Laurel Hill Chute Trail #759A

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Laurel Hill Chute

Laurel Hill was once the site of the most difficult descent on the Oregon Trail. Laurel Hill Chute descends off the southern slopes of Mount Hood and the hill was a series of three steep declines. Pioneers had to lower their wagons down the steep chute on their way to Oregon City. Hikers can walk a short distance on this trail to view the steep rocky chute and an interpretive sign.

Hiking counterclockwise, this trail begins with a stone staircase leading up onto an old abandoned road. Follow the road southeast for 0.1 mile. From here, the trail heads northeast 0.2 mile up a series of switchbacks to a view point. Continue northwest 0.2 mile to the abandoned road to finish the loop. Head right (north) on the old abandoned road to get back to the trailhead.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 9/26/20 - Trail Open, but be alert for down trees, hanging limbs, debris, and trail damaged caused by recent wind storm.
Closest Towns: Welches, OR
Passes: A valid recreation pass is NOT required at trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zig Zag Ranger District, Zig Zag Ranger Station

General Information


From Portland, OR - travel 26 Miles east of Sandy on US Hwy 26 to a small pullout on the south side of the Hwy. The pullout is located on US Hwy 26 between mileposts 50 and 51.



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  Area/Length : 
0.5 miles

  Elevation : 
3200' - 3300'


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