Elk Cove Trail

HARD 15 reviews
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Elk Cove Trail is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mt Hood, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.3 miles
2647 feet

dogs on leash




wild flowers


Directions from Hood River: Travel south on Highway 35 for approximately 14 miles to the community of Mount Hood. Turn right at the general store onto Cooper Spur road and continue for another mile. At the traffic light, turn right towards Parkdale. Turn left on Clear Creek road (across from McIsaacs Market) and drive south for approximately five miles to Road 2840 (Laurence Lake Road). After passing Kinnickinnick Campground at Laurence Lake, continue to the left on Road 2840. Continue another mile further to a road junction and turn left onto Road 650 (a right turn heads to the Pinnacle Ridge trail). Follow this rough road another mile and the trail begins at a bend in the road. Parking is limited and larger vehicles may have difficulty turning around.

25 days ago

Gate/Road/Campground is closed 3.5 miles from trailhead for construction for awhile. 9 mile loop turned into 18 mile out and back due to road closure, then hiked a couple miles at the end in the snow where the loop started to go back down lost the trail and it was getting sketchy at the top so turned around. Would only recommend expert hikers do this one right now (end of May) and pack snow shoes. Not very maintained, lots of trees fallen over the trail. Other than not being able to do the loop, had fun :)

Friday, July 15, 2016

The hike is made more difficult with all the fallen trees you have to contend with, but Elk Cove is worth the effort. A memorable hike.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Did anyone hike this recently ?

Needed info about how much snow should we expect.

Monday, September 21, 2015

This hike is stunning. Amazing view of hood, beautiful forestry and clearings.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Not sure how this is listed as a 3.6 mile hike, the out and back is 10.4 miles and you'll want to walk around the cove and enjoy the flower display if you time it right. Hike through Dollar Fire burn most of the way. Found out why some hikers where pants, the trail was very brushy. The flowers were outstanding at Elk Cove, worth the trip.

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