East ZigZag Hike

East Zigzag Mt Hood 1
A decently rewarding workout awaits in the name of the East Zigzag hike with around 2300 ft to gain in elevation in rougly 4.7 miles. Add another 0.5 mile should you need to park further down from the North Burnt Lake trailhead due to dicey road conditions. It took me around 120 mins to reach the summit (times may vary).
East Zigzag Hike Mt Hood Burnt Lake US 26 Oregon
Looking eastwards towards the west face of Mt Hood.
East Zigzag Hike Mt Hood Burnt Lake US 26 Oregon
Portland loves you :))).
East Zigzag Hike Mt Hood Burnt Lake US 26 Oregon
Google “Silcox Hut” to know more.
East Zigzag Hike Mt Hood Burnt Lake US 26 Oregon Silcox Hut

Neahkanie Mountain Hike

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Set along US 101 coastal highway is the Neahkanie Mountain loop hike  (North & South Neahkanie trailheads). The North trail is longer than the South with a total one-way length of 2.7 miles and an elevation gain of around 1450 feet to the highest trail-able point on the mountain. Alternatively the South trail gains around 850 feet in some 1.6 miles. It is an easy hike which may take anywhere between 60 mins to 120 mins (times may vary) to reach the so-called high point. Note the high point is easy to miss and before you know you will be on your way down the other side.
neahkanie mountain hike trek us 101 oregon coast canon beach pacific ocean manzanita
The views are great subject to fog, clouds or simply the time of the day. These pictures were taken in January 2013.
neahkanie mountain hike trek us 101 oregon coast canon beach pacific ocean manzanita

Timberline Lodge Alpine Hike

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Timberline Lodge alpine hike offers a 1000 feet elevation gain over 2 miles in 45-60 mins (times may vary). I wouldn’t recommend this hike unless you are planning to escape a hot day in summer (temperature and humidity at this elevation is generally lower). But the Timberline lodge itself is worth a visit and also offers some exciting Ski runs in winter. Also research “magic mile”…
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mt hood timberline lodge alpine trail hike silcox hut view glacier oregon postcard

Wahkeena Falls Hike

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At around 1.6 miles into the hike (past Wahkeena and Lemmon’s viewpoint), you encounter a thick tree cover and also pass a couple of scenic streams flowing down along the trail. The trail goes all the way upto Devil’s rest (at around 2500 feet in 3.7 miles). Although not a strong recommendation to go any further beyond the 1.6-2 miles mark on this trail, it offers an exciting green cover in spring/early summer and probably year round.
wahkeena falls trail columbia river gorge lemmon's viewpoint portland oregon postcard

Vista House


Another popular attraction with excellent visibility on a perfect day (as seen from Portland Women’s Forum Scenic Viewpoint). In my opinion May-June and October-November make for some of the best pictures.

McNeil Peak Hike

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A long hike along the west face ridge of Mt Hood gaining around 3100 feet in 6 miles, McNeil Peak (I hope that is what it is called) is around 3/4’s of a mile further up from McNeil Point Shelter. The views along Timberline trail #600 are astounding to say the least and this may be an ideal summer hike for the initiated. An average hiker may take as long as 180-210 mins for the long and strenuous hike all the way to the peak (times may vary). Make sure you are carrying enough water for the 120-150 mins on your way down the mountain.
mt hood mcneil point peak oregon timberline trail #600 postcard
The stretch between the shelter and the peak is steep in places and has no cover for shade. But is gorgeous nonetheless…
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Mt Hood from McNeil Peak…
mcneil point peak mt hood hike view oregon timberline trail #600 postcard

Video

2013 Update: McNeil Point from Bald Mountain and further up from McNeil Point Shelter (Pics below)
McNeil Point Bald Mountain Mt Hood Shelter Sandy River

2014 Update: Night Camping around 2.5 miles along the way to McNeil Shelter (Pic below)
McNeil Point backpacking

2014 Update: Night Camping about 0.25 mile further up the shelter (Pic below)
McNeil Point backpacking
McNeil Point backpacking
McNeil Point backpacking
McNeil Point backpacking