Mountaineer Loop Trail #798
ElevationAscent: 1,067' 325 m
Descent: -1,064' -324 m
High: 6,941' 2,116 m
Low: 5,875' 1,791 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“This mid to late summer trail keeps you mostly above timberline on the slopes of Mt. Hood where you'll see snow in July!”— Kathleen Walker
In the lower elevations, you cross through mountain hemlock, white bark pines, and western red cedar when you get into the draws, but just as you cross over the Pacific Crest Trail, you are soon above timberline with subalpine plants transitioning to alpine plants. Head north and gradually (and at times not so gradually!) uphill towards the top of the Magic Mile and bottom of the Palmer chairlifts. At this point, you may encounter skiers and snowboarders who can ski almost year round. You can take the trail between the two chairlift buildings, or skirt both on the downhill side and continue east. (Spoiler alert! - you can ride the chairlift to this point). At this point, you finally start the downhill part of the trail.
Continue east towards Silcox Hut. This place is rented out but you can take pictures at the site. Head downhill and as you approach timberline, you'll see the water tank to the right. Continue down to the trees and recross over the Pacific Crest Trail. After that point, you have some choices. If you want to return to your starting point at the pool, cross over the paved road and continue around the trails at the back of Timberline Lodge towards the amphitheater and then drop down to the pool where you started.
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