While this route can be a chore to get to and usually requires a car shuttle, once you are on it it's the most direct line to the summit of Hood. This classic route is exposed and continuous, and confidence on steep snow is required. Be sure and check if the road to Cloud Cap is open - in a big snow year it may not melt out until late June. Early season climbs are possible, although starting at Cooper Spur ski area adds an extra 2,000 feet onto your climb.
|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 Climbers Guide to the Cascade Volcanoes by Jeff Smoot|
|Relevant Maps||USGS 7 1/2 minute series, Mt Hood South, Green Trails Mt. Hood, GeoGraphics Mt. Hood <href="http: "="" adventure="" c463="" starts-here="" title="On the Mazama Climbing and Hiking map page " www.mazamas.org="" your="">On the Mazama Climbing and Hiking map page <href="http: maps.google.com="" maps?f="q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=mt+hood&sll=44.674285,-121.798955&sspn=0.018707,0.04549&t=p&ie=UTF8&ll=45.373825,-121.695642&spn=0.01851,0.045233&z=15&iwloc=addr"" title="Google maps">Google maps</href="http:></href="http:>|
|Awards Qualified||16 Major NW Peaks, Guardian Peaks, Seven Oregon Cascades Peaks|