A "Stolen" Hike: McNeil Point

I’m back from a short hiatus from adventure photography, and determined to spend as much time as possible on the trails this Fall and Winter.

Here we are in mid-November, and Mt Hood has only seen a small dusting of snow. After checking the snow line this past weekend and seeing that it was mostly clear up to Government Camp, I took my dad up to one of my favorite local hikes: McNeil Point. It’s hard to believe that we still have access to this trail, which tops out over 6000 feet, at this point in the year. It felt like a stolen hike, and provided a solid physical challenge as well as outstanding views as always. Dad lives next to North Cascades, so it’s hard to impress him with a trail. But I think McNeil Point delivered.