The Hogsback

Government Camp, Oregon

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The Hogsback is the last staging point for climbers headed up the final pitch toward the summit of Mount Hood. By the time most climbers get to The Hogsback, they’re pretty whipped from hauling safety gear, ropes, crampons, and ice axes all the way up the mountain. The south-side route, which you’re essentially following to get to The Hogsback, is also the most popular route for weekend warriors looking for an easy summit to climb. Therefore you’re likely to see all stripes of climbers on this route, from seasoned alpinists moving fast and light to worn-out newcomers wearing old blue jeans and struggling for the summit above. Your delight, then, is in skipping the climbing burden altogether and taking in the view from this hard-won bench high up on the flanks of Mount Hood. The skiers at the Timberline Ski Area, if they’re visible, look like tiny ants. The finest moment on The Hogsback comes during the late spring or early summer, when climbers and snowshoers sit in the sunshine above cloud layers that have Portland fully socked in.

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"The Hogsback is the last staging point for climbers headed up the final pitch toward the summit of Mount Hood. By the time most climbers get to The Hogsback, they’re pretty whipped from hauling safety gear, ropes, crampons, and ice axes all the way up the mountain. The south-side route, which you’re essentially following to get to The Hogsback, is also the most popular route for weekend warriors looking for an easy summit to climb. Therefore you’re likely to see all stripes of climbers on this route, from seasoned alpinists moving fast and light to worn-out newcomers wearing old blue jeans and struggling for the summit above.

Your delight, then, is in skipping the climbing burden altogether and taking in the view from this hard-won bench high up on the flanks of Mount Hood. The skiers at the Timberline Ski Area, if they’re visible, look like tiny ants. The finest moment on The Hogsback comes during the late spring or early summer, when climbers and snowshoers sit in the sunshine above cloud layers that have Portland fully socked in."

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Government Camp
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 4,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: January through August
Trailhead Elevation: 6,000 feet
Top Elevation: 10,000 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 The Hogsback

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May 2018