Climbing Mount Hood
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||The Northwest Avalanche Center issues daily avalanche forecasts in spring. Visit their website for the avalanche forecast and valuable weather station data:|
|Rentals & Guides:||Outfitter/guide organizations currently authorized to conduct climbing services on Mt Hood:|
|Busiest Season:||Late spring and early summer|
|Closest Towns:||Government Camp, OR|
|Restroom:||Climbers register restroom is currently open.|
|Passes:||Some trailheads require a day use fee. View a list of available Recreation Passes that may be used in lieu of day use fee payment.|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
The southside climbing route leaves from the Timberline Ski Area. Climbers registration is in the Wy'East Day Lodge. When you leave the parking area, please use the Climber’s Trail just east of the ski area to avoid resort operations.
The Salmon River Lot at the Timberline ski area is currently the primary point of access to the upper mountain. Sno-Park permits are required until April 30th. The Cloud Cap Road is currently closed.
You are responsible for your safety. Those planning to climb should take all necessary equipment for self-rescue and extended stays on the mountain due to weather or incident. There are no emergency medical services available on the mountain. It is a remote location. Any help may be hours or days out, especially in situations where your location or weather would create an unsafe situation for rescuers. It is always advisable to leave your itinerary and estimated time of return with a third party. Climbers Registration is in the Wy’East Day Lodge at Timberline.
View our detailed climbing page for more information.
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South side of Mt Hood from Timberline.
Landmarks on the south side of Mount Hood
From Hogsback looking at Bergchrund and Pearly Gates (06/20/2005)
|Difficulty Level:||Most Difficult|