Portland: Park Ridge

No time to hike the whole PCT? This 7.4-mile section in Mt. Hood National Forest offers some of the best done-in-a-day views in the long path's northern half.
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No time to hike the whole PCT? This 7.4-mile section in Mt. Hood National Forest offers some of the best done-in-a-day views in the long path's northern half.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.0

Waypoints

PAR001

Location: 44.764720916748, -121.785697937012

Go SW on dirt path and turn L onto the PCT past mountain hemlocks; intermittent W views of Pyramid Butte's picturesque peak

PAR002

Location: 44.7601585388184, -121.792503356934

Go L @ Y. Optional side hike: Take 1.5-mile trip to Pyramid Butte

PAR003

Location: 44.7546615600586, -121.798301696777

Stay L @ Y

PAR004

Location: 44.7521286010742, -121.802200317383

Large cairn marks S route through unnamed saddle and into open, rock slopes

PAR005

Location: 44.7478523254394, -121.799880981445

Trail leads into quiet meadow dotted with bunches of bright pink shooting stars

PAR006

Location: 44.7422142028809, -121.797973632812

Continue straight

PAR007

Location: 44.7371101379394, -121.79940032959

Pass a large, wind-protected campsite and small pond on E side of trail (best camp for a few miles). Warning: Resident pikas are bold food gatherers

PAR008

Location: 44.735408782959, -121.800498962402

Stay R. Path climbs into a windy alpine zone where whitebark pines grow short and crooked around lava rock

PAR009

Location: 44.7288589477539, -121.802299499512

Park Ridge: Payoff is slideshow views of Mt. Jefferson ringed by clouds. Scan the snowy giant to find Jefferson Park, a large basin with a half-dozen shimmering ponds at the base of the 10,497-foot volcano.