All guests leaving designated groomed trails should ride with a buddy, expect unmarked obstacles, practice deep snow safety and have avalanche awareness. Respect all rope lines and closures. Carry a Trail Map and be aware of the following terrain management policies.
Access to Heather Canyon, Clark Canyon and Private Reserve is through access gates only. These areas are not patrolled on a regular basis and avalanche danger exists at all times. You may be entering tightly wooded and cliffed terrain. Beware of waterfalls, creek holes, cliff bands, avalanche debris and other unmarked obstacles. Names shown are for reference only and are not designated trails or runs. Skiing/riding with a partner and carrying a beacon, probe and shovel are highly recommended. Closure violators will lose lift privileges and may be criminally trespassed. Gated terrain access is planned until 3 PM daily, conditions permitting. Access Heather and PR through open gates only. Make note of access gate name in case of emergencies. Within gated terrain, gravity traversing is allowed, but hiking or side-stepping up-canyon to access terrain behind closed gates is not permitted.
Closed Ski Area Boundary
Mt. Hood Meadows has a Closed Boundary policy. This is a “Rule of Use” as specified in our operational agreement with the Forest Service. There is no lift-served access to terrain outside of the ski area boundary.
MHM’s South Boundary separates the White River Canyon Wilderness Area from the ski resort. The South Boundary runs from the top of Cascade Express past Vista Express and Easy Rider to the Sunrise Parking Lot. At the top of Cascade Express, the rocky ridge serves as a boundary. Do not hike up and over this ridge. From the top of Vista Express the south boundary consists of a rope line with signs. All terrain beyond this rope leads into the wilderness away from the resort. From the bottom of Easy Rider to the Sunrise parking lot there is no signage due the uphill nature of the terrain South of the trail to Sunrise.
The North Boundary lies along the rocky moraine locally called “pea gravel ridge” that forms the North ridge of Clark Canyon. This ridge separates the ski area from the Newton Canyon Wilderness Area. No signage exists here. Please do not hike or traverse up and over this obvious ridge into the Wilderness Area.
Uphill Travel Prohibition
Mt Hood Meadows generally prohibits uphill travel within our ski area. Do not not hike or side-step uphill into terrain served by closed chairlifts or accessed by closed gates.
Specific exceptions exist for:
- Backcountry users who desire to access the wilderness areas adjacent to the ski resort may use the MHM parking lots and need to follow the designated hiking routes that run just outside of our ski area boundaries.
- When open, hiking to Super Bowl, Dallas Bowl and Chute 225 requires a check-in with Patrol at the top of Cascade Express. Skiing/Riding with a buddy and carrying a beacon, probe and shovel are highly recommended.
- Event and competition spectators choosing to hike to Easy Rider area venues: Banked Slalom, Fireweed, Shipyard and Half Pipe.
All uphill travelers must:
- Be aware of the hazards inherent in the alpine environment and the ski resort setting
- Take precautions to remain visible to downhill skiers and riders at all time
- Use appropriate footwear or traction devices for safe travel over variable winter surfaces including snow and ice.
Closure and Out-of-Bounds Violations
Please respect all rope lines. Crossing rope lines into Freestyle Terrain Parks, Race Courses, or Expert Terrain is not allowed. Terrain served by closed chairlifts or closed gates should be considered closed. Do not hike or side-step up into closed terrain. Skier safety classes will be required before returning to slopes in future seasons.
Skiing or Snowboarding outside of the ski area boundary will result in the loss of skiing / riding privileges and a possible fine of $500 (Hood River County Ordinance 140).
Any search and rescue operations initiated on your behalf will result in the loss of skiing / riding privileges and will be billed out for the total amount of the cost incurred by Mt. Hood Meadows during rescue operations. This amount will be no less than $1,000.
There is a zero tolerance policy for guests beyond the boundaries of Mt. Hood Meadows.