Timberline Trail conditions in early July

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Timberline Trail conditions in early July

Post by Zkerrissey » May 30th, 2019, 6:31 pm

A buddy and I are hoping to complete the Timberline trail loop this summer and the dates we have are July 8-11, 2019. We plan on taking it slow and finishing in 3-4 days, as we are relatively beginners. I’m concerned that snow will make the dates we have available not work. I would absolutely welcome any insight from folks who have done this trail in early July. How has this year been in terms of snowfall? Relatively heavy? Light? Also welcome to any general tips for the trip as well! Thanks!

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Re: Timberline Trail conditions in early July

Post by OregonSurveyor » May 30th, 2019, 9:26 pm

We’ve had a slightly below average snow year (per two SnowTel stations on Mt Hood). July 8th is about as early as I would start, but it should work. You’ll probably see a few snow patches when above 5800’, and the highest section on the east side usually holds snow into August, but it lasts less than a mile.
Stream crossings can be your other issue; the Sandy, Coe, Elliot and White Rivers require care. Trekking poles and light trail runners or crocs can be handy. Google safe stream crossings if this is new to you. (Face upstream, undo waist and chest belts, and move only one point of contact at a time). Everyone always says, “Cross early in the day”. Easier said then done when you have a schedule to keep. But if you have a perilous crossing, wait until daybreak or reverse and bailout.
Wonderful flowers, beautiful streams and adventure awaits!
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Re: Timberline Trail conditions in early July

Post by retired jerry » May 31st, 2019, 5:11 am

August 8 would be better. Or early September.

Early July - make sure you have good bug protection - long sleeves and pants, headnet, DEET.

There should be a trip report here by then so you should get some useful info.

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