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Timberline Trail #600, OR

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 28.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,259 feet
Elevation Gain -2,030 feet
Accumulated Gain 6,728 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1-2 days
Kokopelli Seeds 62.04
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Routes 16,052
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Overview
This trail enters the Mt. Hood Wilderness and is a classic Pacific Northwest trail circumnavigating Mt. Hood with alpine vistas, waterfalls, alpine meadows and west side Cascade forest. It was constructed primarily by Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and encircles Mt. Hood at or near treeline. The segment of trail between Timberline Lodge and Yocum Ridge overlaps the Pacific Crest Trail #2000.


This trail can be accessed from many different points. The trail climbs in and out of glacial fed drainages throughout its length. Most hikers find the fast moving river fords to be the most challenging part of the trail. Newton, Coe, Muddy Fork, Sandy and White Rivers are typically the most challenging fords but are typically not more than knee deep.

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This trail enters the Mount Hood Wilderness Area. The Timberline Trail is a classic Pacific Northwest trail circumnavigating Mount Hood with alpine vistas, waterfalls, alpine meadows and west side Cascade forest. It was constructed primarily by Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s and encircles Mount Hood at or near treeline. The segment of trail between Timberline Lodge and Yocum Ridge overlaps the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. The Timberline Trail itself is 24.5 miles long, but the entire ‘round the mountain trail’ including the PCT is 41.5 miles long.

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This trail can be accessed from many different points. The trail climbs in and out of glacial fed drainages throughout its length. Most hikers find the fast moving river fords to be the most challenging part of the trail. Newton, Eliot, Coe, Muddy Fork, Sandy and White Rivers are typically the most challenging fords but are typically not more than knee deep.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Most recent Triplog Review
Timberline Trail #600
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Set out thinking I might try to do the Timberline Trail around Mt. Hood, but ended up altering my plans and just doing a shorter scenic loop through Paradise Park and back.

I initially set out hoping to do the trail as a super long day hike or a fast overnight. I brought everything I needed to camp overnight if needed, but was hoping to be finished in under 24 hours. Unfortunately, a multitude of factors prevented me from realizing my goal. Unable to sleep the night before, I arrived at Timberline around 0400 and was on trail just before 0430. I had a headache from lack of sleep and a sore throat as I set off into the night. It was really windy in the parking lot, but as I curved around the mountain it started to get better. Since I knew I wasn't feeling 100% I told myself that I would at least hike for an hour and see if things started to improve. By the time I reached the Zig Zag crossing I knew that I wasn't going to be able to do the loop. I turned and started to walk back to the lodge, but decided that since I was so close to Paradise Park I would go the extra distance to check it out- very happy I pushed for the extra mileage.

The views of Mt. Hood from Paradise Park are fantastic and I was surprised to only see 1 other group camped out near the split boulder on the north side of the park. I took my time exploring various side trails and taking pictures of the streams and waterfalls I encountered along the way. I felt pretty good as I started to hike back- even making good time climbing out of Zig Zag Canyon. But after a short break on the rim of the canyon I felt like I hit a wall, the last mile or so were pretty miserable. Despite being disappointed that I cut my trip short, I definitely made the right call.

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