Timberline National Historic Trail #600

 

Timberline Trail #600 vicinity map.

Timberline Trail #600 vicinity map.

Area Status: Not Cleared
  
 

This trail enters the Mt. Hood Wilderness and circumnavigates Mt. Hood with vistas, waterfalls, alpine meadows and west side Cascade forests. It was constructed primarily by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and encircles Mt. 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.  

** The section of Timberline Trail between Muddy Fork and Yocum Ridge is impassable due to widespread tree blowdown during the 2020 Labor Day windstorm.  Trail crews have worked all season in 2021 to clear out and repair as much of the trail as possible.

View a printable Trail Description and Map (.pdf)

Crossing glacial streams and rivers safety info

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

Current Conditions: 4/7/2021: Sections are impassible due to blowdown from Fall 2020 windstorm.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15. Permits are free and available at trailheads.
Open Season: July - October
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: 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       
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR; Hood River, OR
Water: Please treat all water before drinking.
Restroom: Bury all human waste 6 inches deep and 100' from water & trails.
Passes: Some trailheads require a day use fee. Check our Recreation Passes and Permits page for details.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:
  • Hood River Ranger District, (541) 352-6002
  • Zigzag Ranger District, (503) 622-3191

General Information

Directions:

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.


Activities


Hiking

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Day Hiking

This trail contour's just below the timberline and is a scenic combination of fragile alpine meadows, woods and canyons. The diversity of plant life, and the geologic features make this a very interesting and challenging hike around the mountain.
 

Areas for Day Hiking at Timberline National Historic Trail #600

Backpacking

See also: day hiking description.

The Timberline Trail begins and ends at the Timberline Lodge, and most people go clockwise and take 3 to 4 days to complete the loop. Some people choose to start at other trailheads that access the Timberline Trail along the route.

This trail climbs in and out of glacial fed drainages throughout its length. Its elevation ranges from 3480’ to 7300’. 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 ones but are typically not more than knee deep.

Areas for Backpacking at Timberline National Historic Trail #600


Nature Viewing

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
24.5 miles, loop is 41.5 miles

  Elevation : 
3480' - 7320'

 



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