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Max slope angle
30-45 degrees
Primary aspect
East facing
Vertical descent
750.00 ft (228.60 m)
Distance
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
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The Newton Clark Moraine, commonly known as the Ridge Between by backcountry skiers, is a massive medial moraine running between Clark and Newton Creeks, just to the east of Mount Hood Meadows ski area. This almost 3-mile-long gravely ridge offers beautiful open slopes and grand vistas, and it is easily accessible from the Hood River Meadows  parking lot/snowpark.

The first half-mile follows a wide, gentle road. Where the road ends the trail crosses Newton Creek via a fairly narrow log, which is possibly the most dangerous part of the whole approach. After crossing Newton Creek, the trail follows the creek for a short distance before climbing steeply to the crest of the ridge. Follow the ridge crest until the trees thin out at around 5,900 feet. From here there are stellar views of Mount Hood, Gnarl Ridge, and Bennett Pass to the south. The route continues up for approximately another 1.5 miles, offering skiable slopes to both sides. One bonus of this area is that it offers both open slopes and more protected, treed slopes. As always, remember to check avalanche conditions and to practice safe avalanche awareness at all times. 

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

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

Pros

Close to town. Easy to find. Good terrain. Great views.

Cons

Sketchy creek crossing near the beginning of the approach.

Trailhead Elevation

4,540.00 ft (1,383.79 m)

Address

Elk Meadows trailhead
Mt Hood, OR 97041
United States

Typically multi-day

No

Shuttle required

No

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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

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