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Pacing: Slow, with frequent stops to view and listen for birds; mostly trail walking. Brief ski lift ride up/down to access higher elevation scree fields.
Amenities: Toilets are available at the parking lot/in the lodge.
Public Transit: TriMet (Mt. Hood Express) departs Sandy Transit Center at 7:55 am; $4.00 roundtrip bus fee.
Rest Stops: There are no rest stops or benches.
Distance: 3.5 miles
Elevation Changes: 150ft gain out and back; 1000ft per mile descent or ski lift down from Silcox Hut to Timberline Lodge Trailhead
Trail Tread and Width: 2 miles of moderate elevation gain on a mix of dirt and rock trails. Then 1 mile downhill from Silcox Hut to Timberline Lodge Trailhead
Exposure: Strong sun exposure throughout the walk given elevation and situation at treeline, use of sunscreen is advised.
Join Ross as we explore the Timberline Lodge area and surrounding alpine trails in search of montane species such as Clark's Nutcracker, Mountain Bluebird, Mountain Chickadee, and Cassin’s Finch.Register
Audubon Birding Day Details
- Date: July 16, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Fee: $65 members / $85 non-members
Ross caught the birding bug in the spring of 2011, while living in the Piney Woods of Northeast Texas. Since then, he has lived in Texas' High Plains, conducted breeding bird and environmental impact surveys in the region, as well as birded extensively throughout the Lone Star State and led trips for local Audubon chapters. He and his partner moved to the Portland area in 2016, and he has thoroughly enjoyed getting to experience Oregon's rich diversity of habitats, while becoming intimately familiar with its unique birdlife. Ross has birding experience in the UK, Costa Rica, and Australia, and delights in camping and traveling with family whenever possible. He has a keen interest in birding by ear, encouraging his toddler to identify flyover calls while on local hikes. Ross also has interests in birding equity and inclusion, particularly at the intersection of disability and universal design/access, and looks to promote birding opportunities for all.