Summary: Beginning of hike is through a beautiful forest setting and is quite relaxing. In some areas you are walking through close-in brush. At higher elevations you are above the treeline and it is quite steep/strenuous. Lunch stop at old rock shelter (McNeil Point) where one can see Mt. Ranier and Mt. Adams on a clear day. Quite worth it.
Trailhead: Hwy 26 to Zigzag Ranger Station. Turn Norh on Truman Road for approx 4.25 miles to split at Lolo Pass/Muddy Fork Rds. Take right fork (Muddy Fork Rd) approx 1 mile (just before Fred McNeil Campground - get there and gone to far) and bear left - Road 1828. Continue 2 mile to another fork and bear right. Another 3.7 miles to 2 way fork - take right. Another 1.5 miles to trail head at Top Spur Trail.
After left on Road 1828 - follow signs for "Top Spur Trail No. 785" (Lat:45.2444 Lon:-121.4713)
Trail Guides for McNeil Point:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Zigzag Ranger Station (503) 622-3191 or Mt. Hood Info Center (503) 622-4822
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jimm Burton, who has posted 2 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Abe on 8/18/2008
You can find directions for the hike with pictures at http://abeolson.com/home/mcneil-point-hike-directions/.
Reviewed by LJC on 8/12/2007
An awesome, but strenuous hike, as always. Was up it yesterday. A cloud formed over the summit, then dissipated. Shelter site had no wind - could lie with shirt off, soaking up the sun, was very nice. Flies there on the trail, but not as bad as in past years. Huckleberries not out yet. Lots of corn lillies, beargrass, spruce and fir, a few bracken ferns, and an odd pink and white fungi like creature, called Pine Sap according to a friend. A deer was near the trail at one point. Lots of wildflowers still out, both in meadows and along trail - Indian Paintbrush, Lupen, Trillium, Lousewort, Valerian, Blue Gentian, Rosy Spirea, Asters, and pink and white candy-like Heather up high. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Reviewed by Phillip on 11/7/2006
Hey Jeff L, see my posts below.....couple guys and I ONLY do the point in the winter. As a matter of fact, we are going November 18th and 19th. Two weeks buddy!!!!! email@example.com
Reviewed by Jeff L on 11/6/2006
One of my all-time favorite hikes, this trek has it all and delivers more scenery for the effort expended than any other hike I know. I did it in late September and it was fantastic, although the wildflowers are gone by then. I;m thinking of trying it in winter - has anybody done it?
Reviewed by Abe on 10/2/2006
Third time doing this hike, and I'd like to correct the driving directions. The statement "another 3.7 miles to 3 way fork" is incorrect. It's just a 2-way fork, and you should take the right (gravel) road. The road does widen with gravel on your right just before the split, but there are not three roads. Most recent hike was on 10-1-06, and it was a perfectly clear and cooler day. Ideal for hiking. Not the wildflowers I've seen in June and July, but still gorgeous. Go now before the rain and snow hit!
Reviewed by Jeff H. on 8/8/2006
Actually, not as taxing as I expected. Great views of Mt. Hood and the surrounding valleys. One of the best displays of wildflowers I've seen in awhile. Was a little surprised by the number of people on the trail. Would do this one again midweek.
Reviewed by Phillip T on 6/24/2006
Going for all nighter starting at 6:30pm or so from welches. Should get to the trailhead by 7pm. Hike with torches until tired or lost. Three of us so far. Come join in the adventure! Tonight, June 24th!
Reviewed by Will Taylor on 3/26/2006
Great dayhike, also an easy overnight, camping just before or above the meltponds. One of my favorite wildflower hikes on the mountain, with great diversity & change from week to week. Don't miss the Bald Mountain option at the first 4-way trail junction; great views early on. The detour back to the main trail is easy to find (near the stock gate) from this direction, tho hard to find on the return, so I usually do the return on the main trail.
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