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Sunshine Route 

Type:  Alpine, 5300', Grade II
Original: Mod. Snow [details]
Season: May, June, early July
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Submitted By: Jeff Hebert on Jul 9, 2012

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Sunrise on Mt. Adams from the base of Mt. Hood's S...


This is a great, relatively easy route up Mount Hood, avoiding the crowds of the South Side and catching great views of Adams, Rainier, and St. Helens along the way.

From Cloud Cap on the North side of Mount Hood, ascend the Timberline Trail to the moraine and continue toward Cooper Spur until reaching a large cairn. Follow the climber's trail down to the Eliot Glacier. Cross the glacier and head for the Snow Dome, ascend the dome and continue past Anderson Rock, trending up and right looking for a snow bridge to gain the ridge or a traverse over to gain it. Climb the ridge to the summit.

If the road to Cloud Cap is open, you'll be able to cut off nearly 4 miles and a bit over 2,000ft of elevation on the Tilly Jane trail.


North face, starting at Cloud Cap


Standard glacier-travel gear

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking back toward the Snow Dome from just below ...
Looking back toward the Snow Dome from just below ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the ridge just past the bergschrund 7/7...
Looking up the ridge just past the bergschrund 7/7...
Rock Climbing Photo: The bulk of the Sunshine Route is visible and mark...
The bulk of the Sunshine Route is visible and mark...

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By Taylor Bentz
Dec 15, 2013

This spring did this solo. Started at TJ TH as cloud cap road wasn't open. Bivied above the snow dome, for an amazing clear night. Woke up, went straight up to the ridge through the rocks (no traverse as it was looking unstable). Tried to ski off the cooper spur route but it hadn't softened up enough so I went down the south side. AMAZING skiing straight from the top.
By crackatoa Spiesbach
From: Boulder,Co
May 23, 2014

Whats the Crevase situation on this route. I'm thinking about doing the cooper spur and coming down this route.. Is doing this without a rope team safe like the south side or am I asking to get swallowed up.. probably going late June
By Katie McKinstry
Aug 31, 2017

If you are looking for a route up Hood and bypassing all of the other climbers and getting some insanely amazing views this is the route for you. SO glad we chose this route rather than the regular. More info in my blog link above.

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