October 24, 2009

Silcox Hut on Mount Hood

Location: Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Oregon
Distance: 2.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft.

Starting at Timberline Lodge, which is at 6,000 ft. on Mount Hood, we hiked up to the Silcox Hut at 7,000 ft. The hike isn’t very long (2.2 miles total for the loop), but has 1,000 ft. elevation gain in just one mile. Normally, that isn’t too difficult, but at this elevation, I was very slow and had to keep stopping to catch my breath. We started out on the Timberline Trail, which goes through a wooded area before meeting up with the Mountaineer Trail. Since timberline is around 6,000 feet, we left the wooded area and hiked up a rocky, ash-filled trail. The views to the surrounding mountains are wide open about halfway up. We could see Mount Jefferson and the Three Sisters to the south, as well as mile after mile of rolling green mountain ranges. Once we reached the Silcox Hut, we were above a small layer of clouds that was coming in from Portland. This is a major ski area in the winter and we passed several ski lifts and their buildings. A few people were riding the ski lift up instead of hiking, even though there was no snow.  While this was an interesting hike, I prefer a more natural setting without all of machinery that supports the skiing crowds.

Timberline Lodge

Timberline Trail

Timberline Trail going towards Mountaineer Trail

view south

Mountaineer Trail

Mount Hood

view south with clouds moving in

Silcox Hut