Barlow Pass (Oregon)

Coordinates: 45°17′00″N 121°41′05″W / 45.28324°N 121.68462°W / 45.28324; -121.68462
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Barlow Pass
Elevation4,155 ft (1,266 m)
Traversed by OR 35 and Pacific Crest Trail
LocationClackamas / Hood River counties, Oregon,
United States
Coordinates45°17′00″N 121°41′05″W / 45.28324°N 121.68462°W / 45.28324; -121.68462

Barlow Pass is a 4,155-foot (1,266 m) mountain pass in the Cascades in Oregon, on the Oregon Trail, and one of the major milestones of the Barlow Road. It is the crest of the Cascade Mountains: the dividing line between watersheds of the Deschutes River and those that flow into the Sandy River.

It is located on the southern flanks of Mount Hood and traversed by Oregon Route 35. Highway 35 and the Barlow Road converge to within 400 ft (125 m) at the pass. Originally a "rustic and scenic" summer road, Highway 35 was straightened and widened throughout 1964–1968 for practical winter road maintenance. Sharp turns were eliminated and elevation changes more graduated, unlike the Barlow Road, which sharply descends westward at the foot of the pass.[1] The Barlow Road route is popular for cross country skiing,[2][3] and the pass is a trailhead to the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs north and south across the pass.[4]


  1. ^ John Foerste "Jack" Grauer (July 1975). Mount Hood: A Complete History. self published. ISBN 0-930584-01-5.
  2. ^ Shea Andersen (2001). Snowshoe Routes: Oregon. The Mountaineers Books. pp. 51–54. ISBN 978-0-89886-833-3. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  3. ^ Peter Frick-Wright (January 18, 2009). "Hut Skiing Near Mount Hood—A Thrill for Family" (PDF). The Oregonian. Cascade Huts LLC. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  4. ^ "Mount Hood National Forest—Palmateer Point Hike—Hike 40". Northwest Hiker. Retrieved 2009-02-11.