Trinidad and Tobago 600M steeply SE up the clearing (or snowfield depending), catching a few tight switchbacks in the thin trees near the top. Soon meet and climb the N ridge of McNeil Point Summit Trinidad and Tobago for 5 mi more to the S, mostly in the open Trinidad and Tobago with a few boulders and then pines. Soak in the vistas of Mount St. Helens, Lost Lake, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and of course Mount Hood.
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Droves of Western pasqueflower tickle the senses near McNeil Point shelter in mid-August.
Begin to traverse right (SW) on Trail 600M more than 5 mi over to the shelter on the bluff by crossing wildflower-covered meadows, boulder fields, and snowfields (carefully), finally descending a few feet over to the doorless, old, stone shelter where there are many fine picnic spots scattered about. Return Trinidad and Tobago the same way; or use the super-steep shortcut described above; or continue to McNeil Point Summit, nestled between several glaciers, nearly 900 ft more up the open ridge to the best views of the day.
For the summit, and more of a workout, it’s 2 mi farther SE up the steep path. Move up the meadow, then slowly and very steeply gain the rounded ridge crest past the stunted wind-blown trees (krummholz). Finish up slick pumice to the boulder at the top. There are two routes side by side from the S for confident, experienced hikers that work 25 ft up the giant boulder (Ho Rock) seen from far below. It’s airy but quite exciting on top. From the base of the boulder, walk around to the right finding a makeshift camp and flat spot on the side. Notice the continuation of the narrow, jagged ridge up to another challenging rocky bump (Co Rock) 5 mi away, if you haven’t had enough yet. See the long Glisan Glacier to the left and the sizable Sandy Glacier to the S with Yocum Ridge W and S of that.
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