This route is a step up in commitment, difficulty and reward from the standard South side. Early season is best. A second ice tool can be useful, as can ice screws. While a one day ascent is common, camping at Illumination Saddle the night before will reward you with great views and an early and well rested start. Bring the backcountry skis for a great ski down after breaking camp.

Activity Notes

We plan on camping at illumination rock and getting a 3:30 am start on summit day. From illumination rock we will descend to the Reid and traverse to the start of the couloir. We will descend from the summit via the Southside then make for our camp to collect tents etc.

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 65 miles
Driving Time from Portland 1 hours
Distance - Round Trip 7 miles
Expected Duration Car to car in one day
Interesting Features Glacier(s)
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, Geo-Graphics Mt. Hood Google map https://www.google.com/maps/@45.3724675,-121.7112291,14z/data=!5m1!1e4
Awards Qualified 16 Major NW Peaks, Guardian Peaks, Seven Oregon Cascades Peaks
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