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Elk Cove Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Trailhead kiosk, Elk Cove Trail (bobcat)
The former footbridge over Pinnacle Creek at the trailhead (Tom Kloster)


Hikes starting here

Driving Directions

Drive I-84 east and take Exit 64 for Highway 35, White Salmon, and Government Camp.

After exiting, turn right on Button Bridge Road, and go 0.3 miles to a Stop sign at a four-way intersection.

Continue straight here for Odell, Parkdale, and Mt. Hood, and drive 13.0 miles on Highway 35.

Then turn right on Cooper Spur Road for Parkdale and Cooper Spur (the Mt. Hood Country Store is here), and go 1.8 miles to the intersection with Baseline Drive. Keep straight here to stay on Cooper Spur Road, and continue 2.8 miles to the junction with Evans Creek Drive.

Turn right, and drive 0.5 miles before making a left turn onto Laurance Lake Drive for Laurance Lake.

Proceed 4.2 miles on this road, which becomes one-lane paved FR 2840 with stretches of gravel and, after passing the Clear Branch Dam, turn left at a fee kiosk (you don’t have to pay for your trailhead).

This keeps you on FR 2840: drive 1.1 miles and turn left into the parking area at the Elk Cove Trailhead

Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Self-issued wilderness permit; wilderness rules apply
  • Information kiosk at trailhead

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Oregon 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.

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