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McNeil Point

TOTAL MILES: 9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 2200 ft (max 6100')
PACE: “Quick” (~2.5 mph)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 6 hours
PERMITS: NW Forest Pass (drivers)

Arrive at Gateway transit center at 8:15 AM. Introductions and coordinate cars. Leave at 8:30 AM Sharp!

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 100 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $10.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!

For those who are not able to make the Friday McNiel Point let us head out Saturday. Here is the description from: http://nwhiker.com/MHNFHike20.html

This hike begins at the Top Spur cutoff Trail #765. After a half mile climb you intersect the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. Follow this trail for a couple hundred feet to the right where you come to a major intersection of four (4) trail options. Select the trail immediately to your left, Timberline Trail #600. Follow this trail for about another two miles and you will come to a popular viewpoint of the Sandy Glacier on Mt Hood with the Muddy Fork river valley below.

Continue up the ridge to a series of switchbacks that offer you on again off again views of the surrounding hills and valleys. At about three and a half miles you will come to a small basin with a couple of ponds. The upper pond on your left offers the best views of Mt Hood. A short distance past this pond you will come to the intersection of the Mazama Trail. Continue on about a quarter mile and the trail turns sharply to the left crossing a small seasonal creek.

The route to McNeil Point used to continue up this small valley toward Mt Hood, but has recently been closed to for restoration. So, just continue on the trial toward Cairn Basin and in about another half mile you will come to the signed junction of the new route to McNeil Point.

Follow this trail which in season is a floral paradise to the old shelter on McNeil Ridge. An additional challenge awaits those who would like to climb up the very steep slope to McNeil Point another 800+ feet above the shelter. Regardless, you will have already hiked through some of the most beautiful natural surrounds that the Mt Hood area has to offer.

We will have lunch up at McNeil point where we can enjoy the sun and scenery. Then head back down .


Please note that there is a MANUAL waiting list for this hike. What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.


What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks
• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• Sunscreen and bug spray
Rain gear
• The 10 essentials*
Trekking poles (never a bad idea)
• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water

*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.

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  • Kathryn S.

    One of the best hikes on Mt Hood - why it took me 10 years or so to re-discover this fact is a mystery. Wonderful group of co-hikers led by our intrepid drill sergeant Adrian. A PERFECT DAY of magnificent views & wildflowers . . . (even if we didn't stop for beer pt or ice cream on the way home.

    July 22, 2013

  • John

    Great fun! A long, beautiful hike with amazing views.

    July 21, 2013

  • Rene V.

    Great day out with an awesome group. The scenery on this hike was just stunning.

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Adrian, you are calm and reassuring and alert to all that beauty - I think we'd follow you up and down and all the way around that mountain : - )

    July 21, 2013

  • Kit

    Great.

    July 21, 2013

  • Jerry G

    Awesome hike - thanks Adrian!

    July 21, 2013

  • Adrian

    I very much appreciated everyone on the hike today. Excellent people and amazing scenery what a fantastic day.

    2 · July 20, 2013

  • Krista

    Got going too late; bummed that I will miss this :(

    July 20, 2013

  • Alexandra

    Looks like I have a job tomorrow - and I really need the money. :( Have a wonderful hike, everyone.

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Adrian Hi. You say that this is both challenging/difficult and quick. Is this difficult because of the speed combined with the 2,100+ elevation gain? Thanks..

    July 18, 2013

    • Adrian

      Hi Abbey, Yes, If you are experienced you will be fine.

      July 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Experienced yes but not a mountain goat or jack rabbit :-)

      July 18, 2013

  • Alexandra

    Thank you, Adrian, for my second chance! I was signed up to do this hike with the Friday group - but need to keep myself available for a phone interview tomorrow (finally!).

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    Its a very impressive place.. check out a trip report on portlandhiker.org by KEPNW. Its the best report I have seen yet.

    1 · July 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      This is the link to the report Rick cites. It includes multiple reports & lovely vista, flora and trail shots: http://www.portlandhi...­

      July 18, 2013

  • Mitul S

    Wow, 3 hikes to a same place within 2 days time. That's impressive.

    July 18, 2013

  • Kathryn S.

    Yo Adrian - this is listed as 9 a.m. on top, but meet at 8:15 & leave by 8:30. I'm assuming earlier times are correct. I LOVE THIS HIKE!

    July 18, 2013

  • Ty

    Volunteering all day Saturday at Compassion so still waiting for something to open tomorrow but doubtful. Hopefully next time. Have fun!

    July 18, 2013

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