Cooper Spur

Parkdale, Oregon 97730

Cooper Spur

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Chris Van Tilburg
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"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."
Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series) (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"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."

Cooper Spur Trip Reports

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7/16/2018
Super tough climb, but a wonderful hike. Gorgeous views of Mt. Hood. Bring lots of water, be prepared for wind at the top! Sunscreen is a must.
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8/1/2008
Cooper spur area of Mt Hood is the north side gateway to not only the timberline trail,39 mile around the mountain, and many climbing routes but also some of the most scenic and close to home hiking in the Portland Oregon area.Just remember that living at 200 ft above sea level and then hiking in this area at 4000 to 7000 ft requires some conditioning.Enjoy forest,alpine meadows or pure mountain rock and ice enviroments.Take your pick.Just remember that these are active glaciers and all exposed rock on this mountain is rotten volcanic rock.
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7/21/2008
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1/30/2008
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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1/26/2008
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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11/4/2007
The trail is well maintained, but the area around the lake is badly over-used. Don't expect any mountain solitude here. The place is overun with dogs, who love to swim in the lake, and small children, who don't.

Most of the best places to photograph the reflection of Mt. Hood in the water are overgrown with trees and brush.

It might be a nice place for a quick hiking workout if you happen to be passing by on a weekday. We did not take the trail to Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain - that looks like a real workout if you are in need of a conditioning hike that is easy to drive to.
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11/27/2006
This is a fantastic trail to hike! The Portland Hiking Meetup Group hiked up to the summit of Tom Dick and Harry with about three feet of snow on the ground and enjoyed fantastic vistas of Mirror Lake from above, as well as other nearby peaks (Hood, of course, as well as St. Helens, Ranier, etc). Check this hike out, it's worth your time! If possible, try to hit it mid-week to see fewer people.
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Trail Information

Parkdale
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6.8
Distance
2,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
4.5 hours
Duration
July–October
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Hood River Ranger District, 541-3526002, www.fs.usda.gov/mthood
Local Contacts
Green Trails Map 462 (Mount Hood), USFS Mount Hood Wilderness, USGS Mount Hood North.
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