We began this trek at the Lolo Pass Trailhead, which is part of the Pacific Crest Trail and lead to the Timberline Trail. We then followed the Timberline Trail to our destination, McNeil Point.
The trail to McNeil Point is mainly uphill with many switchbacks. As you hike you will travel through a variety of terrain and flora. On a clear day there is a portion of the hike with unbelievable views of Mt. Hood.
On a side note, we did not reach a water source until about 3/4 of the way there.
We decided to set up camp under a group of trees about half a mile from McNeil Point to give us cover from the wind and it is also very close to a flowing water source. The temperature was about 30-40 degrees Fahrenheit overnight, so don't forget a hat!
We were fortunate to catch a beautiful sunset (check out the pics below!)
Overall, this hike provided a challenge with great views.
Went snowshoe backpacking up to McNeil Point this weekend and camped and showshoe-d around the area for a few days. This area is extremely popular in summer and is along the Timberline Trail, but during our Late May excursion there was still tons of snow and only saw a few people in the 3 days we were up there.
Views of Hood, Rainier, and and Adams with plenty of nearby meadows and ridges to explore. What else could you ask for?