Cairn Basin and Elk Cove

Sandy, Oregon 97055

Cairn Basin and Elk Cove

Cairn Basin and Elk Cove Professional Review and Guide

"Mountain scenery doesn’t get much better than what you find on the north side of Mt. Hood. This hike, which traverses almost the entire length of this alpine wonderland, is bound to be spectacular. Wildflowers crowd mountain meadows, creeks come tumbling down from massive glaciers, views extend to distant peaks and up to the cliffs and ramparts of Mt. Hood, and wildly scenic camps invite overnight stays. Bring your camera, pack along a flower identification guide, and savor a mountain wilderness at its finest."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,450 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Late July to mid-August
Hood River Ranger District (Mount Hood National Forest)
Local Contacts
Green Trails: Government Camp, Mount Hood
Local Maps