Discover Just How Tall Mount Hood in Oregon Really Is

Mount Hood reflecting in Trillium Lake at sunset, in Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon.
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Written by Telea Dodge

Published: November 25, 2023

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Mount Hood in Oregon is a world-famous peak. It is the highest point in the state of Oregon, and it is also the second-most climbed peak in the entire world. This mountain rests in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and is actually a volcano itself – though it has been dormant for a long time. We’re going to look at the true height and location of this volcanic mountain today!

How Tall Is Mount Hood?

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Mt. Hood is 7,706 feet taller than its surroundings.

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Mount Hood has an elevation of 11,239 feet above sea level. It has a prominence of 7,706 feet, which means it stands 7,706 feet above all of its surroundings. How does this stack up against other peaks in the United States? Let’s check out a helpful table to compare.

Mount DenaliAlaska20,310 feet20,194 feet
Mount WhitneyCalifornia14,505 feet10,075 feet
Mount ElbertColorado14,440 feet9,093 feet
Mount ShastaCalifornia14,179 feet9,772 feet
Mount RainierWashington14,411 feet13,246 feet

As you can see, there are a lot of peaks in the United States that tower over Mount Hood. That does not prevent this volcanic mountain from being one of the most impressive in the area – and one of the most famous mountains to climb in the United States.

Where Is Mount Hood on a Map?

Now, we’ll look at the map location of Mount Hood. This gives us a better idea of where it rests and what it is near to.

As you can see, Mount Hood is in the Mt. Hood National Forest, south of Highway 84. Let’s look at some larger cities in the state of Oregon and the travel distances from them to the mountain. The travel times quoted are Google Maps estimates from the time of writing this article. Your actual travel times may vary based on traffic patterns and road closures.

CityDistanceEstimated Travel Time
Portland69.1 miles1 hour and 29 minutes
Eugene166 miles3 hours and 5 minutes
Bend113 miles2 hours and 16 minutes
Grants Pass302 miles5 hours and 11 minutes
Salem103 miles2 hours and 9 minutes

Hiking Mount Hood

The volcano mountain Mt. Hood, in Oregon, USA. At sunset with reflection on the water of the Trillium lake.

Beginners should not hike Mount Hood.


The United States Forest Service claims there are over 1,000 miles of hiking trails around Mount Hood and in the Mt. Hood National Forest. We’re going to focus on the summit hike. This particular hike sees about 10,000 climbers a year. If you want smaller crowds, hike in the middle of the week. This is a complex and technical hike/climb. You should plan well ahead and consider hiring a trail guide.

The primary access point for this climb is the Salmon River lot at the Timberline ski area. You need a permit to park here from November 1st to April 30th. Also required is a wilderness permit and a climbing permit for the area. You are only required to get a climbing permit if you intend on climbing to the summit – or any elevation above 9,500 feet.

This a difficult trail. AllTrails lists it as a 6.7-mile out-and-back trail. It has an elevation gain of 5,308 feet. Make sure you have all of the proper gear, including snow protection. You must leave your dogs at home.

Fire Dangers

Oregon is a high-burn state, with an extensive wildfire season. You should always check the weather and wildfire information while planning your hikes. For up-to-date information on wildfires and road closures around Mount Hood, check the Wildfire Restrictions and Management section for Mount Hood on the USDA website.

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About the Author

Telea Dodge is an animal enthusiast and nature fiend with a particular interest in teaching a sense of community and compassion through interactions with the world at large. Carrying a passion for wild foraging, animal behaviorism, traveling, and music, Telea spends their free time practicing their hobbies while exploring with their companion dog, Spectre.

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