Backpacking Trip: Mount Hood Timberline Loop

Mount Hood is the highest peak in Oregon, climbing up from sea level up to 11,250ft. She’s one of the Pacific Northwest’s (potentially active) volcanos and home to the iconic hotel featured in Stephen King’s The Shining,  Timberline Lodge.

In the winters, folks ski Mount Hood via Timberline or Meadows, but in the summer months, Mount Hood National Forest is a playground for hikers. There is a trek that circumnavigates the volcano called the Timberline Loop: 40 miles, 8,000ft of elevation gain, and most folks backpack it in 3-4 days.

So over labor day weekend, with two very very cute dogs in tow, we grabbed our gear and hit the trails! Side note: we intended to hike this in 4 days/3 nights, but between frigid down pouring rain and unexpected food shortages, we hauled it in 2 long days (and 3 nights). Do-able, but next time (oh, there will be a next time!), I’d recommend 3 full days.

I had fun collecting footage and putting together a mini montage of the adventure. Plus, check off #19 and #30 on my 31 Before 31 list! Hope you enjoy the video.

And if you ever have the means, I highly recommend this backpacking loop.

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