Pinnacle Ridge Trail #630


This trail is on the north side of Mount Hood within Mount Hood Wilderness. The trail generally follows Pinnacle Ridge up the North Side of Mt Hood. The trail takes you up to the scenic timberline area of Wy’east Basin and the Barrett Spur. On the upper part of the trail, alpine meadows are crossed and there are close views of Mt Hood’s snowfields and spurs. Along the way there are open areas with expansive views to the north.  This steep trail begins at the trailhead on Forest Road 2840-670 (3,720') and ends at Timberline Trail #600 (5,760').

The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. The first half of the trail has moderate grades on good tread. The upper half of the trail is steeper, with a narrower tread. The trail crosses a couple of small streams as it heads up the ridge. Where the trees start to thin out in the upper portion, there is a wet meadow area to cross. The trail becomes faint here, but picks up again in the trees after the bog.  The trail ends at its junction with Timberline Trail #600.  To visit the Eden Park area, turn right on #600 and travel 0.3 mile to the junction with Eden Park Trail #600H.  Follow #600H 1.6 miles through Eden Park to Timberline Trail #600.  Turn left (east) and follow #600 1.3 miles back to the south end of this trail (#630).  To visit Dollar Lake from the south end of this trail (#630), turn left (east) on #600 and travel 0.3 mile to the junction with Dollar Lake Trail #600C.  Turn right (south) and travel 0.2 mile to Dollar Lake. To make an 8.7 mile loop, continue on Timberline Trail #600 0.7 mile to Elk Cove Trail #631.  Turn left (north-northeast) on #631 and travel 4.6 miles to Laurance Lake Road (Forest Road 2840).  Leave a car here or follow Forest Road 2840 approximately 2.5 miles (making the loop total 11.2 miles) back to the trailhead for this trail at Forest Road 2840.

Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Permit Info: A Wilderness permit is required to enter a Wilderness in Mt Hood National Forest from May 15 through October 15.  Permits are free and self-issued at trailheads and Wilderness boundaries.
Open Season: May
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood River Ranger District

General Information


The trail begins at the trailhead on Forest Road 2840-670.

From Hood River, OR - take Oregon Highway 35 south 15 miles to the town of Mount Hood.  Turn right at Oregon Hwy 281 (Cooper Spur Rd), near milepost 85, and travel 2 miles to the town of Parkdale.  From the center of Parkdale, go south on Clear Creek Road (across from McIsaacs Store) and travel approximately 2.7 miles to Laurance Lake Road (Forest Road 2840). Head right (west) on Laurance Lake Road approx 4.2 miles to Kinnikinnick Campground at Laurance Lake. Just west of Kinnikinnick Campground, leave the pavement, turn left and head south on Forest Road 2840 for approximately 2.8 miles to Forest Road 2840-670. Take Forest Road 670 uphill 0.15 mile on an improved but steep road to the trailhead.  The trail heads south from the south side of the road.   



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  Area/Length : 
3.1 miles

  Elevation : 
3720' - 5760'


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