Mt. Hood National Forest, Near Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon
Climbing Mount Hood does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!
Mt. Hood is 11,240 ft. in elevation, a dormant volcano, and has 11 glaciers. The peak is part of the Mt. Hood Wilderness. Mt. Hood attracts more than 10,000 climbers a year.
Conditions on the mountain will likely feel sunny and warm this weekend. Consider a very early start to beat warming and crowds. Be alert and observant for signs of warming induced rock and ice fall. Glacial hazards such as crevasses are becoming more prevalent on the mountain.
RECENT WEATHER: This week has shown a consistent stretch of warm and sunny weather. A trend of very little precipitation since last Saturday should continue through the weekend. Sun and light wind should be the norm this weekend. Increasingly warm temperatures are forecast with free air freezing levels approaching 13,000’ by Sunday.
SNOW CONDITIONS: With spring conditions and a potential lack of overnight refreeze in the coming few days, be prepared for snow softening very early in the morning. Snow surface may still be very firm in the shade. Many parties have reported significant exposed ice in the pearly gates, preferring an extra ice tool in the upper reaches of the mountain.
MOUNTAIN HAZARDS. Many hazards can exist on Mt. Hood. Some of these include:
Rockfall: Loose rock is increasingly exposed and on the upper mountain. The sun and warm temperatures forecast for this weekend tend to cause rockfall, as the ice that holds loose rock together melts.
Icefall: Significant ice accumulations exist on the upper mountain. Large and small chunks of ice are similarly capable of falling and either can cause serious to fatal injury. Remember that sun and warming increases the likelihood of both rockfall and icefall.
Glacial features: Crevasses and other glacial features are starting to be visible, including openings in the bergschrund adjacent to the upper Hogsback. Many are likely still masked by recent or winter snow. Mount Hood is heavily glaciated, and these glacial hazards can be found on many climbing routes.
Avalanches: Snowpack conditions and stability can change rapidly in spring and early summer. Your ability to identify avalanche terrain and assess snowpack stability, along with your beacon, probe, and shovel, are often crucial for reasonably safe travel on Mt. Hood. The NWAC avalanche forecast season has ended.
Long, sliding falls: Relatively cold temperatures may result in minimal softening of refrozen this weekend. Refrozen snow conditions allow long, sliding falls that are difficult or impossible to arrest and have resulted in many fatalities. Consider the consequence of such a fall in any terrain you consider climbing or descending.
Glissading: Glissading has its time and place but also results in many accidents on Cascade volcanoes. Be sure the snow is sufficiently soft to allow speed control and assess the consequence of a sliding fall in your terrain if considering a glissade. Remove crampons to avoid potential serious lower leg injury.