Hike 24
The Mt. Hood National Forest
Bald Mountain Overlook via Top Spur Hike
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Map of the Bald Mountain Overlook Hike

Length: 2 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 400' gain
Season: Summer thru Fall
Difficulty:   Easy
Permit:   NW Forest Pass Required


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Here is a popular little hike for the whole family. The trailhead is accessable via the Lolo Pass Road off highway 26 from Zig Zag, Oregon. Follow the signs leading to the Top Spur Trailhead, which will lead you to Forest Road #118.

This hike begins at the Top Spur cutoff Trail #765. After a half mile climb you intersect the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. Follow this trail for a couple hundred feet to the right where you come to a major intersection of four (4) trail options. Select the Timberline Trail #600 just to the immediate right of the large trail description sign.

Follow Trail #600 for about two thirds of a mile through a forested area, and the trail will break out into one of the most spectacular viewpoints of Mt. Hood to be found anywhere along the Timberline Trail.

This easy hike has enormous rewards! Enjoy!

Mt. Hood from the Bald Mountain overlook
How to get there:

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Take the Lolo Pass Road (Road 18) out of Zig Zag for about 4 miles. Bear right on Road 1825. In about another mile, bear to the left and do NOT cross the bridge over the Sandy River. Follow Road 1828 about 6.5 miles to the junction with Road 118. Bear right on Road 118 and follow it another couple miles to the trailhead. Park head-in on the opposite side of the road from the trail. Vandalism is a problem here... so be aware.

Note: This is the same trailhead for McNeil Point, and the Bald Mtn. Overlook hikes. You can also hike to Cairn Basin from here.

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