Elk Cove Trail #631

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail enters the Mount Hood Wilderness on the north side of Mount Hood.  Hikers are rewarded with close, open views of the north side of Mt. Hood. There are beautiful displays of wildflowers from mid July to August. 

This trail begins at Laurance Lake Road (Forest Road 2480) (3,250’) and ends at its junction with Timberline Trail #600 (5,450’). From Laurance Lake Road, immediately cross Pinnacle Creek and head east up an old road 1 mile to the first switchback.  Continue along the old road 0.2 mile to where the trail leaves the road (look for a rock cairn).  Follow the trail uphill approximately 1.5 miles east to gain Inspiration Ridge. The trail is easy to follow as it generally stays on the ridge for the next 1.9 miles to the junction with Timberline Trail #600. There are some areas of switchbacks in the steeper sections.  The upper section of the trail meanders more gently along the broadening ridge. The upper section crosses a shallow stream and gently switchbacks up a ravine to the junction with Timberline Trail #600.  To visit Dollar Lake from the south end of this trail (#630), turn right (west) on #600 and travel 0.7 mile to the junction with Dollar Lake Trail #600C.  Turn left (south) and travel 0.2 mile to Dollar Lake. To make an 8.7 mile loop, continue on Timberline Trail #600 0.3 mile to Pinnacle Ridge Trail #630.  Turn left (north) on #630 and travel 3.1 miles to Laurance Lake Road (Forest Road 2840).  Leave a car here or follow Forest Road 2840 approximately 2.5 miles (making the loop total 11.2 miles) back to the trailhead for this trail at Forest Road 2840.  

Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 07/0/14/2013 Trail maintained. 
Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood River Ranger District

General Information


From Hood River, take Oregon Hwy 35 south 15 miles to the town of Mount Hood.  Turn right at Oregon Hwy 281 (Cooper Spur Rd), near milepost 85, and travel 2 miles to the town of Parkdale.  From the center of Parkdale, go south on Clear Creek Road (across from McIsaacs Store) and travel approximately 2.7 mi to Laurance Lake Road (Forest Road 2840). Go right (west) on Laurence Lake Road approx 4.2 miles to Kinnickinick Campground at Laurance Lake. Just west of Kinnickinick Campground, leave the pavement, turn left and head south onto Forest Road 2840 for approximately 1.1 miles to the trailhead starting at Forest Road 2840-650. 



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