Hike 44
The Mt. Hood National Forest
Gumjuwac Viewpoint Hike
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Map of the Gumjuwac Viewpoint Hike

Length: 4 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 1500' gain
Season: Late Spring thru Late Fall
Difficulty:   Challenging
Permit:   NW Forest Pass Required

Features:

This is a short but challenging hike. The hike begins to climb almost immediately and climbs along the side of a steep hillside within a dense forest. About half way to the viewpoint you get your first glimpse of Mt Hood, mostly visible through the trees. Then as you round the corner to the viewpoint itself, you begin to enjoy what made the steep climb worth it. The views of Mt Hood and the valley below are outstanding. This same trail continues on to Gumjuwac Saddle and then on to Lookout Mountain.

About the name of this hike and saddle.... Gumjuwac. According to the sign at the top of the saddle, the place is named after a sheppard named Jack, who wore gum shoes. They supposedly called him gum shoe Jack.... thus Gumjuwac....whatever???

How to get there:

Whether you approach this from on Hwy 35 going south out of Hood River, or if you are coming north from Hwy 26 near Government Camp, watch for the bridge near what was the Robin Hood Campground.

The trailhead is on the east side of the road and on the north side of the bridge.

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