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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland
by Paul Gerald (Menasha Ridge Press)
Mount Hebo is a long, narrow mountain topped by meadows with a 360-degree view of mountains and ocean. There are few sights in the Coast Range to equal it.
Did the Pioneer Indian Trail from Hebo Lake to South Lake, spent the night at south lake then hiked out. We went after a bad storm and there was about an inch on snow at hebo lake and 2-3' of snow on top and about a foot at south lake where we stayed. The hike down to south lake on the first day was bad, trail had a lot of downed trees and the snow did help. Tons of switch backs on the trail down to south lake. Great views and a fun trail.
We got lucky with a sunny day in February. If you explore around you will find an old military reserve here. Hebo mtn used to be a military lookout. The best view is where the radio towers are. Look West and you see the ocean. Look East and you can see Mt Hood, Mt St. Helens, Sisters, Bachelor, and Rainier.
This was a nice day hike. I gave this a 3 star with potential for a 4 if the clouds were not obscuring the view when we reached Mt. Hebo.
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