Hunchback Mountain Trail to….Wherever…Explora­tory

RSVP's will open Monday, Jan 27 at 7:00 PM

Please read entire hike description before RSVP'ing.
TOTAL MILES 10 – 14 or more… miles ELEVATION GAIN: 3000 – 3600 ft
PACE: Slow - Moderate 1.5 – 2-0
DIFFICULTY RATING: Difficult due to length and elevation gain
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 7-8 hrs
PERMITS: Forest Pass for Drivers

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 80 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $ 8.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!

Ok so I have been wanting to explore this route to Devils Peak for some time and I figured why not have others explore it with me. We will begin this trail at the Zigzag Ranger Station and begin at a slow pace as we climb a series of switchbacks that take us relentlessly UP and Up and UP… much of the ascent will be taken in the first three miles of this trail so we will pace ourselves. But don’t fool yourself by the slow pace…this will be a workout for the best of us…. The weather is looking good at this point so hopefully we will have some outstanding views along the way as we crest and follow this ridgeline south. If we make good time have good trail conditions and have energy and daylight we MAY make it all the way to Devils Peak but that is not necessarily my goal.

I don’t know where we will run into snow or what the conditions will be when we do but I will hope to push on as far as Yaktrax or Micro Spikes and trekking poles will take us….

I am not going to require snowshoes for this hike but bring them if you wish. Trekking poles and traction devices (Yaktrax or Microspikes) will be required and checked at Gateway. This will be a full day..if you have evening plans… catch it another time.

Headlamps will be required just in case we get down after dusk. (you should always carry them anyways)


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.

NO DOGS, please.

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!!!)
• Rain gear • Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• 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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  • Mitul S

    Great day out the trail. Nice to see some fresh powder

    2 · February 2

  • Pete

    Any hike that Steve leads seems to turn out awesome. Great day.

    3 · February 2

  • Tim F

    My stats from the day, 6.99 miles, 2840 elev gain, 2 mph mov avg, high point 3796.

    1 · February 1

    • Kathy

      Humm, mine says 6 miles, 1.9 mph mov bg and 2838 elevation, 3774 high point. My GPS always displays less mileage than other people's. I'll post a photo.

      February 1

  • Kathy

    Thanks for organizing this hike Steve. What a beautiful hike in the fresh snow. Thanks for letting me hang with the big boys....might have been too fast for me. I was still able to get off 175 photos instead of my normal 500. Glad I only have a bent pole and not a broken leg. I've never been home early enough to get Zeus to the dog park, dinner at Baja Fresh and it was still light when I got home.

    1 · February 1

  • april b.

    It was a great day! Thanks for letting me share it with you all! The photos are beautiful. Thanks Tim for the stats. I was wondering how far we'd hiked. Happy Trails!

    1 · February 1

    • Kathy

      I am working on getting your photo up. Posted the wrong one. Nice to meet you.

      1 · February 1

  • Steve

    Thanks everyone for attending this a great hike.. good company and good weather... a nice steep trail and nice snow made for a great day!

    1 · February 1

  • Tim F

    It was a great adventure today exploring a area new to me. Thanks Steve for organizing.

    1 · February 1

  • Chris P.

    Sorry that I can't make it after all. Enjoy the new snow.

    February 1

  • Chris P.

    Another commitment has come up for me so I will open up my spot. If no one claims it, I will be there.

    January 31

  • Steve

    Snow is falling! ;) That's a good thing really! Hikers please be prepared to hike in some snow for a few miles! Snowshoes optional..Trekking poles and traction devices required! Gaiters....good idea! See you all in the morning!

    1 · January 31

  • Tim F

    I have been thinking about this exact same hike ever since I saw how Kim's trip turned out. My book says there is a Great Pyramid 9 miles in, might be to ambitous for this time of year.

    January 24

    • Steve

      Part of my purpose for this hike is to check trail condisions for a future overnighter to the lookout.

      January 24

    • Kim

      Was great up till the rock pile which is where we turned around. Not a speck of snow or ice up till then :)

      2 · January 25

  • april b.

    I was just on Salmon Creek on Wednesday and was interested in Hunchback. There was no snow, but we didn't go in more than 3-4 miles. Might try to join you...

    January 24

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