Silcox Hut

Government Camp, Oregon

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If you’re lucky, you can stretch the snowshoeing season and do this easy trip well into early summer. The glaciers above Timberline Lodge stick around so long that ski racers use the Palmer Snowfield as a year-round training area. Tucked in below the hubbub of the Palmer chair lift is this gem of Oregon history; the Silcox Hut represents some of Oregon’s mountaineering glory days, as well as its philanthropic future. The Silcox Hut makes for a great short day trip in good weather. Getting to Silcox Hut takes a bit of work, since you’ll be climbing a mile up the mountain, well above tree line. That means that even though the distance is short, all the rules of high-mountain backcountry travel should apply.
Snowshoe Routes: Oregon

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by Shea Andersen (The Mountaineers Books)

If you’re lucky, you can stretch the snowshoeing season and do this easy trip well into early summer. The glaciers above Timberline Lodge stick around so long that ski racers use the Palmer Snowfield as a year-round training area.

Tucked in below the hubbub of the Palmer chair lift is this gem of Oregon history; the Silcox Hut represents some of Oregon’s mountaineering glory days, as well as its philanthropic future. The Silcox Hut makes for a great short day trip in good weather. Getting to Silcox Hut takes a bit of work, since you’ll be climbing a mile up the mountain, well above tree line. That means that even though the distance is short, all the rules of high-mountain backcountry travel should apply.

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Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Government Camp
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 1,290 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: January through June
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000 feet
Top Elevation: 6,290 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Hood National Forest, Zigzag Ranger Station
Local Maps: USFS Mount Hood Wilderness; Green Trails 462, Mount Hood; USGS Mount Hood South
Driving Directions: Directions to Silcox Hut

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May 2018