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Mt. Hood: Eliot Glacier Ascent

A fun hike up the Eliot Glacier on Mt. Hood's Northeast flank. Good mountaineering practice and great views.
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.9 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  This climb to the headwall of the Eliot Glacier is a great chance to practice mountaineering skills such as using an axe, ropes, belay... more »

Tips:  Cloudcap Trailhead directions:
Follow Highway 35 south of Hood River to signs pointing to the Cooper Spur Ski Resort, then follow the ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Looking up the Eliot

You will be walking on volcanic pumice which will feel like sand as you ascend the ridge towards the immense glacier.

2. High up the Eliot Glacier

Here is a great occasion to practice your mountaineering skills. Rope up, take out your ice axe and keep your climbing helmet on because there could be plenty of rockfall from the walls around you. Be careful of the very large open crevasses but don't be scared to look around a bit. Don't attempt climbing up the wall at the head of the glacier ... More