Cooper Spur

Hood River, Oregon 97031

Cooper Spur

Cooper Spur Professional Review and Guide

"A round-trip day hike in the Mount Hood Wilderness. If you’re like me and enjoy hiking above timberline, then you’ll love hiking Cooper Spur. There are wonderful views into Eliot Glacier, the largest glacier on Mount Hood and the second largest glacier in the Beaver State.

At less than a mile, exit the trees and view Mount Hood and Washington’s Mount Rainier and Mount Adams. Special attractions: Outstanding close-up views of Mount Hood and the Eliot and Newton Clark glaciers."

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"Here’s another trip on Mount Hood’s east side that can either be a grueling push from freezing level or an exhilarating jaunt from a camp at Cloud Cap.

You will travel way into the alpine backcountry of Mount Hood here. From the top of Cooper Spur, the flanks of Mount Hood look steep. But I’ve been on several trips to “the Spur” and invariably someone will declare that it looks like a “hop, skip, and a jump” to the summit from there. In reality, you’re 2,700 feet and many terrifying rope lengths from the summit. Best to admire it from the relative safety of Cooper Spur."

"Cooper Spur is a large snowfield with great snow and weather in the spring, early summer, and even in fall, with an early-season snowfall."

"This trek explores the high country on the east side of Mount Hood. The trail leads to the top of Cooper Spur for great views of the deep crevasses of Eliot Glacier and the snow-covered summits of Mounts Hood, Adams, and Rainier.

But don’t worry about climbing any snow routes—the most dangerous part of this trail is the 45-degree snowfield far beyond and high above this hike’s turnaround point."

"Cross-country trails near the Cooper Spur Ski Area on the northeast side of Mount Hood are appreciated for generally clear weather and views of Mount Hood’s north side. Well-known tours from the Tilly Jane Sno-Park are long uphill treks that require stamina.

Destinations include historic Cloud Cap Inn for its great view and Tilly Jane Campground for an overnight stay in a rustic cabin. A less demanding tour in the Weygandt Basin below Cloud Cap Road yields views of three volcanoes without a long uphill climb. Track Quality: Fair classic skiing, no skating"

Cooper Spur Reviews

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I think this trail has a lot of potential that I missed due to the weather. I started skiing at around 3 pm on 1/29/08 during snowfall. Aside from the first 1/10th of a mile or so I was breaking new snow up about a 5% grade, quite a workout. I made it about 4 miles up Cloud Cap Rd. before needing to turn around to get back to the car before it was too dark. I would recommend waiting for a clear day to ski this trail to take advantage of the views. This seems like a less popular spot so you can avoid the crowds of Trillium and Teacup and experience something a little closer to backcountry skiing.
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My wife and I are both 59 yrs old and had the time of our life while "cross country" skiing. The trails were well groomed and (well) marked. We appreciated the condition of the trails and would recommend these trails to anyone. Brad & Calleen

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Trail Information

Hood River
Nearby City
2,874 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Day hike
Best July through September
5,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,574 feet
Top Elevation
Zigzag Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Parkdale; Mount Hood Wilderness map
Local Maps