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Tilly Jane Hike

From Portland Hikers Field Guide

Cooper Spur Shelter and Mount Hood (Tom Kloster)
Polallie Canyon from the Tilly Jane Trail (bobcat)
Mt. Hood and pine/hemlock parklands on the Tilly Jane Trail (bobcat)
  • Start point: Tilly Jane TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • Ending Point: Cooper Spur Shelter
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Loop
  • Distance: 3.0 miles round-trip
  • Elevation gain: 1100 feet
  • High Point: 6800'
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: July - November
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: Yes - connects to Timberline Trail
  • Crowded: On summer weekends

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Hike Description

An alternate to the Cloud Cap Trailhead is the Tilly Jane Trailhead.

If you're going clockwise on the Timberline Trail, for example to Cooper Spur, Tilly Jane is 0.1 mile closer but 130' more elevation gain Cloud Cap. If you're going counter-clockwise, for example to Elk Cove, Tilly Jane is 0.5 miles further and 130' more elevation gain. In other words, the distance and elevation gain isn't significantly different.

The road to Tilly Jane is a little better, there are way fewer people parked here, and the campground is bigger.

There is only one hike specified for Tilly Jane - up directly to Cooper Spur Shelter and back via Cloud Cap. This covers the two trails unique to Tilly Jane. You could also do any of the hikes given from Cloud Cap Trailhead.

The Tilly Jane Trail 600A, comes into Tilly Jane from Cloud Cap from the west, and leaves Tilly Jane steeply up to the south. For this hike, take the south trail. The trail goes steeply up to the junction with the Timberline Trail at mile 1.1. Keep going straight, another 0.1 mile to the Cooper Spur Shelter.

When you're done with Cooper Spur Shelter, go back down 0.1 mile to where you first hit the Timberline Trail. Turn left (north) on the Timberline Trail and go one mile to the Timberline-Cloud Cap Trail Junction|junction]] with the side trail to Cloud Cap Trailhead. Go 0.2 mile to the trailhead.

The final leg of the hike goes east out of Cloud Cap Trailhead, 0.5 miles, back to Tilly Jane.

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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • Hiking Oregon's Geology, by Ellen Morris Bishop
  • 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Portland, by Paul Gerald

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Portland Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.