Top Spur Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail accesses the west side of the Mount Hood Wilderness from the Lolo Pass Area.  Qualities of the trail itself include wildflowers in June and huckleberries in late August. It is heavily visited.  You can connect to the Timberline Trail which has outstanding views of Mt. Hood.

Provides access to:  Top Spur Trail which enters Mt. Hood Wilderness.


Capacity for around 10 medium sized vehicles


A steep, forested trail that is mainly an access route to the Timberline Trail and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000.  It is heavily visited.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trail cleared of logs as of 10/01/20
Fees $5/vehicle/day from May 15th to Oct 1st.
Permit Info: Wilderness Permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15.
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Welches, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: Recreation Passes  may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zig Zag Ranger Station

General Information


From Portland, OR - Take US Hwy 26 17.5 miles east of Sandy and turn left at E Lolo Pass Road (Forest Road 18) and travel 4 miles. Turn right at Forest Road 1825 and travel 0.7 mile. Continue straight onto Forest Road 1828 for 5.6 miles beyond turnoff to Riley Campground and Lost Creek Campground. Keep right at the fork and continue onto graveled Forest Road 1828-118. Drive 1.6 miles to the trailhead on your right.  

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