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Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis).- Hunchback Mountain
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  • Ground cover of western trillium (Trillium ovatum) and Oregon oxalis (Oxalis oregana).- Hunchback Mountain
  • Vanilla leaf (Achly triphylla) early out of the ground.- Hunchback Mountain
  • Western trillium (Trillium ovatum).- Hunchback Mountain
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  • Pacific rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum).- Hunchback Mountain
  • Bear grass (Xerophyllum tenax).- Hunchback Mountain
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  • View south from the Rimrock Viewpoint.- Hunchback Mountain
  • View looking northeast of Mount Hood (11,250') from the Rockpile Viewpoint.- Hunchback Mountain
  • View looking northeast of Mount Hood (11,250') from the Rockpile Viewpoint.- Hunchback Mountain
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  • View south of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness from the Great Pyramid viewpoint.- Hunchback Mountain
  • Break at the Great Pyramid.- Hunchback Mountain
  • View south of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness from the Great Pyramid viewpoint.- Hunchback Mountain
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  • Coastal reindeer (Cladina portentosa).- Hunchback Mountain
  • Broom moss (Dicranum scoparium).- Hunchback Mountain
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Incredible views of neighboring Mount Hood. Old-growth forest.
Cons: 
Beginning of the trail is very steep.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,600.00 ft (792.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
9.00 mi (14.48 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,490.00 ft (454.15 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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With easy access from the small town of Zigzag, Hunchback Mountain is a great hike with spectacular views.  The climbing begins immediately after leaving the parking lot, so be sure to stretch before you get started.  The hike passes through enchanting wildflowers, including yellow evergreen violets, western trillium and beds of Oregon oxalis before climbing steeply through continuous switchbacks for the first 2 miles. 

The hike leads to three prominent viewpoints along the mountain’s ridge.  Perched atop exposed rimrock, the first viewpoint has expansive views to the south overlooking the Salmon River valley below and much of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.  Travel only a little further and you’ll make your way to the second viewpoint, or “Rockpile,” which offers dramatic views to the north, including the first full view of Mount Hood.  Without dismissing the entirety of the hike, there is no shame in making the Rockpile your end destination if you’re just looking for a quick adventure.  If you want some good exercise, however, continue another 2.1 miles along the ridge and past numerous rhododendrons to the third viewpoint, known as the Great Pyramid.  Here a rock outcropping juts out to the south and gives a more dramatic, panoramic view of the Salmon-Huckleberry wilderness.  The Salmon River runs below, Salmon Butte stands to the south, and Mount St. Helens peaks out in the northwest.

 

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