National Forest Foundation

Mountaineering on the Mt. Hood National Forest

June 20-22, 2020

  • Saturday, June 20 – Arrive in Portland and stay at Timberline Lodge
  • Sunday, June 21 – Travel to Silcox Hut and mountaineering training
  • Monday, June 22 – early AM start to summit Mt. Hood at sunrise and stay at Timberline Lodge

On this three-day, three-night excursion, participants will have the opportunity to summit one of the most iconic mountains in the Cascade Range—Mt. Hood. The mountain is the centerpiece of the Mt. Hood National Forest, housing miles of trails, historic structures, and the only year-round lift-served skiing in North America. Our route to the summit of Mt. Hood is an entry-level mountaineering trip that offers unmatched amenities.

Participants will arrive in Portland, Oregon on June 20th, where they will be met by NFF staff and shuttled 1.5 hours to historic Timberline Lodge for their first night on Mt. Hood.

Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Timberline Lodge in 1937 after it was constructed by the Works Progress Administration.

The morning of the 21st, we’ll meet up with staff from Timberline Mountain Guides to review gear and logistics for our alpine ascent of Mt. Hood. The staff of professionally trained and accredited guides will spend the morning leading a private snow skills and basic mountaineering training course, where our group will learn footwork, ice axe usage, and our rope systems.

That afternoon, we’ll take a snowcat up to the Silcox Hut at 7,000 feet to enjoy the amenities of the hut. Today, Silcox Hut is the ultimate bed and breakfast. While rustic in a traditional sense, Silcox Hut—constructed with local stone and timbers offers modern conveniences including heat, light, and indoor plumbing. At the hut, catered dinner will be served family-style, and a breakfast of muffins and pastries will help power participants to the summit the following morning.

The summit climb begins with a wake-up call in the middle of the night (very early morning on July 22nd), and we’ll begin our climb straight from the hut, aiming to reach the summit around sunrise. This is an entry-level, but physically demanding hike, climbing 4,250’ across steep snowfields to the summit. That evening, after successfully returning to the base, we will have a relaxing night at Timberline Lodge where we can celebrate the climb over drinks at the Ram's Head Bar, enjoy a fireside hot cocoa next to the towering stone hearth, or go for a high-altitude soak in the heated outdoor pool and hot tub.

Special Guests and Speakers

On this excursion, we will be joined by Forest Service leadership, celebrity mountaineers, and other special guests that will regale us with stories that help participants understand the history of the area, the value of the Mt. Hood National Forest, and the role that mountains play in restoring the soul. More information on these special guest to come.