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MHM Boundary Policy

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.
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 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. 

MHM has a general “no hiking” policy for our lift-served guests. Please do not hike into terrain served by closed chairlifts nor into the wilderness areas adjacent to the ski resort. Boundaries may not be marked in locations only accessible by hiking. An exception to this policy is the hiking access to Super Bowl.

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.

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. 

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.