The basin was formed by the Coe Glacier that once pushed through the valley, but disappeared as the glacier retreated. Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. We were lucky with an overcast sky in the morning, which is pretty rare for summer. The Dollar Lake fire burned a majority of the shade on these north side trails and this one is no exception, so UV protection is absolutely imperative. This spot offers great views of Barret Spur and Mount Hood as well as the Coe Glacier. XF1: From Elk Cove Trail, No. Short hike along Elk Cove Trail. From the meadows we'll enjoy good views of the Coe Glacier and Barrett Spur. There are more trailside camps near a sedge spring, which dries up in mid-summer. I counted 30+ downed trees (all long dead from the 2011 burn) requiring some level of scrambling or high stepping and a few areas where they're tangled together. Also be sure to walk to the west side of the cove, where an icy Cove Creek rambles through the meadows. Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842 | http://www.mthood.info/hikingtrails/elkcove631.pdf. That means there’s little shade, but there are more views (Mount Hood will be in sight for most of the hike), and you’ll be able to observe the recovery process from a severe forest fire. A short spur leads left to a rocky outcropping, sometimes called Inspiration Point: this used to be the best vantage point for open views on the trail before the 2011 fire. That said, if you think of it like a jungle gym then it adds a bit of fun and a full body workout. Head on to Elk Cove, one of the loveliest sites on the mountain. The shrubs and smaller trees are a bit overgrown onto the trail so i would cover your legs for the hike. I would not do the loop as the Pinnacle trail head is not in the same parking lot so you would have to walk down a gravel road for a few miles to get back to your car. Meet at the MMC at 8:00 AM. The campsites are along the Elk Cove Trail, so after crossing the creek we turned down there and started looking. Turn left on the Timberline Trail for a few yards for the most sublime view of the mountain rising above acres of wildflowers. Good water should be available and plenty of campsites. Miles of flowers in bloom, with reds, yellow and violet flowers disappearing into the distance. Drive 2.8 miles, turning right (west) on Lawrence Lake Drive. However, this is a much quieter alternative route to Elk Cove that avoids the crowds and bumpy access roads of the Vista Ridge and Cloud Cap approaches. Elk Cove Trail #631 Area Status: Not Cleared This trail enters the Mount Hood Wilderness on the north side of Mount Hood. season, the flowers don't get much better anywhere than on this hike to Elk Cove. 2250 feet elevation gain. In her free time, you’ll find her outdoors enjoying one of Oregon’s great hiking trails or rivers. The bug were not to to bad for this time of year. Around mile 15, you’ll see a cut-off trail, which cuts off some of the mileage as the actual trail loops and backtracks for a few miles. The Pinnacle stands out on Pinnacle Ridge, across the valley of Pinnacle Creek. If you are looking to camp at the top there are a few just before you get to the Timberline trail or once the Elk cove trail meets the timberline trail you can go either direction Left towards the meadow or Right towards the creek and there are plenty of spots. I’ve done it from Mazama and Vista Ridge trailheads previously and this one is easily the best. Starting at the Pinnacle Ridge TH it gets up at a fairly good pace through an old burn with a lot of snags. NOT THE LOOP. True it is not a real loop but I think it’s just a short walk on the gravel road back to the trailhead if you come down the pinnacle ridge side, although I wasn’t totally sure so I bushwhacked back to my car. The last two ish miles were a scramble over trees with mosquitos. Hikers are rewarded with close, open views of the north side of Mt. We later discovered that it was literally a toilet, with tp bits scattered under the trees near our site. on the north side of Mt. Highly recommend!! Elk Cove Hike. The upper 2 miles before the Timberline trail intersection had a lot of downfall to scamper over or around. If you take it, you’ll still be able to camp at Cairn Basin (around 18 miles in) or Elk Cove (around 21.5 miles in.) Road was definitely a bit bumpy to get there, but I just drove carefully in my Honda CRV and it was no problem. Where would you like to hike today? (no bridge) I found this crossing to be easy and the logs were sturdy. Just follow