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January 15, 2017

Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut

A bluebird day on Mount Hood: snowshoe from Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and higher…¬†towards the top of the Palmer Lift. 2.6 miles 1,400 ft gain

The Mount Hood Express bus is a great way to get to Timberline Lodge. We drove to Sandy and the bus took us the rest of the way for only $2. Traffic was heavy on the way to the mountain, and chains were required on Timberline Road, so I was very happy to not be driving.

Snowshoers can follow the snowcat tracks for 1.2 miles to Silcox Hut, keeping out of the ski areas. It’s steep at times, gaining 1,000 ft in one mile. The hut is used throughout the year, so don’t be surprised to see people staying there. The trail continues past Silcox if you want to push further. We crossed under the Palmer Lift and continued for a short distance, with Mount Hood looming large directly above.

snowshoeing: Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and beyond

on the Mount Hood Express bus

snowshoeing: Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and beyond

beginning on the snowcat tracks

snowshoeing: Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and beyond

looking back towards Timberline Lodge

snowshoeing: Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and beyond

view of Mount Jefferson and the Three Sisters

snowshoeing: Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and beyond

Silcox Hut, at the 7,000 ft level on Mount Hood

snowshoeing: Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and beyond

me and Mount Hood

snowshoeing: Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and beyond

heading up higher

snowshoeing: Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and beyond

Palmer ski lift

snowshoeing: Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and beyond

going higher next to the Palmer ski lift

snowshoeing: Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and beyond

amazing views!

snowshoeing: Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and beyond

heading back

snowshoeing: Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and beyond

trees and snow

snowshoeing: Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and beyond

Mount Hood, looking good

snowshoeing: Timberline Lodge to Silcox Hut and beyond

a beautiful day on the mountain

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