Cooper Spur Trail via Tilly Jane Trail

Cooper Spur Trail via Tilly Jane Trail

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Mount Hood National Forest

Cooper Spur Trail via Tilly Jane Trail is a 19.6 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length19.6 kmElevation gain1,541 mRoute typeOut & back
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Continue up Cooper Spur to Tie-In Rock where the trail ends and the climbing route begins. Here is a spectacular viewpoint of the north side of Mt Hood and the Elliot Glacier.
On a clear day you can see Mt. St Helens and Mt. Adams. Be sure to bring warm cloths even if its nice out because it gets cold as you get up near the glacier. Don't forget water and a snack.
Directions from Hood River: Travel south on Highway 35 for approximately 25 miles to a sign indicating Cooper Spur Ski Area. Turn right and drive to the Cooper Spur Inn (approximately two miles) and turn left on Road 3512. Follow signs to Cloud Cap (approximately 11 miles). The last nine miles are narrow and unpaved - stay alert. Park near the Cloud Cap Saddle Campground.
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 28, 2022
HikingBlowdownGreat!IcySnow

28 January 2022 5 hrs 30 mins at a normal pace (nearly complete) Started right at dawn with exospikes and no snowshoes or poles. Everything was still mostly frozen and crusty, making it pretty straightforward, but considerable work. Made it almost all the way to the top, but had to turn back due to looser snow on very steep terrain, strong winds, and my boots being not so great anymore. Once you get past Tilly Jane you’ll have to rely on your maps to navigate (some of the prints in the snow will lead you astray), though you may want to occasionally skip the switchbacks. An amazing hike, though. Don’t forget layers! Also, I found a Tamron lens cap coming down. It was right on top of the snow so it must be recent. I tied it up to the sign at the trailhead, but it might have fallen down since then.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 23, 2022

1/22/22: Snowshoed from Tilly Jane to the A Frame. It was a little over 5 miles roundtrip and about 1900 feet of climbing. The road to Cloud Cap is closed at the parking lot just beyond the split with the ski area. The lot was plowed but icy to walk on. Trail is shared with skiers, dogs, and hikers. Views are great towards the A Frame and through the burned forest. In my opinion, it was worth the climb.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 18, 2022
HikingSnow

Road to TH has been plowed, although parking lot is icy. 1/17 was warm so snow started to soften around 11am, and there was some postholing on the way back, but fine with snowshoes. Decent conditions for skiing/snowboarding. Good bootpack with various ski tracks. Challenging climb up to the A-Frame and higher, but this trail never disappoints in any season, with great views on a clear day.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 5, 2021
HikingBlowdownGreat!IcyRockySnow

Beautiful trail, but a tough climb for sure. We were the first ones in the lot at 8:30 on Sunday, 12/5. The road to the trailhead was paved and clear. The trail started out climbing through beautiful forest before reaching the burnt area. Views opened up here and we saw Adams, Rainier, St Helens and Hood of course. After climbing through the burn area, we re entered the forest for a bit before breaking through the tree line at about 6100 ft. Views became outstanding once above the treeline. The trail also got tough to follow due to patchy ice and snow. We more or less made our own trail and ran out of time before making it all the way up to cooper's spur. We called it at about 8000 feet. We were glad to have microspikes once we cleared the treeline as it was icy and fairly steep. We saw other party's sticking closer to rocks to avoid the ice. Conditions will change dramatically in the coming days with all the snow that's expected. Overall, this was a whale of a climb, never very steep, but relentless. The views definetly made it worth it though.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 21, 2021
Hiking

Well groomed trails nice hike

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Hiking

Great workout. Amazing up close view of the mountain and the glacier and gorgeous views of the forest and the eastern side of Oregon.

