being “lost”, as the mountain is now almost completely circled by the Timberline Trail, and thousands of … I really liked this section of Timberline. Starting at the parking area, cross the dirt road to start hiking up from the Top Spur Trailhead. Hood view on Trail #600. Great trail but the back half it still pretty impassible with all of the down trees. Old Salmon River Trail. Hood hikes by starting this 12-miler at the Top Spur trailhead; first hike the PCT to lacy Ramona Falls, then return via the Timberline Trail for huge Mt. figured out we must have missed the "loop" part of this hike when we reached the river. Cloud Cap Trailhead It’s not hard to spot other hikes on the mountain, too, like Cooper Spur. Flower Finder: Top Spur Trail to McNeal Point Shelter Loop on Mt. Short and sweet, but the trail up has some quite epic views of Mt. We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. It also accesses a short, scenic loop hike with a great Mt. My motivation for this trip was primarily to checkout the Muddy Fork and Sandy river crossings in … But this trip was from the Top Spur Trailhead which offers a great loop option with Trail #600 the high route and the PCT #2000 low route. 600 and you will head right for the Muddy Fork. Take the connector trail to your left (it is not as distinct as other trails). We arrived at the Top Spur Trailhead on Monday night, slept in our respective vehicles and hit the trail at 4:55 A.M. on Tuesday morning. The trailhead was an old logging road that hikers used to short cut to a higher point on the mountain. The Timberline Trail is a 41.5-mi / 66.8-km loop encircling the 11,250 ft / 3,429 m Mount Hood (called Wy'east by the Multnomah tribe) in Northern Oregon. Hood view on Trail #600. Wy'East Basin Loop via Timberline Trail #600. DIFFICULT 37.8 mi. The Timberline Trail around Mt. While some areas of the trail will be more populated with weekend hikers or backpackers, the areas farther from the access points will provide more solitude and a true wilderness experience. but for the love of god just turn around. I have done it in 2011 and 2012 in one day (approximately 10.5 hours both times), and in 2013 in two days (with camping in between). Initially a … Overview Hood, you’ll pass one of the area’s most accessible old … The hike to McNeil Point begins at Top Spur Trailhead, in the Mt. link Copy Link. Posted by ghsmith76. Top Spur Trailhead—mile 13.7, about 1/2 mile off the Timberline Trail, the access road is about 3 miles of single lane paved and 1.6 miles of fairly good gravel Ramona Falls Trailhead —mile 11.0, about 1.4 miles off the PCT, the access road is about a mile of single lane paved potholed, the parking area has a reputation for vandalism Beautiful view of Hood. I'd been wanting to do this hike for quite a while, and when I found work taking me to Portland, I made my return trip through the Mt. The view is absolutely worth it though and would recommend staying to the right to avoid climbing and possible danger. We assume “downed trees” meant some fallen over the trail. The roads are well marked from 1828 to the trailhead. Top Spur at 1/2 mile is a major short, but steep, access point to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 and the Timberline Trail #600. Spoiler alert: we failed. ... there are many spots where the web of intersecting approach routes make it confusing to know if you are still on the loop trail. At just over 40 miles in length, it completely circles Oregon's tallest peak with a total elevation gain of 8600ft. AlpacaDirte 2 years, 4 months ago Timberline Trail / PCT. Some people choose to start at other trailheads that access the Timberline Trail along the route. The most common hiking direction is clockwise from the lodge. Top Spur Trail #785 to McNeil Point – 10.2 miles out and back. Hood wilderness area. Go PRO to support our mission and get benefits like gear deals, no ads, and more! Hood, alpine meadows, and views of cascade forest. I have passed by Ramona Falls many times since it is on the PCT and it is an easy day hike from the Ramona Falls Trailhead. Also, the road leading up to the trail head has lots of potholes, so just take it slow. Once you have hiked to the end of Top Spur Trail, you will come to what's known as "malfunction junction". Beautiful hike. We started at the umbrella falls TH and parked a second car at Top Spur TH and car camped there. This footing