Mt Hood Summit Program

Length:2 days
Price:Private Trip Rates:
3 climbers $1,045
2 climbers $ 1,145
1 climber $ 1,485

Open Group Trips (we group you with other climbers):
Dates:2024 Dates are NEARLY full - Call now to get a spot!
Location:South side of Mount Hood

Summit Mount Hood! This snowy peak towers above Oregon, inspiring climbers and non-climbers alike. It’s glaciated flanks hint at Hood’s notoriously stormy conditions. This makes it both difficult and beautiful to ascend. Climbers come from all over the world to stand on Mount Hood summit. Our goal, is to help you get there, with a little education, training, and encouragement along the way.

Train Today, Climb Tonight

You will meet your guide at the Timberline Lodge, and begin by checking gear and fitting crampons. Outside, on our practice snow slopes we’ll learn footwork, crampon and ice axe technique, rope-systems, and self-arrest. This day is about 4 hours long and gives you an opportunity to practice all the technical skills that you’ll use during your climb. You’ll learn about footwork, how to use your ice axe, and rope-work.

Your climb begins in the middle of the night when you meet your guide at the Climber’s Register. You’ll board a snowcat, which will transport your climbing team up to 8,000 feet on the mountain. We start early because we have 3,500 feet of elevation to cover over a distance of about 3.5 miles to reach the summit of Mount Hood. This is an arduous but rewarding ascent. We aim to reach the summit soon after sunrise and enjoy it for a brief few minutes.

Mount Hood Summit

A climb to the Mt. Hood summit by the standard route will include roped climbing in technical terrain on steep slopes of snow and ice. Most people are surprised by how steep and exposed the climbing is. We hope to reach the reward of Oregon’s highest and most iconic peak – the Mount Hood summit – it’s all worth it when you see the view! The descent is just as technical as the climb, which is especially challenging for the top 1,000 feet. It can take 4 to 5 hours to reach the summit and 4 to 5 more hours to get back to the Timberline Lodge.

Get Started

Interested in a trip? Call us today to get started on your trip reservation. We will take the time to place you on the expedition that is a fit for you.

(541) 312-9242

When you call us you will speak to someone knowledgable about all or our trips and locations.

Old Chute or Pearly Gates

South side of Mount Hood

The Mt. Hood Summit Program is a great introduction to technical alpine climbing and mountaineering.

Elevation:11,239 feet
Style:Steep snow and a bergschrund crossing
Skill Level:Entry-level

"I am very happy with my TMG experience. The guides were professional, personable, and extremely concerned about safety. . . I absolutely give highest marks to these guys. If you don't have much Alpine experience, or just want the security of seasoned veterans guiding you up this mountain, then I strongly recommend you sign up with them. Thanks, guys, for a great experience!!"

George C
Highland, UT

"What a fantastic experience gaining the summit of a mountain we've gazed on from Portland for 25 years! . . . We learned a great deal, had a ton of fun, felt in very capable hands, and had the reward of summiting on a beautiful clear day. The value of being with a professional, certified, guide and guiding organization was evident throughout. Kudos to the TMG team who were responsive, supportive, and fun to work with every step of the way."

Malcolm C
Portland, OR

"We booked 2-day overnight program on Mt. Hood with Timberline Mountain Guides. Our guides were great, . . super friendly and reputable. The program did not go as planned due to inclement weather but we still had fun and good experience. The guides were definitely flexible and provided guidance during the trip. I would recommend going with them if it's your first climbing trip on Mt. Hood for sure."

Portland, OR

Skills Series

Next steps

  • Mount Baker’s Coleman-Deming glacier is a great place to add fundamental glacier skills to your climbing toolbox.
  • The Cooper Spur is a great way to push into steeper, longer snow climbing
  • Alpine rock climbing like the North Ridge of Mount Washington is a great stepping-stone toward North Cascades summits, because they often combine snow and rock climbing.

Know Before You Go

  • No prior experience is necessary – Mt Hood is an excellent place to learn fundamental mountaineering skills.
  • Climbers should arrive with excellent physical fitness.
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