Max slope angle
15-30 Degrees
Vertical descent
3,400.00 ft (1,036.32 m)
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
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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. 


Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)


Great views. Good skiing. Safe terrain.


Often windy.

Trailhead Elevation

6,000.00 ft (1,828.80 m)


Nearby Lodging + Camping

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon


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