Gnarl Ridge, Timberline Trail, Mount Hood, Oregon.

Full of Surprises: Backpacking Mount Hood’s Timberline Trail

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By Michael Lanza

Minutes after we walk past the sign warning that this section of the Timberline Trail is closed due to “a deep chasm,” with 100-foot drop-offs, created by flooding from a storm—rendering the creek crossing ahead of us “very unstable and unsafe”—Jeff and I reach the top of the ridge high above the east bank of Eliot Creek. If you’ve ever wondered about the destructive power of water, take a look at Eliot Creek. A few steps ahead of us, the trail disappears as if bitten off by a set of jaws about 300 feet wide.

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2 Responses to Full of Surprises: Backpacking Mount Hood’s Timberline Trail

  1. Manjeet   |  August 7, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Your article is make us update with climbing and trekking.

    • MichaelALanza   |  August 7, 2015 at 7:20 am

      That sounds like a great plan, Manjeet.

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