Timberline Trail

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain4,884ft
Trailhead Elevation5,631ft
Elevation Min/Max5390/7334ft
Elevation Start/End5631/5627ft

Timberline Trail

Timberline Trail is a hiking trail in Hood River County, Oregon. It is within Mount Hood Wilderness Area and Mount Hood National Forest. It is 7.5 miles long and begins at 5,631 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,884 feet. The Cooper Spur Shelter can be seen along the trail. There are also glaciers along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Timberline Trail #600 and Newton Creek Trail #646.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press)
Paul Gerald
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"Timberline Lodge was built in 1937 by the Works Progress Administration and dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt the same day that he dedicated Bonneville Dam. But as astounding as the interior is, it’s the setting that beckons one to spend time here. Only a few peaks in Oregon rise above it, and with few trees around, the views are amazing, especially to the summit of Mount Hood—the highest point in the state—3 miles away, and to Mount Jefferson, 45 miles south. In August, wildflowers bloom everywhere."

Timberline Trail Trip Reports

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Can be a very strenuous hike on a hot day as some of the trail is exposed. In general the trail is in great shape and the views are amazing from the top!! Take extra care on your final summit push as the wood ladder and slick steep surfaces can be tricky. Saw a couple of people fall at this point. You can see the pacific ocean and Astoria from the top!
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The trail is in pretty good condition this year. Some of the steep slippery gravel sections have been tamed by putting steel wire fencing material on the trail surface. At first it looks like you might snag your Vibram soles in it and trip, but it works great. Hope they put the wire on more sections of this rather tricky trail.

The only two things you need to worry about are your own fitness and the weather. Fortunately, if you don't have the stamina to make it to the top, there are plenty of nice viewpoints to sit down and eat lunch before you turn back.

Hot weather can heat up the South and East slopes - make sure you have plenty of water on a warm day. Cloudy weather can obscure the fantastic view that you get from the top.

This remains one of my favorite Pacific NW day hikes.
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This was a fun experience. I definitely recommend an early start if you plan to hike on a weekend as it got pretty crowded around noon. There were some great viewpoints along the trail and beautiful wildflowers. It rained a little as we came down off the top and become quite slippery with the loose rock. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a great day hike close to Portland.

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Trail Information

Mount Hood National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Hood Wilderness Area
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers, Waterfalls
Zigzag Ranger District, 503-622-3191, www.fs.usda.gov/mthood
Local Contacts
Green Trails Map 462 (Mount Hood), USFS Mount Hood Wilderness.
Local Maps

Trail Log