Hike 26
The Mt. Hood National Forest
Lamberson Butte via Gnarl Ridge Hike
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Length: 8 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 2033' gain
Season: Early Summer thru Fall
Difficulty:   Challenging
Permit:   NW Forest Pass Required
Features: The hike up Gnarl Ridge to Lamberson Butte is a real gem. The hike begins near the Mt Hood Meadows Sno Park area and travels level for nearly the first mile. The most difficult part of the hike is crossing Newton Creek. The water is fast and depending on the time of year or current weather conditions, the water can vary greatly in depth. Use caution crossing. After reaching the north side of the creek, the trail climbs vigorously for about a half mile through a series of 9 switchbacks. At the top of the ridge, the trail intersects the trail to Bluegrass Ridge and Gnarl Ridge. If you continue straight ahead, you will come to Elk Meadows. However, follow Trail #646 on your left up Gnarl Ridge toward Mt Hood.
In a little over a half mile you will pass the intersection of Trail #652A which also leads to Elk Meadows. Continuing on you will come to the Timberline Trail #600 which will lead to Lamberson Butte. In about a mile and a half the trail opens up on a ridge at the base of Lamberson Butte. At that point, one must scramble up the northwest side of the butte to reach the top. The view is as good as it gets and the cliff off Lamberson Butte down to Newton Creek is very impressive. Use Caution.

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