Hike McNeil Point

Oregon Top Spur Trailhead

Added by Dan Moe

  • This hike is 10.5 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of ~2200 feet
  • Get amazing meadow views at Bald Mountain
  • When you cross the outflow from Glisan Glacier, the meadow provides great campsites
  • Duration: Half day or overnight if backpacking

The hike to McNeil Point begins at Top Spur Trailhead, in the Mt. Hood National Wilderness. Follow signs for McNeil Point along the Pacific Crest and Timberline Trails heading north.

Though there are numerous camping opportunities along the way (most of the route follows the PCT), an old stone shelter greets backpackers at the Point itself, with stunning views of the sun setting over the Coast Range. Wildflowers bloom in July and August.

If you're looking to camp, a great spot is after crossing the outflow from Glisan Glacier. The water flow helps create a lush environment in the surrounding meadow.

Pack List

  • Daypack
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Hiking Boots
  • Camera
  • Backpacking Gear (optional)
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Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



10.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2200 Feet



Dog Friendly

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8 months ago

Beautiful, but crowded

I absolutely love this place. I visit it many times a year and hike on to the Sandy Glacier Ice Caves. The hike is beautiful and scenic but there are usually lots of people on the trail. I recommend this trail to everyone

8 months ago

over 1 year ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I've done!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Gorgeous views, fresh glacier water, and a cool stone hut built by the Mazama's ages ago.

over 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

Probably the best hike I've ever been on. The views from the top on a clear day are mind-blowing, and the constantly changing terrain never bores you. Worth the trip for sure.

almost 2 years ago

Added by Dan Moe

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