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[[Category:Northwest Oregon]]
 
[[Category:Mount Hood Area]]
 
[[Category:Mount Hood Area]]
 
[[Category:Trail Junctions]]
 
[[Category:Trail Junctions]]
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[[Image:Sample.JPG|thumb|400px|Describe destination image here]]
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[[Image:PCT-Timberline-TopSpur1.JPG|thumb|400px|The sign at this trail junction. The Timberline Trail heads east to the left ''(Steve Hart)'']]
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[[Image:PCT-Timberline-TopSpur2.JPG|thumb|250px|Looking southwestward. The Timberline Trail is on the left and the Pacific Crest Trail is one the right. ''(Steve Hart)'']]
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[[Image:PCT-Timberline-TopSpur3.JPG|thumb|250px|The Top Spur Trail junction is about 100 feet north ''(Steve Hart)'']]
  
 
* Hikes including this location:
 
* Hikes including this location:
**{{Hike ring|trailhead=Top Spur Trailhead|hike=Bald Mountain and Muddy Fork Hike|log=Bald Mountain Muddy Fork Hike/Log|previous=Top Spur Trailhead|next=Muddy Fork Crossing on Timberline Trail}}
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**{{Hike ring|trailhead=Lolo Pass Trailhead|hike=Bald Mountain from Lolo Pass Hike|log=Bald Mountain from Lolo Pass Hike/Log|previous=Lolo Pass Trailhead|next=Timberline-Bald Mountain Trail Junction}}
**{{Hike ring|trailhead=Top Spur Trailhead|hike=Cairn Basin from Top Spur Hike|log=Cairn Basin from Top Spur Hike/Log|previous=Top Spur Trailhead|next=McNeil Lower Viewpoint}}
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**{{Hike ring|trailhead=Top Spur Trailhead|hike=Bald Mountain from Top Spur Hike|log=Bald Mountain from Top Spur Hike/Log|previous=Top Spur Trailhead|next=Timberline-Bald Mountain Trail Junction}}
**{{Hike ring|trailhead=Top Spur Trailhead|hike=McNeil Point Hike|log=McNeil Point Hike/Log|previous=Top Spur Trailhead|next=McNeil Lower Viewpoint}}
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**{{Hike ring|trailhead=Top Spur Trailhead|hike=Cairn Basin from Top Spur Hike|log=Cairn Basin from Top Spur Hike/Log|previous=Top Spur Trailhead|next=Timberline-Bald Mountain Cutoff North Trail Junction}}
**{{Hike ring|trailhead=Timberline Lodge Trailhead|hike=Timberline Trail around Mount Hood Hike|log=Timberline Trail around Mount Hood Hike/Log|previous=Muddy Fork Crossing on Timberline Trail|next=McNeil Lower Viewpoint}}
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**{{Hike ring|trailhead=Top Spur Trailhead|hike=McNeil Point Hike|log=McNeil Point Hike/Log|previous=Top Spur Trailhead|next=Timberline-Bald Mountain Trail Junction}}
{{Maplinkinfo|latitude=45.40610|longitude=-121.77903}}
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**{{Hike ring|trailhead=Top Spur Trailhead|hike=Muddy Fork Hike|log=Muddy Fork Hike/Log|previous=Top Spur Trailhead|next=Timberline-Bald Mountain Trail Junction}}
{{Elevation|4300 feet}}
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**{{Hike ring|trailhead=Ramona Falls Trailhead|hike=Muddy Fork Loop Hike|log=Muddy Fork Loop Hike/Log|previous=Muddy Fork Crossing on Pacific Crest Trail|next=Timberline-Bald Mountain Trail Junction}}
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**{{Hike ring|trailhead=Timberline Lodge Trailhead|hike=Timberline Trail around Mount Hood Hike|log=Timberline Trail around Mount Hood Hike/Log|previous=Muddy Fork Crossing on Pacific Crest Trail|next=Timberline-Bald Mountain Cutoff North Trail Junction}}
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{{Maplinkinfo|latitude=45.4056|longitude=-121.7788}}
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* Elevation: 4330 feet
  
