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Illumination Saddle Ski Tour

Mount Hood Wilderness

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • Illumination Saddle makes for a great campsite with views of Mount Jefferson and the city of Portland.- Illumination Saddle Ski Tour
  • Looking west from Illumination Saddle with the Reid Glacier below.- Illumination Saddle Ski Tour
  • Sunrise from Illumination Saddle.- Illumination Saddle Ski Tour
  • Nearby Crater Rock holds some aesthetic lines.- Illumination Saddle Ski Tour
  • Zig Zag Glacier provides low angle and wide open turns. - Illumination Saddle Ski Tour
  • - Illumination Saddle Ski Tour
  • The up-track is easy to find and provides an easy skin up to 8,300 feet.- Illumination Saddle Ski Tour
  • Sunrise on the up-track.- Illumination Saddle Ski Tour
  • The up-track is easy to find and provides an easy skin up to 8,300 feet.- Illumination Saddle Ski Tour
  • Illumination Rock and Zig Zag Glacier.- Illumination Saddle Ski Tour
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Good skiing. Safe terrain.
Cons: 
Often windy.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Max slope angle: 
15-30 degrees
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,000.00 ft (1,828.80 m)
Vertical descent: 
3,400.00 ft (1,036.32 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Ilumination Saddle on Mount Hood is a classic ski tour destination for backcountry skiers. It's safe enough to do solo, mellow enough for beginners, it and provides great views for everyone.

Start by taking the climbers trail to the looker's right of Timberline Ski Area and ascend to the top of Palmer. From there follow a heading of 354 degrees, cutting crossslope to ascend to Illumination Saddle, to the looker's right of Illumination Rock. 

Zig Zag Glacier offers some fantastic skiing. Venturing higher into the Hot Rocks area gives skiers better views and more thrills. On the return, be sure to cut back to the Palmer area before catching the fall line. 

 

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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