- 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.