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.