Descend a bit on Trail 600, then climb steeper up a few turns to begin a northerly traverse from the bottom of an open narrow Warren meadow (5400 ft). This skunk cabbage-covered (in summer) meadow on the right at 3 mi from the TH holds the V-mi-long bushwhack trail and shortcut scramble directly to the Warren. The detailed description is for the descent only. It is not recommended for most, and although not exposed, it is extremely steep, loose, rocky, and fairly tracked out ESE up what quickly becomes the thin ridge section S of the cliff band below Warren. For the scramble from the Warren, you would head W straight down the most prominent thin path through bushes seemingly off the cliff at first. You would stay left (S) of the cliff descending just left or on the narrow, broken ridgeline itself following the most worn path rather abruptly down the boulders and obstacle course with loose scree and pumice until near the bottom.
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From Timberline Trail in the open narrow meadow (5400 ft) on the more attractive main route, it’s 2 mi farther to McNeil Point’s old rock shelter. Easily negotiate around five little streams on the traverse N and then cross a large scree field. Proceed up 2 switchbacks and cross two more tiny creeks before leveling off at the first of two tarn ponds in a sizable clearing. The main trail heads into the woods steeper between the ponds, but take a moment to check out the reflection from the second pond into McNeil Point and Mount Hood. Another option is the bushwhack path in the clearing which peters out up at a juncture with Mazama Trail 625 (moving NW down Cathedral Ridge) and curves right (SE) up a rise to meet the Timberline Trail 600 again. On Trail 600, cross another clearing and revegetating area, then hike steeper up 3 switchbacks to the small McNeil Point sign on the right in another clearing. Leave Timberline Trail and the route to Cairn Basin, Eden Park, Wy’East Basin, Barrett Spur, and Elk Cove.