is located along the spur trail leading to the east viewpoint from the lookout site: Visiting Bald Mountain. An attempt at running all 40.4 miles of the Timberline Trail. The hike to the caves begins at Top Spur Trailhead. The massive collapse of glacial debris last winter wiped out a crucial stretch of the Timberline Trail around Mount Hood, and U.S. Forest Service officials don't know whether or how they will repair it. Hood’s eastern flanks. haha it's a BEAUTIFUL view and a short hike to get there. Located just outside of Portland, this route features alpine vistas, waterfalls, countless views of Mt. As a result, parking on this steep side hill road is limited and the trail itself, which began as a user trail, was not located well to withstand its heavy use. This is a beautiful trail and a great way to see the scenery around the mountain. There’s a place on the trail to register and fill out a permit where the trail intersects the PCT; there were no forms when we went. Hood National Wilderness. It also accesses a short, scenic loop run with a great Mt. One Toyota FJ made it to the trailhead parking. The Timberline Trail that circumnavigates Mt. share ... Bald Mountain via Timberline Trail #600 and Top Spur Trail #785. On the Timberline you’ll encounter lush old-growth forests, pristine alpine waterfalls, wildflower-filled meadows, towering craggy glaciers, rough volcanic landscapes, and some of the finest cascade views around. Hope to come back one day and do this when it’s sunny and the trial has been cleared! Hood, lush green forests, and flowered meadows, the Timberline Trail offers a great and rewarding challenge for hikers and backpackers. Map; Find Trails; Upload; Resources. The Timberline Trail circles Mt. Hood and the Muddy Fork of the Sandy River Valley in the south side of Bald Mountain. As a result, parking on this steep side hill road is limited and the trail itself, which began as a user trail, was not located well to withstand its heavy use. The McNeil Point trail offers great views and varying terrain as it works its way across the mountain side and up. Top Spur at 1/2 mile is a major short, but steep, access point to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 and the Timberline Trail #600. Note - at 11 there were almost 30 cars parked along the road - while the trail wasn't empty, everyone was pretty spaced out. The trail is commonly started from Timberline Lodge on the southern side of Mount Hood, but there are a number of different trailheads that provide access to the Timberline Trail; two of which, Cloud Cap Trailhead and Top Spur Trailhead , are … Trail was short and sweet! adventures and follow local regulations. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Directions from Sandy: Travel east on Highway 26 to the Zigzag Ranger Station. After eating lunch at the Shelter and admiring the beautiful mountain views and flowers, we headed across and back down to the Timberline Trail. Just a few yards north of here on the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) is the junction with the Top Spur Trail #784A, leading a half-mile west to the popular Top Spur Trailhead. Hood, both in forest and meadow. The junction includes the Pacific Crest Trail, Top Spur Trail, and the Timberline Trail No. Paradise Loop Trail comes within a few hundred feet of Paradise Branch canyon, before heading downhill to rejoin the Timberline Trail at a well-marked junction. DIFFICULT 37.8 mi. Hood is one of Oregon’s most iconic and scenic trails. Make sure you either already have a day pass or permanent passes before getting to the trail head as they are not available. Lost Lake Campground is couched between beautiful Lost Lake and Mount Hood. From wooded valleys to sandy hillsides, there is a rich display of mountain views and key spots along the way. (Reservations are not required.) Much of the trail had wonderful duff that softened every step, and there were no large obstacles, except maybe 100 small rocks and branches that I relocated off the trail. (9/2/20). NOTE: When you get to the Mt Hood Wilderness sign where you have to fill out your free permit (1/2 mile into the hike), take the trail just to the right of the permit box to go counterclockwise and hike towards the Mountain View. The trail was gorgeous! Horseshoe Ridge Trail to Zigzag Mountain Trail, Barrett Spur via Vista Ridge and Wy'east Basin Trail, Cast Creek Trail