Backpack - Timberline Trail


Backpack - Timberline Trail

Circle Mount Hood in 4 days on this strenuous 41-mile backpack with 8,600 feet of elevation gain, with incredible views and varied terrain around one of the Pacific Northwest's iconic volcanoes.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 41.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 8,600 ft

To be determined.  We may organize to camp or stay at a hotel the night before, the night after, or both if sufficient interest.

Have you had trouble getting a permit for the Wonderland trail?  Perhaps this circumnavigation of lovely Mount Hood will satisfy your yearning for amazing views of one of our iconic northwest volcanoes from all sides.

We will start at Timberline lodge and travel clockwise.  Specific camp locations are still under consideration (partly based on participants' travel plans) but it's likely that days will be 10-12 miles and as much as 3500' of elevation gain.  We may face challenging fords, some route-finding, steep scree and boulder crossings, limited camping space, and carrying water as much as a mile to camps.   The trip is scheduled for weekdays after school starts to minimize crowds on this popular trail.  An excellent trail guide can be found at

Due to the challenges stated above, this trip is listed as Leader Permission Only and is restricted to people in very good condition with recent multi-day backpacking experience and the gear and experience to travel light.  If this sounds like you, I'll be very excited to have you along!


Timberline Trail

  • Green Trails Mount Hood Climbing No. 462S

    Green Trails Government Camp No. 461

    Green Trails Mount Hood No. 462
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste

The map can be downloaded and printed for free from caltopo:,-121.70234&z=13&b=mbt

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