May 25, 2016
Timberline Historic Trail in the Mt Hood National Forest
By: Mary Pellegrini
Timberline Historic Trail is a National Historical Trail and is listed on the National Historical register. Timberline Trail was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the great depression. It was part of the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt work relief program.
Just over 40 miles long, the trail circumvents Mt Hood and takes an avid hiker about 4-5 days to complete. In 2006 a couple of sections were washed out which has made the whole hike, at times, impassable. Trail re-construction is expected to begin this summer, with the projected completion coming sometime in 2017. There are still quite a few sections of the trail available for day hikes with access just minutes from the Old Parkdale Inn. These access trails range from 2.5 to 5 miles up to the Timberline Trail and provide views of Mt Hood, the amazing Cascade Giants, Pinnacle Ridge, the Hood River Valley and Eastern Oregon. You can drive the Cloud Cap Road, usually after July 1st, to the 6000′ elevation and begin hiking from there.
The access trails are open now, some with a wee bit of snow, but as the snow line begins to recede you’ll be treated to stunning views and abundant wildflowers on the way up and through the mountain meadows well into fall.