Rainforest to Rainshadow
The Timberline Trail on Mt. Hood is routinely described as one of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world. At just over 40 miles in length, it completely circles Oregon's tallest peak with a total elevation gain of 8600ft.
Visitors making the multi-day trek can expect to travel through temperate rain forest near Ramona Falls, sub alpine meadows high on the mountains flanks, and arid plains within the cascade rain shadow on the east side.
Every footstep brings new views of Mount Hood and the surrounding area including several of the Cascade volcanoes. Portland, the Coast Range and the Willamette River are also visible to the west, the Columbia River to the north, and the Oregon Desert far off to the east.