With 10,000 summit attempts per year, Mt. Hood is the second most-climbed mountain in the world, surpassed only by Japan’s Mt. Fuji. Climbing season is mid-April to mid-June and a wilderness permit is required. Groups must carry or are encouraged to carry a Mountain Locator Unit (available at Mt. Hood Inn in Government Camp) and all climbers must sign out at Timberline Lodge before their climb and sign back in upon return.
Several outfitters offer snow school and climbin g instruction that culminates in a summit attempt . Current conditions and o utfitters are listed on the Mt Hood National Forest website (www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood) and include:
Timberline Mountain Guides, 1-800-464-7704 or 1-541-312-9242, www.timberlinemtguides.com
Northwest School of Survival, 503-668-8264, www.NWSOS.com
Northwest Mountain Guides, 503-698-1118, www.gotrek.com
Portland Parks and Recreation, 503-823-PLAY, www.portlandparks.org