The Timberline Trail hike to Cairns basin

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This was on the route to Cairns Basin

The hike started at Hot Spur parking lot roughly 90 minutes east of Portland. The hike was a 12 mile / 20 km round trip and it was amazing seeing the wildflowers one expects this time of year in the Pacific NW. Needless to say, lovely weather (65F/18C) and sweeping views of Mt. Hood.

This area is famous as there are so many hikes to various valleys, basins, "points" and mountains around the Mt.Hood area. Mt.Hood area is also home to a very famous Timberline Lodge that's about a 5-6 mile hike from this point. 

It's well signposted for the most part, although I wish they'd include distances as part of the signages. There were times we'd want to give up and turn back, and knowing how much more we've got left would've been helpful in making that decision.

There are several folks that camp in the Timberline camping area or the Cairns Basin and continue on the next day. It's very family friendly and animals are allowed as well. You just need to register at various points (drop box). Whilst bear advisory is always applicable to any part of the forest in the Pacific NW, it isn't that much a threat here. Infact, I didn't see any advisories on them at all!

Vikram says:
I agree!
Posted on: Jul 24, 2016
cotton_foam says:
I wouldn't really trade in the nature's beauty of North America ...
Posted on: Jul 24, 2016
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Almost near Cairns Basin
Almost near Cairns Basin
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Cairns Basin!! At last! Ironicall…
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Half way through
Half way through
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