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HikingRocky

This was 13mi instead of the 10 mentioned here. Also the red line trail is not an actual trail, we followed 600A and then 600B. Tilly Jane trail was long. The climbing is steady the whole time. More people were coming via cloud cap than This way. Mt. Hood is spectacular but this trail was not.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 29, 2021
HikingGreat!No shade

One of my favorite hikes of all time and feels like such a special, milestone experience of Oregon. It is extremely sandy the whole way and sand gets in your boots, so have gators or long pants if that drives you crazy! The 9 mile road is so slow; make sure you plan for extra time and patience.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 10, 2021
Hiking

Great hike. Made it to Tie in Rock. Warm day. Not many bugs. Very sandy for most of the top section.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 9, 2021
Hiking

Amazing trail with stunning views! Definitely dusty but worth the altitude gain

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 24, 2021
Hiking

great hike. beautiful. very dusty. don't forget your sunscreen.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 21, 2021
HikingGreat!

Hey! It’s a great hike, probably my all time favorite. I lost my iPhone 6s though :/ if you find it could you please text 503-548-8915? Thanks :) enjoy the hike!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 17, 2021
HikingGreat!

We made it up to the stone shelter (just above the intersection with the Timberline trail). The views once you get above the Timberline trail are amazing. I have made it up to the top of the trail in the past (from Cloud Cap- not the 4700ft from the Tilly Jane trailhead!), and the views don't get a lot better as you keep going up. I find the Tilly Jane and Cooper Spur trails very steep and challenging, rising nearly 1000 feet per mile, but it depends what you're used to. There's tons of lupine now in full bloom in the burned section of the Tilly Jane trail- gorgeous. Our pup was only able to find one spot to get wet in a stream to cool off, at the Tilly Jane campground. There are pros and cons to starting at Tilly Jane vs at Cloud Cap- if you start at Tilly Jane you avoid the long, slow, unpaved road to Cloud Cap, and this time of year you get the beautiful wildflowers. But if you start from Cloud Cap you have a much easier hike to get to the great views.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 5, 2021
HikingGreat!No shade

I did exactly what Boo Ray did a year ago coincidentally, except the sunscreen and I started at 10 AM. 13 miles out and back. Clear day, all mountains visible. I discovered this route zooming into Google maps. Fantastic! "Baz Luhrmann - Wear Sunscreen"

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 2, 2021
Hiking

Great hike for summer ! Definitely wear sun hoody if going to tie in rock it’s exposed to sun big time. The trail is in good condition almost no snow now. It’s steady climb up never steep, but long and sustained so not the easiest hike for sure. Huge views of Adam’s, Helens, Rainier, Jefferson, cascades …. Definitely worth it just for the views. Coming back to climb the mountaineering portion to summit ;)

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 21, 2021
Hiking

We completed this trail on June 20. A lot of elevation gain but views at the top are worth it. Started early and enjoyed lunch at the picnic tables at the A frame then continued up until just short of the shelter. Plenty of parking as the trail was not crowded. Cloudless sky gave clear views of St. Helen's and Rainer, and great close up views of Hood. Had to navigate over some snow and several downed trees but nothing too difficult.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 6, 2021
HikingGreat!

This trail is one of my favorites! The views are amazing and it’s not a busy hike. We hiked up to the A Frame and had lunch over at a table in the camp ground across the creek. The weather was nuts! Blue sky and sun above us, but the wind was so strong it was blowing all kinds of weather off the mountain- rain, sleet & snow. Not a lot, but just enough to make us stop & appreciate what a mountain & some wind can do. We booked the A Frame for a few nights in September when we got home!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 23, 2021
HikingGreat!RockySnow

We hiked this on 5/22/21 and were fortunate to have a sunny morning. From the burn area we saw Mt St Helens, Mt Ranier and Mt Adam’s. After the Tilly Jane A frame we used micro spikes and AllTrails GPS. Snow pretty much the whole way up from A frame but no snowshoes needed. We were lucky to have a break in the weather at the top to see all of Mt Hood. We could have went a little further on our hike but it was quite windy and would have required an ice axe and crampons so we did not go to tie in rock. Be prepared for any weather. Once we turned around the clouds came in and it got quite cold and it started to rain/snow from the A frame back to the car.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 23, 2021
Backpacking

