Commonly done during the Basic Climbing Education Program (BCEP), this hike is a good conditioner for climbing Mt. Hood as well as practicing rope team travel and crampon techniques.

Activity Notes

Important Update: The Palmer hike on Saturday will start later and be shorter.  We will eat hot breakfast at the Lodge at 7 AM, load cars, do Lodge chores, and aim to depart the Lodge around 8 AM to drive up to Timberline.  Our goal will be to start hiking no later than 9 AM (sooner if possible).  We will only hike to the top of the Palmer chair lift (2,500 ft elevation gain).  I estimate we will be back to the parking lot between 3-4 PM, depending on conditions.  I expect pretty deep snow and that we will have to take turns breaking trail.  Updated prospectus is linked below.

This will be a mock Mount Hood climb and a chance to continue practicing snow climbing techniques.  We will hike from the Timberline Lodge parking lot to the top of the Palmer chair lift.

Please use the links below to access additional information about this hike:

  1. Prospectus (UPDATED)
  2. Map (standardslope angle shadedPMR South Side Landmarks)
  3. GPX Track
  4. Weather (NOAAMeteoBlueMountain Forecast)/Avalanche Forecast


Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 65 miles
Driving Time from Portland 60 hours
Distance - Round Trip 4 miles
Expected Duration Car to car in one day
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