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Bald Butte

Location summary:

  • City: Hood River, Oregon

  • Skill level: All

  • Wind: West, Southwest, Northwest

  • Access: The entire week, Monday through Sunday

  • Landing area quality: Grass, good approaches

  • Hazards in the area: Trees on the back side, transmission lines (pretty far away)


Direction to the site:


  • Hwy 84 E of Portland to Hood River.

  • Take Hwy 35 south to just north of the town of Mt. Hood.

  • Turn left on Pine Mountain Road.  This is next to the lumber mill, but north of the ranger station.  Take this road E, and then curve S.

  • The map shows the trailhead near forest service road #640.  The exact location is: N45°  32.157' W121° 31.936'.

  • The trailhead is just under the huge transmission lines.

  • The top of the butte is a 3/4 mile uphill hike from here, but only 180' elevation gain.  

  • The trail goes almost straight north.  It is trail #688.

  • An alternate route (the 1st one I took) is a 4-mile, 2000' elevation-gain hike from the bottom of the valley.

  • For this you need to take plenty of water, some bug repellant, and sturdy shoes.

  • Start south of the ranger station on Hwy 35.  Take Smullin Road east, and find the trailhead for trail #688A.

  • You will need a map for this hike.

  • View the map.

Site review:


West wind.  Excellent view of Mt. Hood in the background.  Nice little hike in.  A great relaxing place to fly.

Might work as well as the Lumber site for slope races, and this is public land.  The hike in is about the same length as Lumber, but a little more elevation gain.  I think it's well worth it.

Description provided courtesy of Pat Chewning.


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