As of January 1, 2024, all climbers above 9,500' in the Mt. Hood National Forest are required to carry a permit. As a Mazama member, if you are accepted onto this climb, your permit will be included with your registration—you will not need to arrange your own climbing permit.

This route leaves from Timberline and leaves the crowds. A more interesting approach and routefinding combined with steeper snow make this route a good one to try for the confident intermediate climber. This route is typically harder then Leuthold Couloir and easier than Sandy Headwall. A second ice tool for security and whacking pickets can be a good idea. In typical conditions, it's usually best to traverse from the top of the Palmer rather than from lower down, to lose as little altitude as possible when you cross the White River Glacier. Bring a few small cams, tri cams and/or pitons for protecting the rock on the traverse - if it's melted out, the rock is decent and may offer better pro than the snow. The last 2 pitches can be exposed 50+ degree snow.

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 65 miles
Driving Time from Portland 1 hours
Expected Duration Car to car in one day
Relevant Books Oregon High by Jeff Thomas
Relevant Maps USGS 7 1/2 minute series, Mt Hood South Green Trails Mt. Hood Geo-Graphics Mt. Hood Google map,-121.7112291,14z/data=!5m1!1e4
Awards Qualified 16 Major NW Peaks, Guardian Peaks, Seven Oregon Cascades Peaks
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