Top Spur Trail #785
ElevationAscent: 341' 104 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,271' 1,302 m
Low: 3,930' 1,198 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)
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“Top Spur Trail provides the quickest access to the higher parts of Mt. Hood Wilderness and a Hood viewpoint on Bald Mt.”— Kathleen Walker
Begin Top Spur at the trailhead (wide spot in the road) and follow the trail a few hundred feet to the north before it makes a large switchback and heads southeast towards the trail junctions with the PCT and Timberline Trail. The trail is rocky and has lots of eroded roots as it basically climbs the fall line in sections. You cross a small creek. After 1/2 mile, you come to the end of the trail and the intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. Turning left (north) on the PCT takes you towards Lolo Pass. Turning right on the PCT takes you to another intersection 100 feet down the trail.
This trail junction is also known as "malfunction junction", especially if you are looking at old maps or guidebooks printed before the PCT was relocated. At this intersection (standing on the PCT facing south), the trail on your far right is the continuation of the PCT headed towards Ramona Falls. This trail used to be called Bald Mountain, but in fact takes you down Bald Mountain. The trail on your far left is the Timberline Trail #600 headed east towards McNeil Point and Cairn Basin. The trail in the middle is Timberline Trail #600 headed southeast towards the Muddy Fork drainage.
This middle trail sign pointing to Timberline Trail #600 Muddy Fork takes you onto the upper south flank of Bald Mountain with a stunning view of Mt. Hood. Check out the other trail postings for how to make a short loop that takes in this view.
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