McNeil Point - 7/21

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McNeil Point - 7/21

Post by awildman » July 22nd, 2010, 7:45 am

In an effort to keep my trail legs while I'm back in Portland, Bill, Oscar and I headed up to Mt. Hood to hike McNeil Point. After a week of dour woods and hungry mosquitoes, this hike was just heaven. We hiked via Bald Mountain from the Top Spur TH, climbed the west face of McNeil Point on the climber trail, and came down on the McNeil Point Trail. The flowers are going gangbusters on the south face of Bald Mountain and are generally good in the whole area.

Tons of wildflowers, great views up and down, and perfect weather. Plus, we found a pair of soggy tighty whities on the Timberline Trail. How great is that?!

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Bill and Mt. Hood

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wildflowers on McNeil Point

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always time for a nap

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McNeil Point ridgeline

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McNeil Point trail

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someone lost their panties

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lots of avalanche lilies in the forest

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trying to stay cool

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Classic view of Hood from the ridge approach
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Re: McNeil Point - 7/21

Post by retired jerry » July 22nd, 2010, 7:59 am

Nice to see the snow melting off.

I bet the McNeil Point trail was difficult at places.

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Re: McNeil Point - 7/21

Post by adamschneider » July 22nd, 2010, 8:17 am

I might head up there tomorrow... I've always gone DOWN the scramble trail, not up, but maybe I'll reverse it for a change of pace.

Last year I waited until August, and by that time Bald Mountain had been completely fried by the sun. The heather up top was mostly cooked too.

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Re: McNeil Point - 7/21

Post by tomoforegon » July 22nd, 2010, 8:59 am

They look like Calvin Klein's...but not my size. :P

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Re: McNeil Point - 7/21

Post by awildman » July 22nd, 2010, 9:04 am

adamschneider wrote:I might head up there tomorrow... I've always gone DOWN the scramble trail, not up, but maybe I'll reverse it for a change of pace.

Last year I waited until August, and by that time Bald Mountain had been completely fried by the sun. The heather up top was mostly cooked too.
You should go. Bald Mountain is just lovely right now and there are pockets of heather, lupine, indian paintbrush, and other flowers whose names I don't know all up and down the ridge. Flowers are so difficult to photograph well, especially when there are full hillsides of them.
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Re: McNeil Point - 7/21

Post by awildman » July 22nd, 2010, 9:05 am

tomoforegon wrote:They look like Calvin Klein's...but not my size. :P
And aren't yours maroon? ;)
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Re: McNeil Point - 7/21

Post by awildman » July 22nd, 2010, 9:10 am

retired jerry wrote:I bet the McNeil Point trail was difficult at places.
Not if you're confident on snow and are not super sensitive to "exposure." There are some really well-defined boot tracks across the snowfields that are easy to walk on, particularly if you use hiking poles. The traverses look worse than they actually are, IMHO, but everyone has their own comfort level.
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Re: McNeil Point - 7/21

Post by adamschneider » July 23rd, 2010, 4:25 pm

I was up there today. Lots of snow, but easy to follow the trail.

I also bushwhacked over to Cairn Basin; LOTS of snow there, not so easy to follow the trail...

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Re: McNeil Point - 7/21

Post by HikerFam » July 24th, 2010, 9:01 am

This one has been a big one on my list, gonna try and hit it up in a few weeks :)

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Re: McNeil Point - 7/21

Post by jeffstatt » July 24th, 2010, 7:08 pm

awildman wrote:
tomoforegon wrote:They look like Calvin Klein's...but not my size. :P
And aren't yours maroon? ;)
Man I was wondering what happened to those?!! A night that started in a Tux at Timberline, I woke up in the morning in nothing but a Kimono and flip flops at the base of Ramona Falls. Did you happen to find a bow tie?

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