Getting High on Cooper Spur in Mount Hood, Oregon
Getting high in Oregon is as simple as a short drive to one of the Cascade Range peaks. For Portland-area hikers who want the altitude without the gear and red tape of a major summit climb, a summer hike of Cooper Spur trail on the east face of Mount Hood offers a straightforward and safe ascent from treeline to a spectacular alpine environment. Grab your water bottle and some sunblock, and stop for a snack at an old rock shelter as you ascend 3,000 ft to your stopping point at Tie-In Rock. From this spot, where rock becomes ice, trained mountaineers will continue on to the summit—marvel at their exceedingly dangerous route up the sheer face to the top, and peer down into the ice-blue crevasses of Elliot Glacier to your right. On a clear summer day, several prominent volcanic peaks dot your north and south horizons.