Mountaineer Trail #798

Trail Highlights

This is the highest elevation trail on the south side of Mt Hood and much of it is above tree line so views are outstanding. Visitors can head west a mile to the old Timberline Cabin site and return on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail for an easier 2 mile hike or continue up to Silcox Hut and the top of the Mile Ski lift at 7,000′ elevation for a more challenging 2.6 mile hike. The northwestern corner of the trail is the least visited but is wonderful alpine terrain.

Trail Description

There are three distinct sections of trail. The section below the Pacific Crest Trail is gentler with grades 7-15%. Once above the Pacific Crest Trail going up the west side the trail is steeper averaging 24%. The eastern section descends from Silcox Hut following the access road at grades between 14-20% till it leaves the road near the old water tower and heads back over to Timberline Lodge.

Where the trail is at its highest elevation, the trail surface dissolves amongst the ski runs, the two ski lift buildings and Silcox Hut. To find the trail on the east side at this elevation, simply go to Silcox Hut and find the road by the hut. On the west side at this elevation, there are 2 ski lift buildings. If you walk just below the lowest building and go approximately 150′ past it to the west, you will find the trail heading down the hill. When crossing the ski run, cross where the skiers can see you.

Regulations & Leave No Trace Information

Leave No Trace Principles:
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare – Be Considerate of Other Visitors.
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces – Leave What You Find.
  • Dispose of Waste Properly – Minimize Campfire Impacts.
  • Respect Wildlife
  • The Mountaineer Trail passes through some area where the vegetation is naturally sparse. Please stay on the trail to protect this vegetation.

Directions to Trailhead

From Hwy 26 take Timberline Road 6 miles to Timberline Lodge. Park in the main parking lot and walk up to the entrance to the historic Timberline Lodge. Keep going west 700′ passing under the Magic Mile ski lift. The trail starts at a small parking lot just past the lift.


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Northwest Forest Pass Not required
Distance 2.6 mile loop
Elevation 6000'-7000'
Snow Free Late June to Early October
Difficulty More difficult
Uses Hikers