Although this 4,378-foot peak is within an hour’s drive of Portland, it sees little foot traffic, which means you’ll get five-star views of Mt. Hood all to yourself. Starting just south of Mt. Hood Village, the 11.4-mile out-and-back follows the fern-lined (and sometimes faint) Bonanza Trail along Cheeney Creek’s riffling cascades, then climbs 2,800 feet in 3.5 miles to the ridgetop. Push past the wooded summit at mile 5.3 to reach a broad saddle less than half a mile later overlooking Mt. Hood.
-Mapped by Claudio Berstein
- Distance: 18.3
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Note: You can't park by the trailhead. Hikers can park in a widened area of the road by the bridge, or find a spot on the shoulder of Welches Road.
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Bonanza trailhead: A small wooden sign marks the Bonanza Trail. Follow it south.
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The trail swings to the right, heading south along Cheeney Creek, a small tributary of the Salmon River. Ahead: The creek divides and flows around several car-size boulders, creating small riffles and tiny waterfalls. You can see most of this through the trees, but there are a couple of places where the trail opens up for better views.
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Cross a creek that flows into Cheeney Creek 200 feet to the east. Next, continue south for a gentle climb along Cheeney Creek.
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Watch as the creek pours around mossy boulders.
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Cross another creek. From here, the trail begins a switchback climb to the Huckleberry ridgeline. Caution: The trail ahead receives little maintenance and is very faint in places; route-finding skills are essential.
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First switchback: The trail veers right, heading north.
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Turn left at the second switchback.
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As you approach a small tributary to Cheeney Creek, look for the Bonanza Mine (a mine shaft that resembles a dark black spot). Note: You don’t have to leave the trail to see it; it's just off the trail.
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The trail switchbacks up the ridgeline, passing sporadic (and limited) views of the creek valley bellow.
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Crest the ridgetop, and turn left (west).
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Turn right (north) at the T-junction onto the Huckleberry Mountain ridgeline.
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The views from Huckleberry's 4,378-foot summit are completely blocked by trees. For five-star views of Mt. Hood, continue north along the ridge.
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This saddle, bordered by rocky outcrops, reveals picture-perfect views of Mt. Hood to the east.
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Turn around at the 4,300-foot highpoint; retrace your route to the trailhead.
Views of Mt. Hood
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Second Creek Crossing
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