Only saw a couple people on this one. Weather got ugly at Cooper so turned around just shy of Goal. Spikes and snowshoes came in handy after tilly campground.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 16, 2021
Nature trips

Beautiful trail with wonderful wildflower meadows in mid-summer. Rocking 2/3rds is the way to the top which isn’t so pleasant but worthwhile for the views

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 4, 2021
SnowshoeingGreat!IcySnow

Parked at tilly jane trailhead, not cloud cap saddle campground. Doable with some spikes but snow shoes preferred after mile 3 to mile 4.5. Also snowshoes useful on way back once ice layer melted later in day but I made it just fine without. If anyone sees white and blue odoland snow shoes, lmk! Lost them on the trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 10, 2021
HikingGreat!IcySnow

Mid-February hike. Trail was ice for the first couple of miles, packed snow up to the A-frame. Microspikes were necessary and sufficient. By the A-frame, needed snowshoes. Trail is hard to find in the wooded section after the A-frame. Just head towards Pollalie Canyon and walk up-slope till you emerge out of the forest. Started to get windy by the time I got to the Cooper Spur shelter. Then, it got _really_ windy and had to turn around after running out of rocks to shelter behind. In one word, WOW!

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Hiking

Decent snow above the shelter, but below tree line.slushy at the bottom in the trees.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 9, 2020

trail to get there was easily accessible but from past experience that can change rapidly with snow days 12/8 - made it as far as cooper spur shelter. microspikes till 2 miles in then need snowshoes. views peeked through for a while, make sure you cross the tree line at 2700 ish feet. the views from there onwards are mind blowing great weather, perfect powder, was the only person the whole way up and back

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 6, 2020
SnowshoeingFeeGreat!IcyNo shadeSnow

Remember you need a Snow-Park pass. I had forgotten mine but the office at the lodge sells them. All designated parking spots were taken by 9:45am so if you’re not there early, you’ll be lucky if you can squeeze in off the side of the road. Be forewarned, there are no bathrooms so plan ahead. Microspikes were sufficient until you got to the burned out forest. You could make it up to the Tilly Jane A frame without snowshoes or skis but you’re risking twisting an ankle in soft spots. Beyond the cabin, you’ll want snowshoe gear. I didn’t make it to Cooper Spur because the sun was setting fast. It was set behind Mt. Hood by 2:15pm. Start your day early!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 29, 2020

As the last reviewer said, the parking lot does fill up fast. I arrived around 10 and there were only a couple spots left. Made it to the Tilly Jane cabin with just boots as the parking lot to the cabin is packed snow. Past the cabin you're in powder so snowshoes will be needed. The winter trail doesn't follow the map exactly after the cabin, you go through a small ravine instead. It's narrow and a bit of a pain in snowshoes but doable. Skis with skins would make things much much easier. Definitely worth doing, though, in any gear.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 28, 2020

Was a great snowshoe hike on a bluebird day. Parking fills up fast on sunny days, so get there early. Amazing views once you get past the tree line, and pretty easy to find your way back, but I recommend downloading the map or having a GPS handy once you get above the boot path/trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 10, 2020
HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Hiked this route to Cooper Spur on 10/9/20 and the trail was amazing! It was closer to 13 miles total on my GPS walking all of the way up to where the trail ends. The trail starts with forest, then a long patch of dead forest due to a 2008 fire, then more live forest, and lastly a long section of sand/rock. We had views south to Jefferson and could see St Helens, Rainier, and Adams to the other direction. Get an early start and bring lots of water, but it is surely worth it!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 7, 2020
Hiking

I will need to do that hike again, as even if I went to the top, it was super foggy due to the fires’ smoke. Steep indeed but nothing unbearable as the ground is pretty soft for 2/3 of the hike.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 5, 2020
Hiking

Nice hike with great views (weather cooperating). I could see Hood, Adams, Jefferson and Rainier today. Coming back, I took the ridgeline trail to the right of the A frame. Not the best idea. That trail is pretty overgrown in places.

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