Mcgee Creek Trail #627


The trail is within Mount Hood Wilderness and allows for a short and direct route to Timberline Trail #600 above Lolo Pass. It is entirely forested along its 1.5 mile length as it climbs steadily to the Timberline Trail. A quiet trail compared to the Pacific Crest Trail to its west, with easy driving access from Lolo Pass.

The trail begins on the first hairpin of Forest Road 1800-620. For the first ¼ mile, the trail uses an overgrown logging road.  The trail then climbs up to the east and gains a broad ridge. This is the ridge just above and west of McGee Creek. The trail follows this forested ridge on its west side. The trail has a steady, moderate grade and decent tread.  This trail is narrower and brushier than the other more popular trails going up to Timberline, but it is not hard to follow.

Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Open Season: May
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood River Ranger District

General Information


From Hood River, OR travel south on Oregon Hwy 281 towards Odell/Dee (it goes by the airport). Just south of the Hood River, turn right towards Dee/Lost Lake. Travel approximately 10 miles and turn right to Dee/Lost Lake. Cross over the railroad tracks and turn left onto Lost Lake Road.  Follow Lost Lake Road through the orchards of Dee and a few 90 degree turns. 3 miles from Dee, stay left toward Lost Lake (Forest Road 13).  Travel 3 miles and turn left onto Forest Road 18.  Travel 3 miles and take right fork continuing toward Lolo Pass (Forest Road 18).  After 5 miles, the road turns to gravel. Continue following Lolo Pass Road (Forest Road 18) for another 4 miles.  Turn left (southeast) at Forest Road 1800-620.  Travel 0.25 mile to the first hairpin (also the junction of Forest Roads 1800-620 & 1800-640).  The trailhead is on your right with parking for a few cars.

From Portland, OR travel 17.5 miles east of Sandy along US Hwy 26. Turn left at East Lolo Pass Road (Truman Road/Forest Road 18) and continue for 10.6 miles.  Turn right at McGee Creek Road (Forest Road 1810) and travel 1.3 miles.  Turn right (southeast) at Forest Road 1800-620.  Travel 0.2 mile to the first hairpin (also the junction of Forest Roads 1800-620 & 1800-640).The trailhead is on your right with parking for a few cars.



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  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles

  Elevation : 
3500' - 4400'


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