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.