Elk Meadow to Gnarl Ridge
It's not too late to enjoy some alpine trails and spectacular views in the high country!
We'll head over to the east side of Mt Hood and hike up to Elk Meadow. From there we'll climb up to the PCT along Gnarl Ridge and head north to Lamberson Butte, which offers spectacular views of Mt Hood as well as vistas of the Oregon desert to the East. There may be a light dusting of snow, so you might want to bring gaiters and waterproof boots. If the snow is too deep, we'll head up to Elk Mountain and bluegrass ridge for a slightly shorter (7.2 mile) hike with less gain.
Please arrive at Gateway before 8am so we can leave at 8 am sharp. (Days are short!)
Distance: 8.2 miles
Gain: 2000 feet
Difficulty: Moderately difficult
The suggested contribution for gas is $10. Round trip mileage is 116 miles.
What to bring:
- Wear synthetics, wool or silk as your base and warmth layers. No cotton! No jeans!
- Rain pants and a good rain jacket or parka.
- Lunch, snack and at least 1 liter water.
- Extra warm clothing, warm cap and gloves.
- HEADLAMP and extra batteries! The days are short. I plan to be back to the cars before dark, but it's going to be close.
This hike includes a wide stream crossing. There are images and a description here:
If you plan to drive, please gas up ahead of time. The days are short and we don't have time to stop for gas or coffee. My plan is to be back to the cars by 5 pm and head directly back to Portland.