McNeil Point via Bald Mountain/Top Spur

Distance: 9.6 miles RT

Driving: 100 miles RT, 1.75 hrs.
Elevation gain: 2200 feet
High Point: 6100 feet

Difficulty: Challenging but we'll go at a moderate pace with time for photos and interpretation. If there is still snow above, we may stop at the McNeil Point junction--which will subtract about a mile from total distance.

From Top Spur trailhead, we'll take Timberline Trail south for a  traverse around Bald Mountain where we see the Muddy Fork of the Sandy River rushing more than 2,000 feet below and Mt. Hood rising majestically above.

We'll then climb a ridge through a forest to a stream crossing and colorful meadows.  The wildflowers are early this year and folks are reporting that they are pretty spectacular.

As is common on my hikes, share your knowledge of local natural or cultural history--so do some homework--e.g., find a plant list and look up some plants ahead of time. I'll share mine too, so this trip will go at a moderate pace with stops for interpretation and photos.

Dogs are not allowed--except for service dogs.  If you have a burning question, it is best to call Mary at[masked] (land line) with questions.

Dress in quick-drying layers--no jeans or other cotton. Bring lunch, water, rain gear, and the Updated Ten Essential "Systems" for safe hiking.

  1. Navigation (map and compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter

Bring money for drivers (suggested $.10/mi/person), $2-3 voluntary donation for Sierra Club's Leader Training program and money for an optional stop on the way home. Bring NW Forest Pass if you have one.

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  • Mary V.

    Because of ease in uploading, I post6ed my photos to my Facebook site:­ Top Spur to McNeil Point. There's at least one of each of you Zhong, David, Michael, Nick, Udhay and Byran. I'm sorry we missed you Shane, Howard and Duncan.

    July 24, 2013

  • Udhay

    Must hike place in Summer for beautiful wild flowers and close look @ Mt.Hood

    July 23, 2013

  • Zhong

    Fabulous flowers close to McNeill point, especially heather. Fabulous view. Enough breeze. Lots of flies. As always with Mary's hike, not only beautiful scenery, also the knowledge she imparts. A great teacher. Thanks for Uday for driving. A very comfortable ride.

    July 21, 2013

  • Byron T.

    New to Portland. Looking forward to seeing the area!

    July 20, 2013

  • Vasu U.

    Oops! Was registering the meet up.

    July 19, 2013

  • dara

    Can I bring a friend? Does he need to sign up with Sierra club meetup?

    July 8, 2013

    • Mary V.

      You can sign up a guest. Go to the RSVP in the upper right corner.

      July 17, 2013

  • Jeannie S.

    Change of plans - will make some one on the wait list happy. Have a great hike and I'll catch you all another tme!

    July 17, 2013

  • dara

    Oops signed up for this hike twice this week by accident. I'll give a space to someone else

    July 16, 2013

  • Christopher

    I just did this hike yesterday. It was spectacular!!!

    July 15, 2013

    • Krista

      Were you able to make it all the way to McNeil Point?

      July 15, 2013

    • Christopher

      Yes. We took the long route there, crossing a few snowfields, then the steep scramble back down. No problems at all!

      July 16, 2013

  • Karl

    Virtually no snow at all. Flowers popping.
    We went up to 7000' Saturday...­

    July 16, 2013

  • Jerry G

    Hi Mary - dumb question, but I assume it's actually 8AM (not PM). I suppose I could bring a lot of glowsticks.... :-)

    July 15, 2013

  • Donna

    Hi Mary, I think I need to postpone attempting McNeil. Hope to join you later in the summer.

    July 14, 2013

  • dara

    Should be gorgeous.

    July 8, 2013

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