Climbing Mount Hood

Please check out the Mt. Hood climbing page for logistics, safety , permits, and other planning info.

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: National Weather Service forecast links:
Rentals & Guides: Outfitter/guide organizations currently authorized to conduct climbing services on Mt Hood:
Permit Info:
  • Climbers must have a Wilderness permit in their possession year-round when on the south side climbing route of Mt. Hood. Permits are available at the Wy'East Timberline Day Lodge. Wilderness permits are required for all other areas of the Mt. Hood Wilderness from May 15 through October 15 annually.
  • Climbing Register forms are highly recommended. These forms are not checked to ensure that climbers have safely returned, but they provide rescuers crucial information if a rescue is initiated on your behalf. Complete these forms at the Climbers Registration at Timberline.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Late spring and early summer
  • Group size limit is 12
  • Mount Hood Wilderness Restrictions & Guidelines for Mount Hood's upper reaches.
  • Please carry one or more human waste pack out bags and use them if you need to defecate while on the mountain. Blue Bags are available free of charge at the Climbers Registration at Timberline. No one wants to see human waste on the mountain. Pack yours out!
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
Information Center:
  • Zigzag Ranger District, (503) 622-3191
  • Hood River Ranger District, (541) 352-6002

General Information


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.

South side of Mt Hood from Timberline.

Landmarks on the south side of Mount Hood

Landmarks on the south side of Mount Hood within Mount Hood Wilderness.

From Hogsback looking at Bergchrund and Pearly Gates (06/20/2005)

June 20th, 2005 Picture of Bergschrund and Pearly Gates

Virtual Tour

Portland Mountain Rescue's - Mt Hood Virtual Tour


Mountain Climbing

Permit required?: Y
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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