According to Terry Richard travel author for The Oregonian, one of the top five best day hikes along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in northern Oregon is the McNeil Point Hike. Located in the Mount Hood National Forest, the McNeil Point area is a gorgeous location for camping, hiking, photography, flower identifying and more. Learn more about why McNeil Point made top top five best day hikes along the PCT below.

McNeil Point: From the Top Spur Trail on the west side of Mount Hood, hikers cross and use only a snippet of the PCT before heading off toward the mountain on the Timberline Trail. Don’t tell anyone, but the 40 miles of the Timberline Trail around Mount Hood pack nearly as much scenic punch as the 460 miles of the PCT in Oregon. This is more a compliment to the Timberline Trail than a snipe at the PCT. Case in point: The Timberline Trail here leads directly toward McNeil Point and the Sandy Glacier for views of Mount Hood exactly like you get in Portland, only 45 miles closer.

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