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Tilly Jane Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The Tilly Jane Guard Station (bobcat)
Silver firs scorched in the 2008 Gnarl Ridge Burn near Tilly Jane (bobcat)
A-frame at Tilly Jane (bobcat)

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Information

The Tilly Jane Trailhead is located near the historic Tilly Jane Guard Station. There are several other buildings. There is a decent pit toilet and at least 20 campsites, although you have to walk a ways to some of them. There is no drinking water, but Tilly Jane Creek, which is reliable year-round, runs right next to the campground.

This can be used as an alternate to the Cloud Cap Trailhead. If you're going clockwise on the Timberline Trail, for example to Cooper Spur, Tilly Jane is 0.1 mile closer but 130 feet more elevation gain compared to Cloud Cap. If you're going counter-clockwise, for example to Elk Cove, Tilly Jane is 0.5 miles farther and 130 feet 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 there, and the campground is bigger.

Fees and facilities

  • Northwest Forest Pass (or America the Beautiful Pass) required
  • Campground, pit toilet
  • Self-issued wilderness permit

Driving Directions

Via Sandy:

From the last traffic light in Sandy, drive Highway 26 east for 30.9 miles past Government Camp and bear right onto Highway 35 for Hood River.

Drive 16.9 miles on Highway 35 and turn left onto Cooper Spur Road.

Go 2.4 miles and make a sharp left onto Cloud Cap Road opposite the Inn at Cooper Spur.

After 1.0 miles, keep right for Tilly Jane Campground and Cloud Cap. Keep right again after 0.5 miles. Here the road becomes gravel.

Wind up for 8.3 miles (The upper part of this section has numerous water bars, so go slowly!) to a junction.

Turn left here and drive for 0.5 miles to the Tilly Jane parking area.

Via Hood River:

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

Turn right after exiting and then right again 20 yards later at another Stop sign. From here, drive 0.3 miles to a Stop sign at a four-way junction.

Go straight here on Highway 35 for Odell, Parkdale, and Mt. Hood. Drive 22.5 miles up Highway 35.

Make a right turn onto Cooper Spur Road for the Cooper Spur Mountain Resort. Go 2.4 miles and make a sharp left onto Cloud Cap Road opposite the Inn at Cooper Spur.

After 1.0 miles, keep right for Tilly Jane Campground and Cloud Cap. Keep right again after 0.5 miles. Here the road becomes gravel.

Wind up for 8.3 miles (The upper part of this section has numerous water bars, so go slowly!) to a junction.

Turn left here and drive for 0.5 miles to the Tilly Jane parking area.


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