"The Timberline Trail is arguably the best, and is certainly the most famous, extended backpacking trip in Oregon. The up-and-down trail circles Mount Hood, generally near timberline (as the name suggests), allowing hikers to appreciate the state’s highest mountain in a way that drive-by tourists miss. With outstanding wildflower displays, idyllic campsites, and ever-changing views of the mountain, it is easy to understand why this trail is so popular.
Still, the trip is quite physically demanding. Be prepared to ford glacial streams, cross large snowfields, and travel well above timberline, where snow can fall in any season. Note: Because of severe storm damage in 2007, the Timberline Trail near Eliot Creek requires often-difficult detours. When repairs will be made remains uncertain. Call the Hood River Ranger District for the latest conditions."