Synopses & Reviews
Portland's favorite guidebook has gotten even better, with a dozen new or dramatically changed hiking trails in the Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, and Columbia Gorge areas. Includes 24 hikes in SW Washington. Now with mountain bike and horse trails, too.
Hike #67: Mazama Trail
The Mazamas, Portland's first outdoor club, held its inaugural meeting on top of Mt. Hood in 1893, when 155 men and 38 women trekked to the snowy summit to elect the club's first president. A century later the club decided to give something back to its baptismal peak by restoring an abandoned trail on the mountain's beautiful, less-visited north flank.
The newly completed Mazama Trail may not be the quickest route to Mt. Hood's alpine glories both Hikes #66 and #68 describe nearby routes with 1000 feet less elevation gain but as the Mazamas proved with their 1893 meeting on Mt. Hood's summit, easier is not always better. From Portland, drive Highway 26 toward Mt. Hood...
Out of print; replaced by 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington, Third Edition in April 2006