McNeil Point

McNeil Point

McNeil Point

  • Easy (around Bald Mountain)
  • 2.2-mile loop
  • 400 feet elevation gain
  • Open June to early November


  • Moderate (to ponds below McNeil Point)
  • 6.8 miles round trip
  • Open mid-July through October
  • 1640 feet elevation gain


  • Difficult (to McNeil Point shelter)
  • 9.6 miles round trip
  • 2220 feet elevation gain

Wildflowers, tumbling brooks, and craggy mountain vistas lend alpine splendor to this ridge on Mt. Hood’s northwest shoulder. An easy loop circles Bald Mountain to a picture-postcard view of Mt. Hood. But for real alpine drama, climb the Timberline Trail to a pond reflecting massive McNeil Point—or better yet, continue up a new route to McNeil Point itself, where you’ll find a stone shelter on a ridge.

Turn north off Highway …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.