Timberline High Point Camp

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Timberline High Point Camp

Post by drm » August 31st, 2020, 5:16 pm

When I did the loop a few weeks ago I walked past those various camps at and near the high point as well as saw easy water access. I love those high alpine camps, so off I went last Friday. Since the road up to Cloud Cap and Tilly Jane is a nuisance, I hiked up from the base of the Tilly Jane trail near Cooper Spur Ski area. 3500 feet up in about 5 miles.
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At about 5000 feet on the Tilly Jane trail
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Cooper Spur and Hood from near the stone shelter
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My camp at 7300'
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After hanging out in camp I decided to hike up this ridge. Went to about 7800 feet.
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Two smoke plumes and Mt. Jefferson. The smoke was mostly going north.
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You get a quick sunrise up there

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Re: Timberline High Point Camp

Post by retired jerry » August 31st, 2020, 5:24 pm

Yeah, that's a great place to camp.
Where did you get drinking water.
You must be able to go up that ridge and then continue to cooper spur, tie in rock?
Or continue the other direction and go down to mt hood meadows. I think you've done that before.

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Re: Timberline High Point Camp

Post by drm » September 1st, 2020, 6:31 am

My spot was about 100 yards north of the large cairn that marks the high spot. The ravine 100 yards the other direction had decent water, even in the morning. I wonder what the extended heat wave we are now going into is going to do to it. I think most of the water there is from a snowfield just above and I'm not sure it will outlast a long heat wave.

I also wonder what an extended heat wave will do to all the water crossings for loopers. Could be tough by the weekend.

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Re: Timberline High Point Camp

Post by retired jerry » September 1st, 2020, 8:01 am

that stream is sometimes very silty

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Re: Timberline High Point Camp

Post by Chip Down » September 1st, 2020, 8:51 am

drm wrote:
August 31st, 2020, 5:16 pm
Since the road up to Cloud Cap and Tilly Jane is a nuisance, I hiked up from the base of the Tilly Jane trail near Cooper Spur Ski area. 3500 feet up in about 5 miles.
Not as crazy as it sounds. Tends to be ignored, except when the gate to Cloud Cap is closed. But it's a nice trail, isn't it? Still, I wouldn't lug camping gear up it.

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Re: Timberline High Point Camp

Post by retired jerry » September 1st, 2020, 9:11 am

not too many other people

if you hike from cloudcap or tilly jane, the distance to the top isn't that great. Isn't that bad to add a few miles by going from the bottom

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Re: Timberline High Point Camp

Post by drm » September 1st, 2020, 9:14 am

Jerry - the water was clear this trip.

Chip - I'm just a sucker for a good trail. :lol: And I have been up this trail many times - mostly on skis or snowshoes, like you say, when the road is gated.

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