If you want to get way, way up there, this is your hike. In the days before Timberline Lodge and the road to it were built, Cooper Spur was the standard climbing route to Mount Hood’s 11,239-foot summit, and people still climb it that way today. The whole area, in fact, is historically significant. Just up a hill from the trailhead, at the end of the road, is Cloud Cap Inn.
Built in 1889 by two prominent Portland families as a recreation destination, it’s the oldest building on Mount Hood. The hotel venture never took off, however, and by World War II the property was given to the U.S. Forest Service. In 1956 the Crag Rats, a Hood River–based climbing and rescue organization, took it over, and they maintain it to this day.
Parkdale, OR - Hiking,Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 6.8