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Barrett Spur Viewpoint

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This page is marked as Off trail. The route or sections of the route may be dangerous and hard to follow and is not recommended for beginning hikers without an experienced leader. Beginning hikers should check out our Basic Hiking Information page.
The trail to Barrett Spur starts from the far side (Southwest) of Dollar Lake. (Jerry Adams)
From the 7300' high point just below Barrett Spur you get great views to the North, including Mount Rainier and Mount Adams. (Jerry Adams)
From the high point at 7300', there is a last steep section that some people would rather avoid. (Jerry Adams)


Barrett Spur is the imposing mass that you can see from Portland off the north side of Mount Hood. Barrett Spur dominates the view from Dollar Lake and Elk Cove. The feature was formed in the Pleistocene era, when large lava flows collected in a basin previously formed by glacial erosion (Stephen L. Harris: Fire Mountains of the West). The top of Barrett Spur is a crumbling mass of rotten rock that's a pretty difficult scramble with a heavy pack. Most people will stop here, at a plateau about 7800' in elevation. From here, you get great views to the north and west, as well as great views of Mount Hood and the Coe and Ladd Glaciers.

The weather this high up is always problematic. Be prepared with warm clothes, as the wind can be vicious, even if it's fairly calm lower down.

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