Portland: Hawk Mountain

For a mere 4.6-mile investment, you get a protected summit in Mt. Hood National Forest, and a rustic cabin serves as a relaxing base camp.
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For a mere 4.6-mile investment, you get a protected summit in Mt. Hood National Forest, and a rustic cabin serves as a relaxing base camp.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.7

Waypoints

Hawk Summit

Location: 44.8567848205566, -121.94506072998

The simple, but cozy lookout cabin on Hawk Mtn. welcomes hikers for an afternoon or evening
© Jim Scott

Pine lined trail

Location: 44.8518218994141, -121.947456359863

A fragrant pine forest blankets most of the route
© Jim Scott

Mt. Jefferson

Location: 44.8424339294434, -121.943649291992

Mt. Jefferson sitting peacefully on the south horizon
© Jim Scott

Trailhead Sign

Location: 44.8405265808106, -121.94701385498

Trailhead
© Jim Scott

HWK001

Location: 44.8407096862793, -121.947196960449

Head E on Rhododendron Ridge Trail #564 through former clearcut that's now sprouting young evergreen

HWK002

Location: 44.8426399230957, -121.943801879883

Begin gradual switchbacks; soon, S views frame the mighty flanks of Mt. Jefferson

HWK003

Location: 44.8459701538086, -121.945999145508

Enter recent clearcut; young pine and fir are the first to emerge

HWK004

Location: 44.8466110229492, -121.946998596191

Go straight; mature mixed forest casts deep shadows over trail

HWK005

Location: 44.8476905822754, -121.946899414062

Trail summits ridgeline before gradually descending through understory of huckleberry bushes

HWK006

Location: 44.8519401550293, -121.94709777832

Old Twin Meadows Trail (not maintained) joins on R; continue straight

HWK007

Location: 44.8556289672852, -121.949501037598

Listen for piped spring on R; refill water from delicious spray

HWK008

Location: 44.8575286865234, -121.950401306152

Trail skirts R side of Round Meadow, a route traveled by local elk

HWK009

Location: 44.8587417602539, -121.950798034668

Turn R @ unmarked junction on Hawk Mtn. Trail #564A, which climbs steeply to summit

HWK010

Location: 44.8584594726562, -121.946899414062

Go R as trail gains to ridgeline; to N, the distant glint of Mt. Hood

HWK011

Location: 44.8569183349609, -121.944801330566

Hawk Mtn. summit (5,777 ft.); find welcoming 1-room cabin overlooking Mt. Jefferson (built in '30s for fire lookout person) open to hikers on first-come basis