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Cairn Basin via Mazama Trail Hike

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Mt Hood from Cairn Basin (Tom Kloster)
Cairn Basin Shelter
  • Start point: Mazama TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Cairn Basin
  • Trail Log: Cairn Basin from Mazama Trail Hike/Log
  • Distance: 7.6 miles round-trip
  • Elevation gain: 2250 feet
  • High Point: 5,920 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Seasons: Summer and early Fall
  • Family Friendly: Yes, for older kids
  • Backpackable: Yes - follows the Timberline Trail
  • Crowded: Summer weekends



The Mazama Trail is another access to the Northwest side of Mount Hood including Cairn Basin. This used to be called the Cathedral Ridge Trail. The trail goes steeply up Cathedral Ridge until it ends at the Timberline Trail at about mile 3. Then, turn left on the Timberline Trail and proceed another 0.8 miles to Cairn Basin. An alternative would be to do the McNeil Point Loop - see McNeil Point Hike.


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