Area Status: Open
Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
This trail enters the Mount Hood Wilderness and is a classic Pacific Northwest trail circumnavigating Mount Hood with alpine vistas, waterfalls, alpine meadows and west side Cascade forest. It was constructed primarily by Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s and encircles Mount Hood at or near treeline. The segment of trail between Timberline Lodge and Yocum Ridge overlaps the Pacific Crest Trail #2000.
This trail can be accessed from many different points. The trail climbs in and out of glacial fed drainages throughout its length. Most hikers find the fast moving river fords to be the most challenging part of the trail. Newton, Coe, Muddy Fork, Sandy and White Rivers are typically the most challenging fords but are typically not more than knee deep.
This trail accesses the Mt Hood Wilderness.
Wilderness restrictions apply.
River Crossing Guide (pdf)
For trail conditions contact the nearest ranger district office:
Hood River Ranger District Sections:
Zig Zag Ranger District Sections:
The Timberline Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail are the same on the Zigzag district except for the section between Ramona Falls and Top Spur.
At a Glance
||Timberline Trail is logged out in the summer one section at a time. In some areas the snow melts out very slowly. Review trail sections areas listed on this site page for more information or contact the Zigzag or Hood River Ranger District offices. Closure: *At this time the trail is closed at Eliot creek because of the flood in 2006.
||Wilderness permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15. Permits are free and available at trailheads.
||Wilderness regulations apply.
Campfires are prohibited in these areas:
Within 500 feet of Ramona Falls and McNeil Point
Within the tree covered island in Elk Cove and Elk Meadows
Within Paradise Park
Camping is prohibited in the following locations:
Within any meadow
Within the tree covered islands of Elk Cove and Elk Meadows
Within 500 feet of Ramona Falls
||Government Camp, OR Hood River, OR
||Some trailheads require a valid recreation pass. Check our Recreation Passes and Permits page for details.
||Zigzag Ranger District, Hood River Ranger District
The trail begins at a junction with Pacific Crest Trail #2000 north of the Sandy River and ends at a junction with Pacific Crest Trail #2000 1 mile east of Timberline Lodge. This National Historic Trail is located within the Zigzag and Hood River Ranger Districts.