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Muddy Fork

Top Spur Trailhead to the Sandy Glacier

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • The starting point for a hike to the Muddy Fork.- Muddy Fork
  • The trail proceeds through a dense forest of Douglas fir and hemlock.- Muddy Fork
  • Timbeline Trail No. 600 intersects the venerable Pacific Crest Trail.- Muddy Fork
  • Follow Timberline Trail No. 600 to Muddy Fork.- Muddy Fork
  • Watch the ridge and you might see this sword in the stone.- Muddy Fork
  • View up the Muddy Fork riverbed with Mount Hood (11,249') in the distance.- Muddy Fork
  • A refreshing drink from the Muddy Fork (not recommended without a filter).- Muddy Fork
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Muddy Fork
  • View to waterfalls from the Sandy Glacier.- Muddy Fork
  • It is difficult to see, but a bear cub is in the center tree.- Muddy Fork
  • A better shot of the bear cub in a tree, viewed from the Muddy Fork.- Muddy Fork
  • Snowmelt from the Sandy Glacier feeding the Muddy Fork.- Muddy Fork
  • View to Mount Hood (11,249') from the Muddy Fork.- Muddy Fork
  • Penstamon.- Muddy Fork
  • Larkspur.- Muddy Fork
  • Columbine.- Muddy Fork
  • Mount Hood (11,249') from the Muddy Fork.- Muddy Fork
  • Snowmelt pouring off of Sandy Glacier.- Muddy Fork
  • Abundant wildflowers on the Muddy Fork hike.- Muddy Fork
  • The trail narrows in sections.- Muddy Fork
  • Mount Hood (11,249') on the Muddy Fork hike.- Muddy Fork
  • Mount Hood (11,249') on the Muddy Fork hike.- Muddy Fork
  • A stream crossing on the Muddy Fork hike.- Muddy Fork
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Muddy Fork
  • Surveying the Muddy Fork trail.- Muddy Fork
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Dramatic views. Waterfalls. Wildlife.
Cons: 
Not family friendly due to cliffs and rocky terrain.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,000.00 ft (304.80 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.40 mi (8.69 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,900.00 ft (1,188.72 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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A volcanic peak, a sword in the stone, and bears; rivers, waterfalls, and glaciers. You can find a little of everything along this dramatic hike on the west side of Mount Hood. 

To reach the Muddy Fork from the Top Spur Trailhead, follow the trail to a point where multiple trails will merge. The junction includes the Pacific Crest Trail, Top Spur Trail, and the Timberline Trail No. 600 Muddy Fork. Luckily this trail is aptly named, so take the Timberline Trail No. 600 and you will head right for the Muddy Fork. You can be certain you're at the Muddy Fork by looking directly up the riverbed toward Mount Hood, where you will see three waterfalls coming off of the Sandy Glacier to feed the Muddy Fork.

This scenic hike can be done as a there-and-back trip, or it can be combined with additional trails to be included as a loop that will also lead to Ramona Falls (see map). Either option is an exceptional trip, as you'll travel through dense forest and traverse along flower-covered mountainside trails followed by rocky riverbeds, all while enjoying dramatic views of Mount Hood. 

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