A Family Hike into the Mt. Hood Wilderness

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Zigzag Canyon Overlook

During a mid-July visit from my nephew Jason and his lovely wife Ellen, we decided to showcase the area with a trip to Mt. Hood.

The trailhead was at the magnificent Timberline Lodge at 5,900 feet. After admiring the Lodge, we hiked to the Pacific Crest Trail, a short distance above the Lodge.

Nephew Jason on the PCT

Circling the mountain to the northwest, we enjoyed the crystal clear vistas seemingly extending forever – – – from Mt. Jefferson to the wheat lands of Central Oregon, and the spectacular summit views of Mt. Hood.

We crossed the Little Zigzag Canyon along the way, admiring the alpine wildflowers. After reaching the overlook of Big Zigzag Canyon, we took a break and enjoyed the surroundings. The entire stretch of Mississippi Head, a large basalt rock formation, towered over the Canyon.

What a great way to spend a summer day.

Your Humble Scribe on the PCT

Nephew Jason, wife Ellen and My Favorite Model below the summit of Mt. Hood

Front and back of Timberline Lodge

Harsh Paintbrush, Sitka Valerian and Spreading Phlox

Nephew Jason and wife Ellen

Alpine garden (Lupine and Buckwheat)

A hazy Mt. Jefferson and Trillium Lake to the south (a sharp eye can pick out Olallie Butte and a touch of Timothy Lake too)


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1 comment

  1. Thanks for sharing these happy family photos and gorgeous views in the PNW, John. Wonderful to see the alpine flowers and the summertime view of Mt. Hood.

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