the road at the end. The first section of our Timberline Trail trip took us from Timberline Lodge to Elk Cove. Barrett Spur via Vista Ridge and Wy'east Basin Trail, Tamanawas Falls via East Fork Trail #650 and Elk Meadows Trail #645 [CLOSED], Timberline, Cooper Spur and Tilly Jane Trail, Polallie Ridge Trail to Tilly Jane Ski Trail Loop [CLOSED], http://www.mthood.info/hikingtrails/elkcove631.pdf. Finally, you’ll reach the junction with the Timberline Trail in the parkland of Elk Cove itself. Glacial cracking and tumbling rocks are just a few of nature’s orchestral wonders at the top of this epic north face volcanic journey. We only saw two sites and one was taken, so we took the other. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. Be careful here though. Where culverts were removed, you’ll need to drop into little dips. We made time to do one more high altitude hike on Mount Hood before departing for a six week camping trip that will swing through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. Elk Cove. Backpackers should camp at one of numerous spots in the trees at the east or north ends of the cove, along the Timberline and Elk Cove trails, and not in the fragile meadows. Please. Once we got to Elk Cove it made the view just a little more sweet. Keenan, John, Hunter and I left Timberline Lodge at about 5PM on Thursday evening. After the viewpoint, you’ll drop to another saddle and then wend your way upward again, swishing through patches of huckleberry and bear-grass. Continue another mile further to a road junction and turn left onto Road 650 (a right turn heads to the Pinnacle Ridge trail). But found my way back quickly. Be aware there is no trail (that I could find) between Elk Cove and Pinnacle Ridge TH. I thought it was fun, but it does slow you down and some might not like it. 08-01-20 This is one of the easiest graded spur trails on Wy’east. We’ll spend the night at Elk Cove and explore the area. Trail Log: Elk Cove Hike/Log; Hike type: In and out Distance: 9.3 miles round-trip Elevation gain: 2300 feet High point: 5,475 feet Difficulty: Moderate Seasons: July – November Family Friendly: No Backpackable: Yes—connects to the Timberline Trail Crowded: At Elk Cove on weekends Add-on Hikes: Barrett Spur Add-on Hike; Dollar Lake Add-on Hike First glance at the map this looks like a pleasant loop. Whatever you do, DO NOT ATTEMPT SOMETHING BEYOND YOU ABILITY LEVEL. The forest of white tree skeletons is carpeted with fireweed in an area of intense burn, and then the trail drops for a crossing of Cove Creek, which blooms with monkey flower into September. We'll hike up the north flank of Mt. Though do-able, it’s somewhat treacherous, slow-going and simply not at all fun. The trail starts by crossing over Pinnacle Creek and then follows an old logging road for about 1.5 miles before entering the … The foreground trees refused to move out of the way. I had quite a few scratches. Follow this rough road another mile and the trail begins at a bend in the road. Hood, but Open 10 am - 5 pm daily Closed: Thanksgiving Day, New Year's Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day . Sufficiently enlarged, the lenticular (banner) cloud at the summit has a pinkish tail. Now there are closer views of The Pinnacle to the west and the Hood River Valley to the east, while down to the left is the wide valley bottom of the Coe Branch. 10.5 miles / 2200 feet. From Hood River, drive Highway 35 south for 15 miles until reaching the town of Mount Hood. This hidden Eden became even quieter after a glacial flood closed … Not a loop. DO NOT TAKE THE LOOP. About a half mile from your destination, you must cross Coe Creek. It was a bit Windy and due to the burn there is not a lot of shade. Hood, with its first dusting of autumn snow, 2013 September 26. Cloud Cap to Elk Cove is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Hood are on its north flank—on the opposite side of the mountain from the tourist crowds at Timberline Lodge. Directions and Map found here ** Do not take Russell Creek Road, it does not go through to Elk Cove. The hike itself begins with a steady incline up the mountain through a beautifully forested area. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from July until October. Most all of these types of activities on this page are within 25-60 minutes drive north or south of the Elk Cove Inn. 9.2 miles with 2,100 ft elevation gain. Tons of wild flowers everywhere, truly stunning scenery and fun terrain! 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