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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RT Distance 10.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 2200 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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EPIC

Hands down best day hike I have ever done. Hike the extra mile beyond the mc Neil shelter to the black rock. Hiked July 1st, lots of snow but was able to find trail easily/navigate with basic hiking shoes.

over 2 years 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

about 3 years ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I've done!


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