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Cooper Spur Via Eliot Glacier View Trail [CLOSED]

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Mount Hood National Forest

Cooper Spur Via Eliot Glacier View Trail [CLOSED] is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 3,028 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Rock climbing Bird watching Forest Views Snow Closed
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Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. A fun hike up the Eliot Glacier on Mt. Hood's Northeast flank. Good mountaineering practice and great views. This climb to the headwall of the Eliot Glacier is a great chance to practice mountaineering skills such as using an axe, ropes, belay, crevasse rescue, etc. Make sure to wear a climbing helmet because there could be rockfall. You'll have great views north towards Mt. Adams and St. Helens.

Cloudcap Trailhead directions: Follow Highway 35 south of Hood River to signs pointing to the Cooper Spur Ski Resort, then follow the bumpy 9-mile Cloud Cap Road from the Cooper Spur ski area.

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Kim Jacobson
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

This was a super awesome hike. I’m not sure the 5.5 miles is accurate as we were almost 12 miles to get to the top— but we got some awesome views from up there and they have a cute registry you can sign. Most of the trail is super open with no shade so be sure to bring sunscreen, water and some snacks. The drive up there is really cool and remote with some bumpy/gravel roads. Definitely recommend doing it if you can.

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Dawson Wills
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Andrew Rivera
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Hiking

Climbed to 9000ft glacier from there on up

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Pete Johnson
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Martha Sutter
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HikingFeeNo shadeRockyScramble

Such a beautiful trail!!!! you really can’t beat the views, literally anywhere on trail there are amazing views ahead and behind you. I mainly followed the “trail” that is on here, but took some of the switchbacks where the “trail” was just very loose gravel. i ended up clocking 10 miles by the end so wouldn’t say 5.5 is v accurate. definitely get all the way up to the top (9000ft) it’s so worth the challenge! the top would’ve been warm if i didn’t spill half of my water bottle all over me hehe. there’s pretty much no shade on this trail as most of it is on ridges above the tree line, so pack plenty of water and sunscreen. also, there are some mentions of potentially needing a high clearance vehicle to get to cloud cap inn, but i did it in my prius so all my lil car peeps you are solid!!! stay safe xxxx

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Srijana Sapkota
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HikingFeeGreat!Rocky

One of the best hikes in Oregon. It took us around 50 minutes for the last 9 mile drive on rough one lane road to reach the parking area on our Sedan. Mesmerizing views of Mt. Hood throughout. If you are like me who stops like thousand times to take photos, this route will slow you down. :) It is so beautiful. The trail is exposed almost all the way. Please carry enough water, food, sunscreen, hat, poles, sunglasses, may be gaiters too (if you are not wearing long hiking pants). Beautiful views of Oregon High desert, Mt. St. Helens, Rainier, Adams, Jefferson and Three Sisters. It was a hot day and little windy on top.

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matt dennis
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Absolutely brilliant and awe inspiring hike with ever changing striking views of Mt Hood, Elliot glacier, smells of belching sulfur, and distant views of peaks: Baker, Rainier, St Helens, Adams, Jefferson, the Sisters etc. Cons: dust/silt that gets kicked up on the trek, direct sunlight as you quickly emerge from the treeline, hiking in scree/silt so dicey progress, hiking at elevation (eg thinner air), long dirt road to get to parking area. Recommendation: dust mask if hiking with more than yourself, at least 3liters of water, hiking poles, a good hat for sun/sunscreen, good lunch, binoculars, and a good camera for stunning photos.

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Misha Stroyev
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The BEST views of Mt Hood and the glacier!

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Vince Beltrone
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Ayan Das
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BackpackingNo shadeScramble
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Amrik Kerketta
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HikingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

I started this late in the day and didn't get as far as I wanted because a storm system was rolling in and I got a little 'lost' in a canyon. The views of Hood are spectacular - this side of the mountain is rugged, dangerous, and a force of nature. I saw some giant rockfalls high up on the mountain. Adams and Helens are visible to the North. I went up the Eliot Moraine trail, which meant I didn't pass the Cooper Spur stone shelter. Misunderstanding my guide, I was looking for the shelter to the right of the Spur trail. It is actually just to the right of Timberline Trail which eventually joins up with the Eliot trail. I went down into the canyon, which was a little exciting, but, there is a chance of rockfall from above, and it was hard to find my way back out of the canyon. Despite being a hot 90°+ day, it cooled down a lot, and there was quite a bit of wind on the exposed ridge. Be prepared for that and dust. Cloud Cap Road is driveable for pretty much any car; I have a Subie so had no issues. Only the very last couple of hundred feet into the parking area was a little tough. Finally - take a moment to explore historic Cloud Cap Inn and the grounds around it.

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Eldo Bri
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Best hike to take a friend on to push themselves. 7 peak views. Surprisingly super crowded. Cloud Cap road was in good enough shape to take a small front wheel drive Mazda hatchback onto

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John Ortiz
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Great trail. This was my first hike up a mountain of any kind. In the past it’s just been normal park hikes. We left at 7:08am and made it to the top at 11:22am. I walked slow and the guys half my age walked fast but waited. We slept at the top for about 50 minutes . Part of the trail was covered with snow so we hiked straight up over rocks until we saw the trail again. On the way down we took the ridge line to save some time. Left at 12:20 and got back to the car at 2:20. The weather was great going up and a bit windy at the top but hot coming down. There is no shade so be prepared. I took 2L of water. 3 is more than enough for this hike. Poles are recommended.

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Jake Reichardt
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