South Side (Hogsback) Climber's Log

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Norman - Apr 28, 2018 2:33 pm Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2018

Pearly Gates open to all  Sucess!

Yupper...we did it, posted trip report. Bivy about 9,000 feet for heck of it, sunset, short summit day. Only about 30 people spread all over the mountain route. No traffic problems. Fantastic day.


Harvest - Mar 30, 2017 5:36 am Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2016

Pearly Gates  Sucess!

Successful summit via the Left Pearly Gate.

Larry Laverty

Larry Laverty - May 12, 2016 2:56 am Date Climbed: Apr 7, 2016

Portlandia Playground  Sucess!

Leaving in the middle of the night, i loved the carefree march along the ski slope as shooting stars fell, the busy work of the groomer below, the lamps of earlier parties flickering above.


nealmueller - Apr 15, 2016 9:55 am

Re: Gingerbread castle

Congrats on your summit. Do we need snowshoes for Hood in May?


nealmueller - Apr 15, 2016 9:54 am

Re: Yep

Congrats on your summit. Do we need snowshoes for Hood in May?

Ben Beckerich

Ben Beckerich - Feb 25, 2012 6:31 am Date Climbed: Dec 17, 2011

Yep  Sucess!

First successful trip up pearlies... good ice step


jjjNY - Jan 18, 2012 2:27 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2005

Second...  Sucess!

climbed 3x


Bluecube22 - Nov 20, 2011 7:38 pm Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2009

loved seeing the huge amount of ice  Sucess!

this an amazing winter climb like no other it was like being in another relm what a trip!


cdog - Aug 5, 2011 12:03 pm

busy climb  Sucess!

I climbed this route a few times from spring 2003 - summer 2004, and descended it even more. The hogsback led straight to the Pearly Gates back then. Saw different conditions, from quiet midweek fresh snow that allowed me to hike up with boots and trekking poles to crowded steeper summer icy conditions with a gaping crevasse. My first time climbing Hood was solo and I saw the sunrise from the summit; I was back home in Corvallis for lunch.


funkstuf - Jun 29, 2011 3:55 am Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2010

One day of fun.  Sucess!

Climbed this one for the first time in 2010. It was a nice one day hike with the last hour or so feeling a bit steep and icy. We went to the left of the hogsback and up to the ridge. Climbed down on all fours with ice axe and crampons for about 500 feet off the ridge because it was quite slippery. This one looks easy from the parking lot but not the place to start sliding. I also suggest a helmet because you'll have ice and snow wizzing by your head if there are climbers ahead. Have fun!


Monopole - Apr 4, 2011 11:43 pm Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2010

Blue skies  Sucess!

Fabulous conditions! The weather turned perfect just in time for the climb.


LadyWawa - Feb 6, 2011 7:52 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2010

Not enough snow

I got up to where the Pearly Gates are but there was not enough snow or ice to climb- just crumbling rock. We were the only group on the mountain that day and maybe we should have taken the hint. Perfect weather but perfectly un-climbable near the top. :( I will be trying again the next time I'm in Oregon.


RetroGear - Jan 9, 2011 11:43 pm

South Side & Others  Sucess!

My first climb of Mt. Hood was with Mountaineering Explorer Post 999 of Corvallis, OR. That was in July 1971, while in high school. Have been up the south side a half dozen times, as well up the Castle Crags, Leuthold Couloir and Sandy Headwall routes. All were done 'Back in the Day'.


mthomas - Sep 19, 2010 12:28 pm Date Climbed: May 31, 2004

Gingerbread castle  Sucess!

Solo climb in 9 hours roundtrip after frustrating attempt with RMI on Rainier. Winter wonderland! It had snowed some the last come of days and the entire top of the mountain was plastered with hoar. A true gingerbread castle and some of the most gorgeous mountain sceneries I've experienced.


SKI - Dec 30, 2009 9:35 pm Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2009

Icy as hell!  Sucess!

Nice, easy route. Very icy the whole way though.


Kiefer - Jul 28, 2009 7:23 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2009

Dry conditions  Sucess!

Had to climb around the 'schrund first, then traverse into the Pearly Gates Couloir since the moat was too big and deep to jump safely.
We successfully made it but this isn't anything I would recommend to climb under dry conditions. Kinda dangerous really. But it made for an exciting climb.

OJ Loenneker

OJ Loenneker - Jul 25, 2009 4:17 am

The old standard  Sucess!

This was the standard route for many years. I took a look at it this year, and that steep water ice was a no go. It used to be so mellow, I even snowboarded it with some freshiez...


mdostby - Oct 27, 2008 10:47 pm

The Hogsback  Sucess!

Solo climb. June 1999.


BCJ - Oct 4, 2008 3:17 pm

Many ascents  Sucess!

This is the route I take first-timers up. Climbed it many times and still enjoy it; a nice way to spend a morning. I've climbed it a few times on a weeknight and went to work the next morning...I'm worthless at work that day, but it's cool to show people photos of that morning's sunset from the top of the state just a few hours after it happened.


Redwic - Jun 15, 2008 4:07 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2008

Here We Go Again!!!  Sucess!

Less than two months after my first trip on Mount Hood, I went back solo on June 15 to give my dad a special "Fathers Day" message from the summit. The weather conditions were spectacular. I went up the "Old Chute" and down the original standard "Hogsback" route... I recommend using the "Old Chute" route until/unless the "Hogsback" ridge moves east again (like it was a few years ago) so the traverse would be much less technical.

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