Mount Hood, Oregon

Prominence: 7706 ft, 2349 m

Elevation: 11,239 feet, 3426 meters

True Isolation: 57.64 mi, 92.76 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 11,243 ft / 3427 m
Alternate Name(s)Wy'east
SubpeaksIllumination Rock (9543 ft/2909 m)
Peak TypeVolcano
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)45° 22' 25'' N; 121° 41' 45'' W
45.373496, -121.695966 (Dec Deg)
602108E 5025269N Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceOregon (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionClackamas (Highest Point)
Hood River (Highest Point)

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     Mount Hood at Trip Report for Clackamas, OR by Ken Jones Trip Report for Clackamas, OR by Richard Garland Trip Report for Clackamas, OR by Ben Knorr Trip Report for Clackamas, OR by Shannon Dillmore

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Lists that contain Mount Hood:
     USA Lower 48 Top 400 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #11)
     USA Lower 48 Range5 High Points (Rank #109)
     USA/Canada Range4 High Points (Rank #54)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #11)
     Western Contiguous USA CoHPs (Rank #107)
     Western USA CoHPs (Rank #115)
     Western USA Peaks with 25 miles of Isolation (Rank #64)
     Triple Crown CoHPs (Rank #5)
     Apex (Toughest) CoHPs (Rank #10)
     North America Peaks with 2000 meters of Prominence (Rank #48)
     Mazamas Sixteen Northwest Peaks Award (Rank #4)
     USA Lower 48 Range4 High Points (Rank #37)
     2000-foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #11)
     Cascade Volcanoes Peak Pin (Rank #4)
     United States State High Points (plus DC) (Rank #13)
     CoHP High Five List (Rank #51)
     Mazamas Cascades Award (Rank #1)
     Oregon Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #1)
     Oregon County High Points (Rank #1)
     Oregon Top 100 Peaks (Rank #1)
     Oregon 9000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     Oregon County Prominence Peaks (Rank #1)
     Oregon Top 100 by Prominence (Rank #1)
     Oregon Wilderness High Points (Rank #1)
(Peak is on over 20 lists; Not all shown here.)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes (Smoot)
       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)
       Oregon High: A Climbing Guide to Nine Cascade Volcanoes (Thomas)
       Backcountry Ski! Oregon (Van Tilburg)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1982-09-06 by William Inman
     1989-06-21 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     1994-07-08 by Glenn Slayden
     1996-06-16 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2004-07-01 by Ben Lostracco
     2009-05-24 by Marisa Ruhter
     2011-01-24 by Michael Wanberg
     2011-06-09 by William Musser
     2012-06-08 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2012-07-07 by BMS 914 (GPS Track)
     2012-07-27 by Brian Friedrich
     2012-08-17 by Ed Wandall
     2012-09-16 by Drew Gajan (Unsuccessful)
     2013-05-25 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2013-06-15 by BMS 914 (GPS Track)
     2014-04-11 by Alex Lockard (GPS Track)
     2014-04-12 by Michael Wanberg (Unsuccessful)
     2014-05-19 by Marlin Thorman (GPS Track)
     2014-06-08 by James Barlow (GPS Track)
     2014-06-09 by Michael Wanberg
     2014-06-19 by Tye Scott
     2014-07-02 by Rob Woodall (GPS Track)
     2015-03-21 by Marlin Thorman (GPS Track)
     2015-05-24 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (GPS Track)
     2015-06-04 by Richard Briggs
     2015-06-09 by Jens Midthun (GPS Track)
     2015-06-21 by Julien Yamba (GPS Track)
     2015-06-27 by Aharon Elston (GPS Track)
     2015-07-20 by Sam Grant (GPS Track)

View ascents of peak by registered members (684 total)

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Mt. Hood is the highest mountain in Oregon. However, excluding subsidiary peaks, it is only the fourth highest in the Cascade Range, far lower than 14,000 foot giants Mt. Rainier and Mt. Shasta and over a thousand lower than Mt. Adams. However, owing to its relatively northern and western position in the range, the peak is heavily glaciated and receives staggering amounts of snowfall every winter. Also, Mt. Hood has a more pointy and distinctive profile, in contrast to the many other Cascade volcanoes.

Climbing Notes:

Mt. Hood is an easy climb compared to Mt. Rainier, but still a difficult excercise in snow and ice climbing that has killed an alarming number of alpinists. Steep slopes, unpredictable weather, and easy access to a metropolitan area make the peak dangerous despite being perhaps the most climbed glaciated peak in the world.

The south side is the standard climbing route, made easier by a ski lift running from Timberline Lodge up to about 8,500'. The lift runs virtually year-round, but starts too late in the day for climbers wishing for optimal glacier conditions. Sno-cats can be hired for pre-dawn trips up to the top of the lift, or the liftline can be hiked, adding a couple hours to the ascent.

From the top of the lifts, the route easily ascends broad, sloping snowfields to a ridge of snow called the Hogsback. The top part of this ridge is split by a bergschrund, usually the only crevasse on the trip. Once this obstacle is turned, a short but steep stretch of ice or snow (the "Pearly Gates") leads directly to the summit.

The conical form of Mount Hood towers above the Timberline Lodge area (1989-06-21).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 7706 ft/2349 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 7706 ft/2349 m
  Line Parent: Eocene Peak
  Key Col: Abbot Pass    3533 ft/1077 m
Isolation57.64 mi/92.76 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Pikers Peak  (N)
Isolation Limit Point: 46° 11' 27'' N; 121° 29' 21'' W
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RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Cascade Range
Range4: Oregon Cascades (Highest Point)
Range5: Mount Hood Area (Highest Point)
Ridges/DividesPacific Crest
Oregon Cascade Crest (Highest Point)
Drainage Basins
Pacific Ocean

Deschutes [OR] (HP)
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Mount Hood National Forest (Highest Point)
Wilderness/Special Area: Mount Hood Wilderness Area (Highest Point)
Topo MapMount Hood South O45121c6 1:24,000
Ski AreaTimberline Lodge
First Ascent1857
George Chittenden
Route #1 Glacier Climb: South Side
Trailhead: Top of Palmer Ski Lift (Ski Lift) 8500 ft/2591 m
Vertical Gain: 2739 ft/835 m
Route #2 Glacier Climb: Cooper Spur
Trailhead: Cloudcap Inn Road 5640 ft/1719 m
Vertical Gain: 5599 ft/1707 m
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Other Photos

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After successful summit, preparing to descend through the gate as the morning sun reflects the peak of the volcano above onto the clouds below (2011-06-09). Photo by William Musser.
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HP #7 (2011-06-12). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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This is the ascent route (2015-02-15). Photo by Petro Ksondzyk.
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View from the hogsback (2015-01-25). Photo by Petro Ksondzyk.
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