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I am from Missouri and have very little knowledge of this area.  I was on a very short business trip to the area and stopped by the Columbia River gorge for a couple hours.  One of the most beautiful areas I have ever seen!  My question is, is there a trail that starts at the Columbia River Gorge area outside of Portland and ends at Mount Hood that has back country camping available?  Thanks in advance for any information on this subject.
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Yes.  The Eagle Creek Trail starts just-off I-84 outside of Portland and connects up with the PCT all the way to Mt. Hood's Timberline Trail.  The trail up the canyon is nothing short of spectacular.  Much of the trail was carved/blasted straight out of the canyon walls by the CCC in the 1930's.

Note: If you're going in mid-summer, take note that Eagle Creek is also the most visited trail in all of Oregon, being close to Portland and such a beautiful dayhike.  Backcountry campsites can be difficult/impossible to get in peak season, and you'll share the trail with half-a-gadzillion dayhikers.  But if you're in the shoulder seasons at all (Spring/Fall), you should be fine.  My personal favorite times to go are in mid-Winter when it's all wet and swollen, but that complicates things if you're planning to go all the way up to Mt. Hood, which would require snowshoes/skis and formidable off-trail experience in winter.  But I digress.

Google it, you'll find plenty of info.  It really is a beautiful trail.  Best of luck!

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Just my preference, but I would start at Mt Hood and walk downhill to the Gorge.  

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Mike gives good advice.

Also check out the threads on this at Portlandhikers.org:

Example with good recommendations for campsites / snow conditions / transit info., etc.:

Cascade Locks to Timberline Lodge


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Thank you all for the fantastic information.  I am going to do my own research but does anyone know how long this hike is off the top of their head?
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40.7 miles.  10551 ft gain, 16460 loss, when starting at Timberline Lodge.

http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/29032


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Just my preference, but I would start at Mt Hood and walk downhill to the Gorge.  

Yes, this. :)

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Porland Hikers is a great resource!  

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