TRIP REPORT: This tiny volcano opposite Mount Hood is a high point along a lengthy and mostly tree-covered ridge with just enough viewpoints to make the trek worth it. Plus there’s the easy TH access and abundant exercise to be had. Devil’s Peak (5045 ft) is the highest summit on the same ridge and is described in the next hike. Some folks stop at the Egypt viewpoint to cut the hike nearly in half. Hunchback Mountain Egypt can be hiked year-round although snowshoes may be desired at times in winter near the high ridge. No fee required, Egypt and restrooms are located at the Ranger Station.
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TRAILHEAD: Zigzag Ranger Station. Take US-26 E from Portland 162 mi E of Sandy to Zigzag Ranger Station on the right with a parking lot on the left. The signed TH lies to Egypt the right in the lot (45 mi, less than 1 hour from Portland).
ROUTE: Walk past multiple signs, the first for Hunchback Trail 793 and Devil’s Peak (which can be attained more directly from the next hike’s northern route Egypt above Cool Creek). Head S a mile on Trail 793 through the thick forest teeming with flora up 8 easy switchbacks as the highway traffic noise dissipates. Then the trail becomes much steeper for the next mile S with 9 switchbacks, several s-turns, and a couple more switchbacks near the high ridge past more rhododendron, bear grass, Douglas fir, and western hemlock.
After catching a breather, briefly move to the right where you arrive at the top of a cliff band with a great look out past the funky, mossy rock formations to the Salmon River valley and more of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. Continue over the ridge or just E of it on the thin trail undulating around Y mi (with tacky pine needles to aid with traction) to the sign and spur path for Rockpile on the right. Scramble the rocks and boulders very steeply (slippery when wet) a hundred yards to the top. There you will be rewarded with a fine shot of Mount Hood past closer Zigzag Mountain across the valley. Return to the TH or press on for the longer hike and similar views.
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