The bug were not to to bad for this time of year. Turn right (west) at an intersection marked for Parkdale. 08-01-20 This is one of the easiest graded spur trails on Wy’east. Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842 | http://www.mthood.info/hikingtrails/elkcove631.pdf. Sufficiently enlarged, the lenticular (banner) cloud at the summit has a pinkish tail. *** FYI There is no official connection between the Elk Cove and Pinnacle Ridge trailheads. Elk Cove is such a special place, but don't underestimate this trail - especially if you're a backpacker or have an excited four-legged friend on a leash. The shrubs and smaller trees are a bit overgrown onto the trail so i would cover your legs for the hike. Difficult (to Dollar Lake) 9 miles round trip. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Look for the rock cairn to go up the trail (it’s about 1.5 miles on the old logging road and then a switchback to a normal trail). We later discovered that it was literally a toilet, with tp bits scattered under the trees near our site. The foreground trees refused to move out of the way. Drive 2.8 miles, turning right (west) on Lawrence Lake Drive. The trail is wide and easy to navigate but the top section is very steep and the loose dirt is … on the north side of Mt. I didn’t have time to finish this hike since I went off trail for a bit, but it was really beautiful to see the contrast of dead trees with new growth. If you’re looking for an easier hike to Elk Cove than from Cloud Cap Trailhead, this is a fine option. (no bridge) I found this crossing to be easy and the logs were sturdy. Drive this route for another two miles until making a right at Clear Creek Road in the town of Parkdale. Once we got to Elk Cove it made the view just a little more sweet. I opted not to use any but did have it with me just in case it got worse. 9.2 miles with 2,100 ft elevation gain. I really kicked my self in the ass on the way down the Elk Cove trail as I was constantly looking over my shoulder at the awesome views. The Tomales Point area is a popular destination for visitors wishing to view tule elk, birds, and wildflowers.The historic Pierce Point Ranch offers a glimpse into the early dairy ranching days on the peninsula. It is a popular backpacking area along the Timberline Trail. We only saw two sites and one was taken, so we took the other. At the lake, turn left onto Road 2840 for one mile, parking where the old Road 650 split from 2840. This is not straight out of the camera; various Aperture controls were invoked. While there are many approaches to this area, we chose to hike up on the Elk Cove Trailhead near the Laurance Lake Campground. The spectacular Coe Glacier dominates the north face of Mount Hood, and craggy Barrett Spur rises like a black wall above the meadows, framing the idyllic scene. However, this is a much quieter alternative route to Elk Cove that avoids the crowds and bumpy access roads of the Vista Ridge and Cloud Cap approaches. Open mid-July through October. Muddy, down trees in path, some snow/ice, used micro sprikes. Elk Cove is tucked away in a remote area of Mt. Fri 09/11 (2.9 miles) Walk around Kincaid park Thu 09/10 (6.8 miles) Hike near Flat Top Hood. After bushwhacking for a bit I added another 2 miles to the hike on forest roads, uphill, to get back to my truck totaling 11.5 miles. Views open up west to Vista Ridge and both Owl Point and Katsuk Point become visible. Nothing to hard to climb or step over. Elk Cove is a meadow in the Mount Hood Wilderness on the north side of Mount Hood in the U.S. state of Oregon. This hidden Eden became even quieter after a glacial flood closed … Timberline National Historic Trail #600 (USFS), Elk Cove & Pinnacle Ridge (Oregon Adventures), https://www.oregonhikers.org/w/index.php?title=Elk_Cove_Hike&oldid=96657, Backpackable: Yes—connects to the Timberline Trail. From the creek, the trail follows an old watercourse, or dry gully, and passes a campsite. 