I have hiked this area in the middle of August and it is very beautiful and magnificent. This hike will start at Timberline Lodge and we will hike to Paradise Park. Along the way, we will see Zigzag Canyon, Mississippi Head, and other beautiful things. We will also hike part of the PCT.
We will make frequent stops and enjoy the scenery. Do not plan to be back by a certain time because we might want to stop by a place to eat dinner.
Distance: 12.1 miles round-trip to Paradise Park
Elevation gain: 2300 feet
High Point: 6,080 feet
Outdoor time: 7-9 hours depending on the pace
Mount Hood just recently had some snow. Please bring traction device because we will be in higher elevation around 6,00 feet.
Bring: 2-3 liters of water, ten essentials: According to the Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 6th edition, the ten essentials are:
Map Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Extra food Extra water
Extra clothes Headlamp / flashlight
First aid kit
Fire starter (matches, chemical heat tabs, canned heat, or a magnesium stick)
, good hiking boots, good hiking pole(s) ((you need them for balance, descending, and not hard on your knees) (of course, it is optional)), non cotton clothing, sun screen, lunch, snacks.
Depending on the mountain condition(s), please bring microspikes, ice axe, crampons (optional).
If you need transportation out to Timberline Lodge, the first meeting place will be at Gateway Transit Center (7:00AM):
Gateway Park & Ride Transit Garage: I-84 east to Exit 7 Halsey St.; take an immediate right on the exit on NE 99th Ave. Parking structure is second building on the right; go to the south end of the building to enter. From I-205 take Exit 21A Glisan St. from either north or south. Proceed to east side of freeway and turn left at the stoplight for NE 99th Ave. Continue past the Park & Ride surface lot to the parking structure. Meet in the southeast corner of the garage.
If you do want to meet at Gateway Transit Center, here is the direction to the second meeting place. Timberline Lodge 8-8:30am
Timberline Lodge is a venerable Depression-era masterpiece on the south slope of Mount Hood. This is the only trailhead in the Portland Hikers Field Guide that features fine dining and lodging. There is a maze of nature trails surrounding Timberline Lodge, all connecting to the Timberline Trail (no. 600), which is also the Pacific Crest Trail (no. 2000) along this portion.
To reach Timberline Lodge, follow Highway 26 a short distance past Government Camp, then turn left onto Timberline Road. Park east of the lodge in one of the signed parking areas. The upper parking area is restricted to lodge guests, and clearly marked. A snow-park permit is required to park in winter.
Suggested donation of 5-10 dollars to carpool drivers depending what kind of vehicle and how much miles per gallon at a driver's descretion.
If you have any questions, please message me. Thank you. I am looking forward to hosting and leading this hiking event. Also meeting people and breaking the ice. Of course, having a good time.
PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK; Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trail-head or on the hike. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.