A Return to McNeil Point on Mt. Hood – One of the Best Summer Hikes in the Pacific Northwest


Pacific Northwest hikers wait with great anticipation for a warm summer day to visit a beautiful alpine area. All the rainy day hikes through dense forest are immediately forgotten.

My favorite destination is the McNeil Point Shelter on Mt. Hood via Bald Mountain.

Wildflowers of almost every color decorate the open meadows drawing dancing butterflies to their petals.

Clouds move through from time to time, creating ever changing patterns on the glacier-covered summit of the mountain.

As I sat and rested near the shelter built from rocks, a raven and a Clark’s nutcracker kept me company.

Another grand day in the Pacific Northwest.

Sandy Glacier on Mt. Hood

Sandy Glacier on Mt. Hood

Explorer's Gentian (one of few true blue flowers known)

Explorer’s Gentian (one of few true blue flowers)

Pacific Wren

A friendly Wren

Claudius Parnisian Butterfly

Claudius Parnisian Butterfly

McNeil Point Shelter

McNeil Point Shelter

Clark's Nutcracker

Clark’s Nutcracker

Lewis Monkeyflower

Lewis Monkeyflower

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Old Men of the Mountain

Old Men of the Mountain

Final Ascent to McNeil Point

Final Ascent to McNeil Point

Fritillary Butterfly

Fritillary Butterfly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Amazing

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