11,249 ft / 3,429 m


7,706 ft / 2,349 m


113 summits

Top climbing months

May   28%

June   28%

July   14%

Most climbed route

South Side


  • Mount Hood is the highest mountain in Oregon and the fourth highest in the Cascade Range.
  • A stratovolcano considered the Oregon volcano most likely to erupt. Active sulfur boiling vents dot the mountain.
  • Located about 50 miles from Portland, Oregon, it has convenient access and minimal technical climbing challenges.
  • Home to 12 glaciers and very frequently climbed with about 10,000 people attempting to summit every year.
  • The most popular route, called the South Route, begins at Timberline Lodge and proceeds up Palmer Glacier.
"Near perfect conditions for the day - arrived at timberline at 5 to summit at 10. Pearly gates were still solid even on descent with almost perfect stair-steps along the route. Bergschrund began to open up already, and two more crevasses had begun to form on old chute." - sklarguy, Jun 2, 2018
"Couldn't have asked for better conditions heading up Hood. Sean and I started at 1 and summited at 6. Pearly gates were perfect with basically stairs already kicked in. Could see all the mountains you would hope to, Jefferson, Sisters, Rainer, Adams, Helens. We had the summit to ourselves for 20 minutes before heading back down the gates. Real glad I finally got to stand on top of Oregon." - MatthewWinterberg, May 7, 2018
"Nice window opened up for a sunday summit. Left timberline at 1am, hit the top of palmer glacier at 2:45, the devils kitchen by 4:40, hogsback at 5:10 and summited 10 minutes before sunrise. I had other things to do that day so took some sunrise pics and dropped off the summit and was back at the car by 8." - oregon-mt-goat, Apr 22, 2018
"Timberline to summit via Old Chute. Bergschrund started below Pearly Gates, but ended just below the Old Chute. Snow on Old Chute in good shape, but there is extreme rock fall danger. Be aware of parties above and below you. We brought a rope, pickets, and ice screws as well, but we really only needed our helmets, ixe axes, and crampons." - mathiasricken, Aug 20, 2017
"1 AM departure from the parking lot, 12:30 PM return, mainly due to a logjam in the Pearly Gates (ascent) and Old Chute Variation (setting up anchors for cautious belay). The conditions could not have been more perfect (no wind, firm snow, clear skies with a gorgeous moon). Some parts would have had less pucker-factor with an ice tool in addition to ice axe." - TynanRammGranberg, Jun 5, 2017



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