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TILLY JANE A-FRAME, OR
part ofMount Hood National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
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OverviewTilly Jane A-frame is an ideal getaway for individuals, groups and families who enjoy the great outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The facility is one of the oldest structures on Mt. Hood and is a popular cabin used by winter recreationists. Peak season for use of the cabin is usually December through March. It provides access to scenic terrain, specifically hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing activities.
During the summer months the A-frame is easily accessed by taking a short, 1,320-foot walk through the Tilly Jane Campground. During the winter months it serves as a winter retreat for persons hardy enough to make the effort to get to the cabin from the Tilly Jane Sno-park. Winter conditions often exist for nine months of the year. Visitors can ski to the cabin following a 9-mile, gently sloping road, or ski the Tilly Jane Trail, which is roughly 2.7 miles, with an elevation gain of 1,900 feet. Skis or snowshoes are highly recommended.
Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The A-frame is located high on the north side of Mt. Hood at an elevation of 5,900 feet. It is one of five structures in the area, built in the late-1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and is part of the Cloud Cap/Tilly Jane Historic District. The facility is surrounded by old growth trees near the tree line. It is operated and maintained by the Oregon Nordic Club, under a permit from the Forest Service. A cook shed is adjacent to the A-frame, but has been condemned by the Forest Service.
Visitors must either hike, snowshoe or cross country ski to the facility and such activities abound in the surrounding area. Multiple trails can be accessed from the A-frame, some of which are well-marked and others covered by snow most of the year.
The 24-by-48, two-story structure has a sleeping loft, accessed by a ladder, that can accommodate up to 20 people. More than one group may reserve the facility at the same time. It is equipped with picnic tables and several benches and a wood stove for heat and cooking.
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Know Before You Go
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Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Hood River, Oregon, travel south on Highway 35 for 8.5 miles, past the Hood River Ranger Station. Look for the Cooper Spur Inn sign and turn right off Highway 35, just north of Olallie Trailhead, onto Forest Road 3510 and drive to Copper Spur Inn. Turn left at the Cloud Cap/Tilly Jane Road 3512. The first trailhead is just past the intersection with Forest Service Road 620, with parking on the right and the trail on the left side of the road. This is the trailhead that is used in the winter to ski to and from the cabin. Most visitors ski the Cloud Cap Road to the Tilly Jane Campground.
The second trailhead is at the Tilly Jane Campground, at the end of the long, winding Cloud Cap Road 3512 and the short Spur Road 630. From the Tilly Jane Campground, take the Tilly Jane Trail 600B a short distance to its intersection with the Tilly Jane A-frame.
The safest way to ski down is the Cloud Cap Road (Forest Service Road 3512). This can be a long (8.5 miles), miserable slog if there is soft snow. The Old Wagon Road shortens this distance by about 4 to 5 miles, but involves steep slopes in the upper section of the road. The shortest route and probably the safest in poor snow conditions is to walk down the Tilly Jane Ski Trail, a distance of 2.7 miles.
Mailing Address:TILLY JANE A-FRAME
Hood River Ranger Station - 6780 Highway 35
Parkdale OR 97041
Phone Number:Project Office:(541)352-6002
The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.