Timberline National Historic Trail #600


Timberline Trail #600 vicinity map.

Timberline Trail #600 vicinity map.


Trail Description and Map (pdf)

This trail enters the Mt. Hood Wilderness and is a classic Pacific Northwest trail circumnavigating Mt. Hood with alpine vistas, waterfalls, alpine meadows and west side Cascade forest. It was constructed primarily by 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.  

This trail accesses the Mt. Hood Wilderness.

Map of Timberline Trail Eliot Branch Reroute (pdf)

Wilderness restrictions apply.

River Crossing Guide (pdf)


For trail conditions contact the nearest ranger district office:

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: Timberline Trail is logged out in the summer one section at a time. In some areas the snow melts out very slowly. Review trail sections areas listed on this site page for more information or contact the Zigzag or Hood River Ranger District offices. 
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15. Permits are free and available at trailheads.
Open Season: July
Best Season: Summer
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
Passes: Some trailheads require a valid recreation pass. Check our Recreation Passes and Permits page for details.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zigzag Ranger District, Hood River Ranger District

General Information


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.



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  Area/Length : 
24.5 miles, loop is 41.5 miles

  Elevation : 
3480' - 7320'