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Difference between revisions of "Pacific Crest-Timberline-Top Spur Trail Junction"

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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=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=Top Spur Trailhead|hike=McNeil Point Hike|log=McNeil Point 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=Timberline-Bald Mountain Trail Junction}}
**{{Hike ring|trailhead=Top Spur Trailhead|hike=Muddy Fork Hike|log=Muddy Fork Hike/Log|previous=Muddy Fork Crossing on Pacific Crest Trail|next=Timberline-Bald Mountain Trail Junction}}
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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}}
**{{Hike ring|trailhead=Ramona Falls Trailhead|hike=Muddy Fork Loop Hike|log=Muddy Fork Loop Hike/Log|previous=Top Spur Trailhead|next=Timberline-Bald Mountain Trail Junction}}
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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}}
 
**{{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}}
 
**{{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}}
  
{{Maplinkinfo|latitude=45.40535|longitude=-121.77836}}
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{{Maplinkinfo|latitude=45.4056|longitude=-121.7788}}
{{Elevation|4330 feet}}
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* Elevation: 4330 feet
  
 
=== Description ===
 
=== 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 situations 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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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 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]].  

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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