Mount Hood, Oregon's highest summit at 11,240 feet, is a dormant volcano covered with 11 active glaciers. This snow covered peak lies at the heart of Mount Hood Wilderness and is covered with forested slopes and alpine meadows. Mount Hood attracts more than 10,000 climbers a year, making Mount Hood's summit the most visited snow covered peak in America.
Climbing Mt Hood is a technical climb. There are no trails to the summit. The "easier" southside climbing route from the historic Timberline Lodge is still a technical climb with crevasses to cross, falling rocks, and often inclement weather. Ropes, crampons and other technical gear are necessary. Climbing season is generally from April to mid-June due to melting snow and rockfall hazards later in the season. Fatalities on the mountain average at least one a year. Other routes on the mountain are much more difficult.
Consider climbing mid-week to enhance your opportunity for solitude.
Additional tips for climbing Mt. Hood
At a Glance
The southside climbing route leaves from the historic Timberline Lodge.
- 1) Before starting out, on the climb, after the climb; 2) Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Coordinates; 3) When to climb; 4) Organizations that teach or guide climbing on Mount Hood; 5) What to wear/what to take.
1. South side of Mt Hood from Timberline.
2. Landmarks on the south side of Mount Hood within Mount Hood Wilderness.
3. June 20th, 2005 From Hogsback looking at Bergchrund and Pearly Gates.