McNeil Point Rock Shelter: A Magic Hike in the Mt. Hood Wilderness

One of my favorite alpine outings is to the McNeil Point Shelter in the Mt. Hood Wilderness.

On the last Saturday of August I made my 26th trek to the Point on a hot, humid and very hazy day. The haze was due to large wildfires to the south.

After leaving Bald Mountain the trail began a 2 1/2 mile climb up a ridgecrest. There were several spots providing hazy views of the summit of Mt. Hood, the Muddy Fork Valley and Yocum Ridge.

After reaching several tarns, only one with any water, underneath 6,100-foot McNeil Point, I took a break and enjoyed the butterflies and scores of little frogs.

The next 1 1/2 miles, mostly on a rough climbers’ trail, gained 800 feet before reaching the shelter on McNeil Point. On the way I was treated to pretty wildflowers and evidence that black bears had been eating lots of ripe huckleberries.

Another grand day in the Pacific Northwest.

The sun trying to burn its way through the thick haze from wildfires

Avalanche Lily

McNeil Point Shelter

Sitka Mountain Ash

A hazy summit of Mt. Hood behind a tarn below McNeil Point

Bumble Bee enjoying an Explorer’s Gentian

Trail leading around Bald Mountain

Old Man of the Mountain

Tiny Cascade Frog dwarfed by a dog track

Monkey Flower

A hazy Mt. Hood rising above an alpine meadow









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  1. So very glorious. Thank you John.

  2. A gorgeous collection of photos, John. The shot of the sun is a beauty. And avalanche lilies still blooming? I thought those would be gone by now. Aren’t you lucky to find some. That Cascade frog is indeed small — or it was a mighty big dog that walked by!

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