THE TIMBERLINE TRAIL Submitted by Sandra Saathoff (Summer 2018 Kinnikinnick)
Team: Rika Ream, Sandra Saathoff
Dates: August 28 – September 1, 2017 Mileage: 40 miles +/Elevation: 9,000 feet of elevation gain Water Crossings: 6 major drainage crossings
The Timberline Trail circumnavigates Mt. Hood, outside of Portland, Oregon. Mt. Hood does not have a permit lottery in place, which means one is almost assured of being able to plan and execute a backpacking trip. However, there is not a lot of formal information about the trail and camps. Most of it is found through trip reports online. Green Trails Maps has a good topo map and by piecing together information about the location of camps and water sources, one can put together a decent trip plan. Mt. Hood does not have formal bridges at river crossings, formal bear hang poles or outhouse facilities.
It is altogether a more wild experience than places like Mt. Rainier, though not without certain small luxuries here and there...
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