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Gnarl Ridge

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The View from Gnarl Ridge (Tom Kloster)
Ancient Whitebark Pine on Gnarl Ridge (Tom Kloster)
Remains of Gnarl Ridge Shelter (Tom Kloster)


Gnarl Ridge forms the northern rim of Newton Creek Canyon, and provides a spectacular view of the east face of Mount Hood. Broad Newton Clark glacier is draped across the east side of the mountain, and has many outlets that form dozens of waterfalls during the summer runoff. Gnarl Ridge is named for the twisted, ancient whitebark pines that survive the elements here.

The Timberline Trail goes along the upper crest of Gnarl Ridge. Before the trail gets to the ridge top, there is the remains of a shelter and an area for a number of campsites, but no drinking water.

Just above the shelter where the trail reaches Gnarl Ridge, you can walk back (southeast) off trail to a high point of the ridge, Lamberson Butte.

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