Climb the Mt. Hood Summit

Timberline Lodge

Summit Mount Hood for amazing views from the highest peak in Oregon (11,250 ft) and a true sense of accomplishment and challenge.

Starting at 6,000 ft of elevation at Timberline Lodge, start your climb up the south side of Mt. Hood. If you head out at noon, in 6 hours you can make it about an hour past the last ski lift, called Palmer, where you can set up camp for the night. You may need to dig out a flat spot for your tent.

Leave early the next morning for the summit, by 4am. This "final ascent" is at least 600 ft of ice climbing, so be sure to have crampons and two ice axes. With only one you risk falling on the descent. You can make the summit by about 8:30am - just be sure to be off again by 11am.

The view from the summit is amazing. You can see nearly the entire Cascade range once you hike along the summit ridge to the true summit. There are some more technical climbs near the summit for you truly skilled climbers, such as the Pearly Gates. It will be worth every breath you take!

Pack List

  • Tent
  • 48gal pack
  • Day pack
  • Headlamp
  • Sleeping bag
  • Lots of water
  • Mountain meal and snacks
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Sunglasses
  • Down jacket
  • Layering
  • Wool socks
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Positive attitude
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RT Distance 7 Miles
Elevation Gain 5239 Feet
Activities Snowboarding, Camping, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Advanced
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Groups

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A very popular climb

Something like 10,000 people attempt to climb Mt. Hood every year, and in fact this mountain is the second-most climbed mountain in the entire world (after Mt. Fuji in Japan). No matter the day of the week, if you attempt this during the summer you will face plenty of crowds. Be sure you get an early start and stay on-pace to avoid bottlenecking near the summit.

Mount Hood Summit

A great beginner summit for mountaineering. A different ascent in the spring and the summer.


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