Trip Report    

Timberline Trail

Interesting 12.5 miles on this trail clockwise from Timberline Lodge with the Mazamas.

  • Sat, Jul 30, 2022
  • Timberline Trail
  • Day Hiking
  • Successful
  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Most of the trail is in good condition; however, much is dry and dusty. There were two washouts east of the Zigzag River. One is a bit challenging and scrambly, the other needed just a couple of hefty step-ups. The Zigzag River crossing is about 15 to 20 feet across where the trail hits, and isn't bad if you can confidently rock hop. Otherwise it's possible to walk cautiously across with poles - but be prepared for calf-high or knee deep brisk flowing water. Other options are to go upstream a ways to look for a more narrow crossing. There were no log bridges.

Our group of five started at 9:30, back to the cars at 4:00 with 12.5 miles rt and 2,400' gain. Beautiful sunny day, but quite hot even at 6,000 elevation, probably mid-80's. Filtered cold river water was incredibly refreshing! Not too many other hikers, probably because of the heat. Several backpackers though, and a few tent campers along the way. There are designated bike trails, so we had to make sure we stayed off them. Some wildflowers were blooming but it wasn't a spectacular display. Black flies were abundant in places, no mosquitoes. I gave the trip 4 stars due to the heat and bugs. All things considered though, it was a nice day out on Mt. Hood with our 'sister' club!




Zigzag Canyon:


Our destination and lunch spot, Split Rock:


A shy visitor: