Mount Hood - Oregon Highpoint

Government Camp, Oregon

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Highpoint rank by height: 13th. Mount Hood is one of the most frequently climbed mountains in the United States (Mt. Fuji in Japan is the most frequently climbed mountain in the world) and is also the Cascade area volcano most likely to erupt in the near future. Due to snow conditions and serious rock fall hazard, the normal climbing period for Mount Hood is during the months of May, June and July. It is not uncommon to have 300 climbers ascending the mountain on any given day. This extreme number of climbers can at times lead to virtual gridlock in some areas on the upper mountain. A climbing self-registration process must be performed in a corner of the cement lodge adjacent to the parking lot. Either show up a day early to get one of these permits or show up early the morning of your climb prepared to provide names, addresses and telephone numbers of relatives required for the permit. This is no easy feat at 1 o'clock in the morning!
Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints

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Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints

by Charlie & Diane Winger (Colorado Mountain Club Press)

Highpoint rank by height: 13th. Mount Hood is one of the most frequently climbed mountains in the United States (Mt. Fuji in Japan is the most frequently climbed mountain in the world) and is also the Cascade area volcano most likely to erupt in the near future. Due to snow conditions and serious rock fall hazard, the normal climbing period for Mount Hood is during the months of May, June and July.

It is not uncommon to have 300 climbers ascending the mountain on any given day. This extreme number of climbers can at times lead to virtual gridlock in some areas on the upper mountain. A climbing self-registration process must be performed in a corner of the cement lodge adjacent to the parking lot. Either show up a day early to get one of these permits or show up early the morning of your climb prepared to provide names, addresses and telephone numbers of relatives required for the permit. This is no easy feat at 1 o'clock in the morning!

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Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Government Camp
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 5,319 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 10 to 12 hours
Class: Class 4
Trailhead Elevation: 5,920 feet
Top Elevation: 11,239 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Hood National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mount Hood South
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Hood - Oregon Highpoint

Recent Trail Reviews

7/16/2017
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This was a guided trip, and well worth the cost! I met Brad and Brandon with the rest of the team at the TMG office at the base. After gear check, we rolled out to the ski lifts. A short hike up to our overnight base camp was a good run, after which we learned the basics in snow travel and self-arrest. My group was pretty cool. We joked around a bit, had a calorie packed dinner, then hunkered down before sunset. It was a windy night. WE got up and suited up at 1 am. The climb to the hogsback was quite a slog, but it allowed me to get used to my new boots and crampons. The Pearly Gates were in awful shape, so we opted for the Old Chute Route. It was steep, but manageable. We summitted just in time for sunrise, took a few pics, then descended before the ice softened. The views from the top were breathtaking! I was slow on the descent after the Chute, trying to get used to the boots, and thinking of this awesome climb.



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