We did a conditioning hike on Mt. Hood. We combined three trails to give us the 3850 elevation gain we need this time. This time out it was Audrey, Judy and Becky. The Hidden Lake trail is a walk in the wood and where we got most of our elevation gain. Once we got to the PCT the views improved along with the crowds. The Mountaineer Trail up to Silcox Hut (we got a tour) gave us great views of Hood and down to Mt. Jefferson. It was a long day with about 8 hours on the trail.