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Gnarl Ridge on the east flank of Mount Hood has one of the best views of the great mountain. Join AYM for a long but rewarding hike to this spectacular vantage point, high on the mountain. We’ll start at the Elk Meadows Trailhead and climb up to the meadows, before making our final push to the cliffs of Gnarl Ridge. We will stop at the ridge for lunch. On the way back we can spend more time exploring Elk Meadows if there is interest.
Distance: 11 miles out and back (with exploration of Elk Meadows included; 9.4 miles otherwise)
Elevation gain: 2,500 feet
Drive distance from Portland: 115 miles round-trip (just under 90 minutes each way)
NW Forest Pass required for each vehicle. Please remember to bring the Ten Essentials, including at least 2 liters of water (3 liters is better). Sunscreen and sunglasses are a good idea, as it is very exposed on Gnarl Ridge. Wilderness area, hike is limited to 12 participants. No dogs. Meet at Gateway Transit Center, 8 AM. Leader: Matt Reeder
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