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Attention : The cabin is not available for ''W'' walk up visitation as noted in the availability section. Do not expect to walk up and stay overnight! ALL overnight stays require that a reservation be made at least 2 days in advance of your expected stay. Once a reservation is made, the door lock code will be included in the Reservation Confirmation e-mail within the Security Alerts section.


part ofMt Hood National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Apr 30 2016   Season Dates


The Tilly 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 backcountry skiing activities.

During the summer months the A-Frame is easily accessed by taking a short quarter mile 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 climb the historic Tilly Jane ski 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. Backcountry travel experience is highly recommended.

Natural Features:

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 within the Cloud Cap/Tilly Jane Historic District. It was built in the late 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was used extensively by the American Legion in its early days. The facility is surrounded by old growth trees and is roughly 1,000 feet below tree line. It is operated and maintained by the all-volunteer, Oregon Nordic Club, under permit from the Forest Service. A cook shed is adjacent to the A-Frame, but has been condemned by the Forest Service.


Visitors must hike, snowshoe or ski to the facility during the winter months. During the summer season, it is possible to drive up and walk to the structure. Multiple trails can be accessed from the A-Frame, some of which are well marked and others covered by snow for most of the year.

Nearby trails offer a variety of day trips, including to the Cooper Spur Stone shelter which offers great views of the majestic Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainer.


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 two picnic tables, benches, a few chairs and a wood stove for heating and boiling/melting snow.

In warmer months, water can be found with a short walk to Tilly Creek. We advise that all water be treated or boiled. In winter, water can be obtained by digging an access hole to Tilly Creek or by melting snow using the pots provided at the cabin. A primitive outhouse with a pit toilet is provided within the alcove of the structure. You will need to bring your own toilet paper.

Guests will also need to provide sleeping bags and pads, warm clothing, headlamps, cooking pots/pans, stove and fuel, matches or a lighter. It is best to treat your stay as a backpacking trip, bringing everything you’d need minus a tent. Several lanterns and replacement mantels are available. You will need to provide the one pound green propane canisters if you wish to use the lanterns. Firewood and splitting tools are provided.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Backpacking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Firewood
  • Group Camping
  • Historic Sites
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailhead
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • The cabin is locked: if you do NOT find the lock code combination within the Security Alerts Section of your confirmation notification, please e-mail tillyjanecabin@gmail.comor contact the Hood River Ranger District (541-352-6002, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) during office hours to report this issue and obtain the lock code for valid reservations. .
  • This is the Tilly Jane A-Frame, NOT the Tilly Jane Guard Station
  • No dogs are allowed
  • Drinking water is NOT available; in winter – melt snow or access water via Tilly Creek. In summer – bring your own or filter water via Tilly Creek
  • Guests must walk a quarter mile to the facility in summer
  • In winter, guest access is via the 9-mile gently sloping road or hiking the Tilly Jane Trail, a 2.7 mile hike with a 1,900 feet elevation gain. Both are good runs for moderate skiers.
  • Be prepared for extreme winter weather conditions; guests should be experienced in back country travel and survival skills.
  • A snow park permit is required to park at Tilly Jane Sno-Park. These can be purchased at the Hood River Ranger Station or at many other locations in the Columbia Gorge Area. Click Here for more details
  • There is no electricity or sewer hookups at this facility
  • While at the A-Frame, please carry your confirmation letter, it contains the door lock code and can be used to resolve any reservation disputes
  • Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, the facility is available for day use; a $3 fee can be placed in the lockbox to support maintenance and firewood expenses
  • Learn more about Mt Hood National Forest

    • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    45.39889, -121.64806
    45°23'56"N, 121°38'53"W

    From Hood River, OR – South on Hwy 35 for 8.5 miles, past the Hood River Ranger Station. Look for the Cooper Spur Inn sign and turn right off Hwy 35 (just North of Olallie trailhead). Drive Forest Road 3512, to Cooper Spur Inn. Turn left onto the Cloud Cap/Tilly Jane Road #3512. The first trailhead is just past the intersection with Cooper Spur ski area, with parking on the right and the trail head on the left side of the road. This is the trailhead used for winter travel. Cloud Cap/Tilly Jane Road #3512 is gated/locked and not plowed in winter. In summer months, continue up the long winding Road #3512, veering left onto Road 630 near the top. Taking a right will lead you to the Cloud Cap and Snowshoe hut structures. Park at the Tilly Jane Campground (NW Forest Pass required or parking permits available on site) and take the Tilly Jane Trail, 600B, a quarter mile to its intersection with the Tilly Jane A-Frame.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    C/O Hood River Ranger Station - 6780 Highway 35
    Parkdale  OR  97041

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (541)352-6002
    E-mail questions to: tillyjanecabin@gmail.com This account is managed by the Oregon Nordic Club


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