to Burnt Lake Trail Loop, Cast and Burnt Lake Loop via Cast Creek and Zigzag Mountain Trails, PCT: Lolo Pass Trailhead to Cascade Locks (Bridge of the Gods). It was nice to be able to hike it without a big backpack on. It also accesses a short, scenic loop hike with a great Mt. Overall great views and well worth a trip. United States › Oregon › Mount Hood National Forest › Eden Park Loop via Timberline Trail #600. Bald Mountain Loop via Timberline Trail #600 . Accordingly, I started at the Top Spur trailhead on the NW side of the mountain, just a half mile from the Timberline Trail, and set out on it in a clockwise direction. Hood at or near treeline. Follow 1828 for about 6.5 miles, then turn right at the intersection with Road 1828-118. Description Top Spur at 1/2 mile is a major short, but steep, access point to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 and the Timberline Trail #600. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. link Copy Link. Little smokey from fires but still beautiful and lots of friendly hikers. Bald Mountain via Timberline Trail #600 and Top Spur Trail #785 . Both days were 20ish miles. The trailhead was an old logging road that hikers used … Hood 2017. clockwise. Hood. Eden Park Loop via Timberline Trail #600. Near the base of Mt. At this point, fill out a self-registered wilderness permit at the box near the map board. Hiking (Trail Trips) Icon of plus sign in a circle. We went around 11am on a Saturday in October. We reached the junction and headed clockwise to see how much snow covered the trail around the north side of Mount Hood. From this snippet of reconnaissance I do feel that the Timberline Trail should be fine. The Timberline Trail ascends gently mostly under a tree canopy from Top Spur to the McNeil Point junction, with two steep meadows offering spectacular views as McNeil Point comes into sight. Hood, alpine meadows, and views of cascade forest. Pay attention to the trail junctions. The road up to the trailhead had a decent amount of pot holes. Unfortunately, it was rainy/cloudy when we did this. Hood may be an icon of northern Oregon, and its Timberline Trail may be epic with backpackers, but it also offers some great day hiking. Top Spur Trail #785, at 0.5 mile, is a major short yet steep access trail to the Pacific Crest Trail and the Timberline Trail #600.The trailhead was an old logging road that runners used to short cut to a higher point on the mountain. Nice incline for the first 15 or so minutes, then an easy loop with breath-taking views. Hood is routinely described as one of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world. The road closed sign is for a different fork in the road, so ignore the warning. But god is it beautiful. However, I did not think the snow depth on the Northeast side would create such a problem. The Timberline Trail begins and ends at the Timberline Lodge, and most people go clockwise and take 3 to 4 days to complete the loop. You will reach another trail intersection at which point you will take another left onto the Timberline Trail #600 to take you back down towards Top Spur Trailhead. My motivation for this trip was primarily to checkout the Muddy Fork and Sandy river crossings in preparation for an upcoming Timberline Trail Trek. DIFFICULT 37.8 mi. We turned and hiked down to Eden Park, a meadow with a stream running through it. Top Spur Trail over to the Timberline Trail and up to the Shelter via the Climber's Route (which is a badass STEEP shortcut). Adams. Hood. (photo by William L. Sullivan) Getting there: Drive Highway 26 east of Portland 42 miles. We initially took the wrong path at the junction but didn’t go far before we figured it out. I have done it in 2011 and 2012 in one day (approximately 10.5 hours both times), and in 2013 in two days (with camping in between). Not recommended for kids because of the steep drop off in parts. The Top Spur trail climbs through beautiful, old-growth noble fir forests. But this trip was from the Top Spur Trailhead which offers a great loop option with Trail #600 the high route and the PCT #2000 low route. Similar concept to the Rainier Infinity Loop: Starting at Cloud Cap Saddle Campground, climb up Cooper Spur to reach the Summit of Mt. Wy'East Basin Loop via Timberline Trail #600. If you want to avoid the trees, when you get to the map go right and make your trip an out and back instead of a loop. Excellent