Climbing Mount Hood

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!

Overview

Mount Hood, Oregon's highest summit at 11,240 feet, is a dormant volcano covered with 11 active glaciers. This snow covered peak lies at the heart of Mount Hood Wilderness and is covered with forested slopes and alpine meadows. Mount Hood attracts more than 10,000 climbers a year, making Mount Hood's summit the most visited snow covered peak in America.

Current Conditions

05/24/2019 Climbing Report

Spring has arrived on Mt Hood. Routes are in awesome climbing and skiing condition. Spring weather can still bring winter like conditions on the mountain. Storms can develop quickly and still bring significant snowfall and poor conditions including snow, rain, high winds, poor visibility, thunderstorms and cold temperatures.  Snow depth increases as one ascends in elevation. The potential for avalanche activity is still a risk that needs to be considered, Monitor conditions and weather forecasts by the  National Weather Service  And any special postings by the NW Weather and Avalanche Center . Avalanche rescue gear such as a beacon, shovel and probe are also strongly recommended and the knowledge of how to use them.

Climbing Mt Hood is a technical climb. There are no trails to the summit. The "easier" southside climbing route from the historic Timberline Lodge is still a technical climb with crevasses to cross, falling rocks, avalanches and often inclement weather. Ropes, crampons and other technical gear are necessary. Climbing season is generally from April to mid-June due to melting snow and rockfall hazards later in the season. Detailed information on climbing routes is available from several climbing guidebooks. Fatalities on the mountain average at least one a year. Other routes on the mountain are much more difficult.

Consider climbing mid-week to enhance your opportunity for solitude. Check out this video overview for some key information about what it takes to climb safely: