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If you're looking for a great Mount Hood day hike with wide open views and not too much struggle, this might be the one for you!

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Situated at 6000 feet elevation at the "base" of Mount Hood is the famous Timberline Lodge.

And from the parking lot begins your hike!

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To the right of Timberline Lodge, in the back parking lot, you will find a few trails that begin leading up the mountain. All of which intersect with the Pacific Crest Trail. Begin your hike here.

Soon after, you will see how quickly you gain elevation, and the views behind you become endless!

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Though obviously, the view in front of you is spectacular!


We opted in only to hike 1 mile, due to the snow pack and being ill prepared (snow/ice climbing gear advised for winter and spring).

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Of course, you can always go for a summit hike like these prepared climbers pictured above. But for the less experienced,

a partial hike would be just as beautiful with it's rewarding views!

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Even the drive up on a clear day can be just as beautiful. Stop at any of the pull-offs along the way to smell the fresh pine and mountain air!

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However far up the mountain you decide to hike, you can't go wrong with this easily accessible trail! The views are what you make it!


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PROS:

Easily accessible hike!

Hike as far or as short as you want, with a perfect view.

Parking may be full, but is usually free (depending).

CONS:

Road conditions to Timberline can be hazardous.

Typically very crowded in the parking area and at the lodge.

The hike has zero shade, bring sunscreen!

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