Clackamas County High Point Trip Report
Mt Hood (11,239 ft)
Date: June 1996
Author: Ken Jones
Oregon's tallest peak, and a serious climb, but easy as glacier climbs go.
Has been called the second most frequently climbed snow-capped mountain in
the world, after Fujiyama.
Get to Timberline Lodge on the south side of the mountain. Register your
climb; you should probably have picked up a "Mt. Hood Locator Unit" in the
Portland area so they can find you if you don't come back as scheduled.
Read the warnings at registration; Mt. Hood is very hard to find your way
about in a whiteout.
Basically, you walk up Mt. Hood's south slope to the summit. This is fairly
easy to the top of the Palmer Lift of the ski area; stay off the groomed
slopes (keep to the east side). Continue walking up, to the right of Crater
Rock, then rope up and wear crampons up the Hogsback and to the top. Ice
axe skills are essential, but if you choose the right time of year (May -
early July) crevasse problems are unlikely most years.
Be cautious on the way down if visibility is restricted. If you just head
down the "fall line" you'll end up west of and below where you started.
This is a day hike, but start around midnight or 1 a.m. (a couple of hours
later if you're quick). If you're rich and lazy, you can arrange through
the lodge to have a SnoCat ride to the top of the lifts; this eliminates
about half the gain - but you still have to walk all the way down.