Tilly Jane A-Frame

Mt. Hood National Forest

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 November through June. It provides access to scenic terrain, specifically hiking, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing activities. During the summer months (usually July-September) the A-Frame is easily accessed by taking a short quarter mile walk through the Tilly Jane Campground. During the winter months (October-June), 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 nine 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 with climbing skins or snowshoes are highly recommended, and often necessary! Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety. Backcountry travel experience is highly recommended. 

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. The cabin is equipped with two picnic tables, benches, chairs, a wood stove for heating and boiling/melting snow. In warmer months, water can be found with a short walk to Tilly Jane 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 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. 

The A-Frame is located high on the north side of Mt. Hood at an elevation of 5,700 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. 

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, St Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainer.

Permit & Season Information

The cabin is available for use every day by purchasing a reservation permit. In the summer (typically July through October), the cabin can be accessed by car to within 1/4 mile of the cabin. During the winter months, November through June, guests are required to ski or snowshoe to the cabin. Depending on the conditions, guests must be prepared for over-snow travel with minimal trail signage.  

Need to Know

Fee Policy

Reservation Fee: $6.00 (non-refundable) 

Recreation Fee: $20 per person reservation per night (A minimum of two people are required per reservation/permit, $40.)

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy 

If you cancel your reservation seven days or more prior to your arrival date, you will receive a full refund, minus a $6 non-refundable reservation fee. If you cancel your reservation six days or less prior to your arrival date, there is no refund and you will be charged another $6 transaction fee. 

Change Policy 

Changes can be made to the group size or to the length of stay if made seven days or more prior to your arrival date and depending upon availability. Changes cannot be made to the reservation if made six days or less prior to your arrival date. Changes cannot be made once you've printed your reservation, there will be no refund. 

Print Permit Information 

You may print your permit up to seven days prior to your arrival date. Once you print your permit, you cannot make changes to your reservation.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

6780 Highway 35 Parkdale OR 97041

reservations@tillyjanecabins.org (best communication method). E-mail is reviewed throughout the day

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