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Mt. Hood Winter Ski Descent From Crater Rock

This ski descent takes you up the climbers trail and the Palmer to Crater rock and then descends by Illumination Rock.
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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 7 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  A fun descent from Crater Rock on Mt. Hood with the technical part of actually going to the summit. This can be done after a... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Approaching Crater Rock

2. Bottom of the Hogsback

You can continue on up the Hogsback to the top or ski down from here. I chose a route that tightly hugged the side of the hogsback and then descended downa steep chute between sharp volcanic rocks. It was very icy and I suggest heading more towards the route where you came up. After passing beneath Crater Rock traverse across the glacier to do ... More

3. Base of Illumination Rock

From here head back far skiers left to make sure you make it back to the top of the lift.