The Pacific Northwest is famous for its rocky peaks, bright mineral lakes, and national parks, and with hiking season upon us, the states that make up Cascadia will soon be buzzing with backpackers. This year, a beloved Oregon hiking trail will be rejoining the ranks after spending an entire decade under repair.
The Timberline Trail is an easily-accessible backpacking route that wraps around Mount Hood, just outside of Portland, running at 38.4 miles long and reaching 8,000 feet high at its peak. After suffering a debris wash-out in 2006, the disrupted section of the path was repaired last September, making this spring season the first time in a decade that adventurers can once again take on the entire trail uninterrupted.
Taking an average of four days and three nights to traverse, the challenging hike is labeled as 'difficult' and requires preparation and experience – but the beauty of the classic Oregon route is definitely worth the sweat. Providing views of the Cascade volcanoes (including Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, and the Three Sisters), the stunning and renowned trail also provides views of the western Coast Range, Portland city, the Williamette River, the Columbia River, and the eastern desert.
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