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Mt. Hood Climbers Trail

Timberline Lodge

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An in-bounds uphill route high on Mount Hood, where you can get a quick ski tour during most months of the year.

Resort Ski Touring Moderate

3.2 km
804 m
2 m
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.6 km
Mt. Hood Climbers Trail Map

This is a designated uphill route within Timberline Resort, open for skinning at any time. It’s also the beginning of the southside routes to climb Mount Hood, and the approach to backcountry skiing zones like Illumination Rock and Zigzag Glacier. At these mid elevations on Mt. Hood, snow usually holds well into the summer, so the Climbers Trail makes an easy late-season ski tour even after most of the resort has closed. When the lower elevations melt out, you could still hike up to the Palmer Glacier for ski laps at any time of year.


To start the route, park in the large trailhead lot east of Timberline Lodge. The up-track may be marked during the regular resort season, but don’t count on signage early or late season. The beginning of the route goes around a somewhat steep knoll, but then the gradient lessens beyond a patch of trees. Proceeding up the mountain, it roughly follows the ski runs Otto Lang and Bean’s Run, but stays to climbers’ right of them both. Timberline’s uphill policy states that climbers should stay off of these maintained runs.

The climbers’ trail goes all the way past Silcox Hut and continues up the Palmer snowfield, to the upper boundary of the resort above Palmer Express lift. Continuing out of bounds is possible, but from there you enter backcountry terrain where additional hazards exist, and the terrain gets steeper. You should also have a wilderness permit from the Forest Service if you plan to exit the resort.

Sources: https://www.timberlinelodge.com/mountain/safety http://mountainlessons.com/mthoodskiguide/routes/palmerzigzag




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Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between November and July

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