hikes

September 14, 2008

McNeil Point

Location: Timberline Trail in the Mount Hood Wilderness, Oregon
Distance: about 5 miles
Elevation Gain: about 1,000 feet (starting at 4,000 ft. going to 5,000 ft.)

We’ve been wanting to do this hike for awhile, but if the weather’s not just right, there’s not much point in doing it. Sometimes Mount Hood is socked in and then you can’t see it. That wasn’t the case today. In Portland, it was 90 degrees and sunny, so it was perfect for going on this hike. I enjoyed the changing scenery as the forests transitioned on the way up to the meadow where we stopped. The views of Mount Hood are the best I’ve seen yet. We were so close. While we didn’t make to the McNeil Point shelter this time, we will next time. We could see it from the meadow area. This hike starts on the Top Spur trail and connects to the Timberline Trail.

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