2350 feet elevation gain. Maintenance crews had just cleared about half the blowdows from this past winter so not too much of an obstacle course. Turn left on the Timberline Trail for a few yards for the most sublime view of the mountain rising above acres of wildflowers. A short 0.4-mile (0.6-km) trail leads down to the beautiful McClures Beach. Trail Log: Elk Cove Hike/Log; Hike type: In and out Distance: 9.3 miles round-trip Elevation gain: 2300 feet High point: 5,475 feet Difficulty: Moderate Seasons: July – November Family Friendly: No Backpackable: Yes—connects to the Timberline Trail Crowded: At Elk Cove on weekends Add-on Hikes: Barrett Spur Add-on Hike; Dollar Lake Add-on Hike I would not do the loop as the Pinnacle trail head is not in the same parking lot so you would have to walk down a gravel road for a few miles to get back to your car. Hiked 7/18/20. Follow this rough road another mile and the trail begins at a bend in the road. The first section of our Timberline Trail trip took us from Timberline Lodge to Elk Cove. Backpackers should camp at one of numerous spots in the trees at the east or north ends of the cove, along the Timberline and Elk Cove trails, and not in the fragile meadows. Enjoy, be safe, and always leave no trace. Around mile 15, you’ll see a cut-off trail, which cuts off some of the mileage as the actual trail loops and backtracks for a few miles. Hood, but Huckleberry, fireweed, and bear-grass flourish among the lodgepole pines here. Elk Cove is tucked away in a remote area of Mt. Be careful here though. Of the many wildflowers found here, none is as prolific as the western pasque flower, which blooms immediately after snowmelt, and thus before most hikers arrive. Hiking up a lush meadow, you'll see a longer spur leading left down to a secluded campsite. Most all of these types of activities on this page are within 25-60 minutes drive north or south of the Elk Cove Inn. Miles of flowers in bloom, with reds, yellow and violet flowers disappearing into the distance. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map: Self-issued wilderness permit; wilderness rules apply. NOT THE LOOP. The Pinnacle stands out on Pinnacle Ridge, across the valley of Pinnacle Creek. Continue another mile further to a road junction and turn left onto Road 650 (a right turn heads to the Pinnacle Ridge trail). Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Map The park brochure is available in a number of different formats, including audio-description and text-only. Hood, with its first dusting of autumn snow, 2013 September 26. Trail crews have brushed and logged out the first 3 miles (thanks!) Hood via the Elk Cove Trail (#631). This is by far the most scenic trek on the north side. We have mountain ranges, national forests, rocky coasts, crashing waterfalls and high desert. A short spur leads left to a rocky outcropping, sometimes called Inspiration Point: this used to be the best vantage point for open views on the trail before the 2011 fire. At the traffic light, turn right towards Parkdale. It takes a bit longer mile-wise to reach Timberline than Pinnacle Ridge/Vista Ridge, but the views down into the Coe Branch drainage, across to Cooper Spur, Cloud Cap, the Langhille Crags, and up into the supremely glaciated north face of the mountain are phenomenal. Mileage will be approximately 4 ½ each way with about 1700 feet of elevation gain going in and about a 400 foot loss into Elk Cove. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from July until October. The Dollar Lake fire burned a majority of the shade on these north side trails and this one is no exception, so UV protection is absolutely imperative. Wildflowers in full force. Subalpine firs and mountain hemlocks form tree islands, and clumps of mountain ash glow with red-orange pomes (berries) in late summer. Hood. Arguably the prettiest and quietest timberline meadows at Mt. Keenan, John, Hunter and I left Timberline Lodge at about 5PM on Thursday evening. Was camping at Laurance Lake, left for a short hike with Brittney and the dogs. Elk Cove Hike. Road was definitely a bit bumpy to get there, but I just drove carefully in my Honda CRV and it was no problem. Lots of down tree scramble- but that’s part of the adventure right? Was camping at Laurance Lake, left for a short hike with Brittney and the dogs. The views at the meadow are amazing. Loved this hike! To start the trail you do cross over a creek via your choice of log. Walking the road back might have been quicker! XF1: From Elk Cove Trail, No. The trail was clearly marked about 1.5 miles up the gravel road (after log crossing) by a rock cairn. The Elk Cove Trail starts there and climbs up the left side of your view from Owl Point — obviously to Elk Cove. Turn left on Clear Creek road (across from McIsaacs Market) and drive south for approximately five miles to Road 2840 (Laurence Lake Road). Just follow the road at the end. 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