 
=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
This is a fairly confusing set of trail junctions. The Timberline Trail has made a long diversion west to circle around Bald Mountain. This is the spot where it meets the Pacific Crest Trail. From here you can take the Crest Trail north toward [[Lolo Pass Trailhead|Lolo Pass]] or south to the [[Sandy River Crossing on Timberline Trail|Sandy River]]. The Timberline Trail leads northeast around the north side of [[Mount Hood]] or south to [[Paradise Park]].
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This is a fairly confusing confluence of trails, affectionately known as "Confusion Junction". New signs were added in 2010, but still lack basic mileage and directional information so only help the situation to a degree. At this junction, the Timberline Trail (#600) meets the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000). From this junction, the Timberline Trail (#600) northbound is signed as "Cairn Basin" and southbound is signed as "Muddy Fork". The Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) northbound is signed "Lolo Pass" and southbound is signed "Timberline Lodge". Old maps show a Bald Mountain Shelter at this junction, and the open log structure was once located in the flat clearing northeast of the junction (usually occupied by confused hikers, studying maps and field guides).
 
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Just north of here on the Crest Trail is the junction with the Top Spur Trail #784A. This half mile trail leads down the ridge to the [[Top Spur Trailhead]]. Old maps show a Bald Mountain Shelter near here.
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Just a few yards north of here on the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) is the junction with the Top Spur Trail #784A, leading a half-mile west to the popular [[Top Spur Trailhead]].
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=== Guidebooks that cover this destination ===
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Just a few hundred feet south of here on the Timberline Trail (#600) is the unmarked junction with the old lookout spur to [[Timberline-Bald Mountain Trail Junction|Bald Mountain]].
* ''Day Hike! Columbia Gorge'', by Seabury Blair, Jr.
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* ''Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver'', by Douglas Lorain
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* ''35 Hiking Trails, Columbia River Gorge'', by Don & Roberta Lowe
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* ''Columbia River Gorge, 42 Scenic Hikes'', by Don & Roberta Lowe
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* ''Hiking the Columbia River Gorge'' - 1st and 2nd Editions, by Russ Schneider
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* ''100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon'' - 3rd Edition, by William L Sullivan
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=== More Links ===
 
  
 
=== Contributors ===
 
=== Contributors ===
 
* [[User:Stevefromdodge|Stevefromdodge]] (creator)
 
* [[User:Stevefromdodge|Stevefromdodge]] (creator)
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* [[User:Splintercat|Splintercat]]

Latest revision as of 17:21, 27 March 2020

The sign at this trail junction. The Timberline Trail heads east to the left (Steve Hart)
Looking southwestward. The Timberline Trail is on the left and the Pacific Crest Trail is one the right. (Steve Hart)
The Top Spur Trail junction is about 100 feet north (Steve Hart)

Description

This is a fairly confusing confluence of trails, affectionately known as "Confusion Junction". New signs were added in 2010, but still lack basic mileage and directional information so only help the situation to a degree. At this junction, the Timberline Trail (#600) meets the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000). From this junction, the Timberline Trail (#600) northbound is signed as "Cairn Basin" and southbound is signed as "Muddy Fork". The Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) northbound is signed "Lolo Pass" and southbound is signed "Timberline Lodge". Old maps show a Bald Mountain Shelter at this junction, and the open log structure was once located in the flat clearing northeast of the junction (usually occupied by confused hikers, studying maps and field guides).

Just a few yards north of here on the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) is the junction with the Top Spur Trail #784A, leading a half-mile west to the popular Top Spur Trailhead.

Just a few hundred feet south of here on the Timberline Trail (#600) is the unmarked junction with the old lookout spur to Bald Mountain.


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