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Routes in Mt. Hood

Elevation: 11,239 ft
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Shared By: Peter Franzen on Jan 24, 2006 with updates
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Mt. Hood is Oregon's tallest peak and is one of the most popular alpine summits in the world. This iconic mountain lies 70 miles east of Portland and is part of the Cascade Range. Glaciers lie on all sides.

Home to multiple ski areas and a National Forest, Mt. Hood receives a huge amount of use from outdoor enthusiasts all year. It provides the closest alpine climbing to Portland, as well as the closest skiing.

Getting There

The direct route from Portland is easiest: Take I-84 to the Wood Village exit, take a right, and drive through Gresham and Sandy on Hwy. 26. Government Camp is the closest town to the mountain.

An alternate route takes I-84 East from Portland to Hood River, and then the Mount Hood Highway (Hwy. 35) South to join up with Hwy. 26.

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I'm relatively new to climbing but I've got summit fever. I was curious what time of year the bergshrund usually closes on Mt. Hood. The weather is supposed to be really nice this coming Monday (20 Nov 2017) and I was thinking of making a summit attempt. Nov 15, 2017
I am going to make the climb the week of the 27 and am looking for a partner. If you can make it, experienced or not, I will be making the summit. Please let me know. Feb 13, 2017
Chris C.
Seattle, WA
Chris C.   Seattle, WA
The only downside to this mountain is the long and boring walk from and to the parking lot. The true definition of a slog. Jan 16, 2017
Are there any "safer" routes that can be done in August? Getting off the main one would be nice anyway. May 26, 2015
Mt Hood: A Climber's Guide is now available. This is a fabulous book compelled by Bill Mullee with writing and input from over 30 Hood veterans, including Fred Beckey and Jim Wickwire!

Purchase it now and get a free 2-year subscription to the eBook!… May 16, 2014
Newnan. Ga
Roswell   Newnan. Ga
Conditions Mid-March to Mid-May and if possible to climb. Reliable source for checking conditions would be appreciated. Dec 17, 2013
Nate Farr
Flagstaff, AZ
Nate Farr   Flagstaff, AZ
Hood's not recommended in August because rockfall gets too bad. Most people would say up until June, and then again once the rock freezes up in the late fall. Mar 6, 2008
Andrew May
Westminster, CO
Andrew May   Westminster, CO
Has anyone climbed Hood in August?
I'm considering it but it would be my first climb involving glacier travel and I'm not sure I'm up to it. Any thoughts?
Thanks. Jul 11, 2007
Andy Laakmann
Bend, OR
Andy Laakmann   Bend, OR  
From what I've heard, Mt. Hood is the 2nd most glaciated mountain climbed in the world. Mt. Fuji is #1. Dec 18, 2006
According to recent news reports, this is the 2nd most climbed mountain in the world. Any clue as to the 1st? Dec 18, 2006

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