hike! This trail enters the Mt. There is no bridge. Web App. Hood is perhaps the crown jewel of Oregon’s hiking trails and a true bucket-list hiking destination in the Pacific Northwest. Parking Along Trail: 13.2 - Cloud Cap Saddle Campground 23.9 - Top Spur Trail #785. xskijam 1 year, 2 months ago Timberline Trail / PCT. Follow signs for McNeil Point along the Pacific Crest and Timberline Trails heading north. Top Spur Trail Head to Meeting of Four Trails. It’s very short (though there are several additional trails you can jump into from the trail head, including the PCT) and the landscape goes from being in the forest surrounded by trees to an amazing clearing where you can see the whole valley and an amazing up close shot of the mountain. beautiful day out there. Dogs are also able to use this trail … my advice? We made it through the first 5/6 of them but then saw several more ahead blocking the trail. Hood view on Trail #600. I just completed this trail in two days! This is the historic Bald Mountain Trail. An easy, 2 mile hike that will provide stunning views of Mount Hood in all seasons. Directions to the Timberline Trail From Portland, hop on I-84 East, then turn south through Gresham onto US-26 East for about 40 miles until you come across the Timberline Highway. ... Top Spur Trail. 10. When you're ready, keep hiking for another 0.2 miles at which point you will reach an intersection. Hood by Barry Maletzky Following the maze of roads to access the Top Spur Trail is worth the small effort as this route gains you the quickest access to the wonderful profundity of alpine wildflowers surrounding Mt. Top Spur (McNeil Point) Trailhead. At this point take the trail to your right with a Mount Hood Wilderness sign nailed to the tree. Flies were out but not too bad, as many said you barely noticed them if you kept walking. We hiked past Ramona Falls, forded rivers, and passed through the remnants of a forest fire. EASY 2.5 mi. I started this Hike from the Ramona Falls trailhead, which is the most popular starting p... After getting your back country permit from a park ranger, you can park your car and head up zig zag mountain. It is quite the obstacle course but once past it, the trail is clear. It’s easy, family-friendly, and has views of the lake along the whole trail. I wouldn’t recommend a low clearance vehicle. Clockwise . My motivation for this trip was primarily to checkout the Muddy Fork and Sandy river crossings in preparation for an upcoming Timberline Trail Trek. Hike the Timberline Loop Trail via the Top Spur Trail. We’d temporarily leave the official Timberline Trail and complete the next section on the PCT southbound. 3 mile loop. I have no idea what happened, but it was a mess of uprooted trees. © 2020 The Outbound Collective - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy. Photos and trail descriptions of 'Hike the Timberline Loop Trail via the Top Spur Trail' and more, submitted by the Outbound community. Top Spur at 1/2 mile is a major short, but steep, access point to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 and the Timberline Trail #600. The majority of hikers weren't actively wearing masks, but had then ready and put them on when crossing other parties. Wy'East Basin Loop via Timberline Trail #600. Scheduling this year required that I attempt the Timberline Trail on June 17th. Also it’s not a loop, you get to the down trees and that’s it. In approximately one mile, veer left onto Road 1828. Took about 2 hours, and that's with us taking our time and a few stops. We didn’t make it all the way to McNeal, but the first viewpoint was worth the extra uphill hike. Horse corrals are tucked into the fo... Overview It was constructed primarily by Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and encircles Mt. Hood. To reach the Muddy Fork from the Top Spur Trailhead, follow the trail to a point where multiple trails will merge. Make a 2.4-mile loop out of Top Spur Trail #785, Pacific Crest Trail, and the Timberline Trail #600 to circle the upper reaches of Bald Mountain with killer views of Mt. 600 Muddy Fork. This is one of my all time favorite hikes, probably because I didn’t know what to expect and the views of Mount Hood were absolutely breathtaking. Located just outside of Portland, this route features alpine vistas, waterfalls, countless views of Mt. ... 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