Tilly Jane Tr643 is a steep trail which ascends the eastern flank of Mount Hood, too short to be a destination ride but offering plenty of challenge for those seeking a tough climb.
Using the 5.8mi (5% ascent) FR3512 to replace the 2.1mi (15% ascent) Tilly Jane Tr643 does reduce the grade to something more manageable, but the downhill is not worth such a long fireroad ascent, leaving this ride best suited for those able to manage a 15% ascent.
Depending on trail conditions, it may be possible to create a return loop with Polallie Ridge Tr643A (sometimes called Beargrass Path).
Be sure to check with the Parkdale Ranger Station on current conditions prior to riding either of these trails in the Spring or early Summer.
Nearby Dog Rvr Tr675 offers a more reasonable ride profile, with a long enough downhill to make the ascent worth the effort.
The Gunsight-Gumjuwac loop ride offers an even steeper downhill than Polallie Ridge Tr643A.
Timberline Trail 600, Pacific Crest Trail 2000-G and surrounding trails form a hub and spoke trail system around Mount Hood in classic Pacific Northwest trails circumnavigating Mount Hood with alpine vistas, waterfalls, alpine meadows and west side Cascade forest.
This section of the Pacific Crest Trail extends from Barlow Pass to Lolo Pass, with Timberline Trail 600 surrounding the north and east sides of Mount Hood at the treeline, from Yocum Ridge to Timberline Lodge.
Timberline Trail 600 was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s, with challenging glacial-fed drainages crossing Newton, Coe, Muddy Fork, Sandy and White Rivers.
Wilderness permits are required and locator beacons are suggested. Mount Hood Summit info.
Timberline Tr600 TopSpur east to Cloud Cap crosses Lad, Coe and Eliot streams, with late season snow due to northern exposure and well established campsites at Mcneil Point, Carin basin (stone shelter) and Elk Cove.
Elk Cove Tr631 offers open views of the northern Mount Hood. The upper section wanders gently along the broadening ridge, crossing a shallow stream, then following a drainage switchback to the Timberline Tr600 intersection.
Pinnacle Ridge Tr630 follows Pinnacle Ridge to the scenic timberline area of Wy’east Basin and the Barrett Spur. After several stream crossings on the way to the treeline, cross a wet meadow area, after which the trail becomes faint, then is reestablished in the woods. Cross alpine meadows on the upper section of the trail, with close views of Mount Hood snowfields and spurs.
Vista Ridge Tr626 combines with Eden Park Loop Tr600H and Timberline Tr600, and offers relatively quick access to Elk Cove, Barrett Spur, Eden Park, Cairn Basin and Wy'east Basin.
Polallie Ridge Trail 643A, Tilly Jane Trail 643
Bottle Prairie Trail 455, Cedar Creek Trail 457, Cooks Meadow Trail 639, Dog River Trail 675, East Fork Trail 650, Eightmile Creek Trail 459, Fifteenmile Trail 456, Horkelia Meadows Trail 20, Knebal Springs Trail 474, Lookout Mountain Trail 450, Oak Ridge Trail 688A, Surveyors Ridge Trail 688, Underhill Trail 683, Zig Zag Trail 678
Bluegrass Ridge Trail 647, Elk Meadows Trail 645, Lake Branch Trail 32, Laurance Lake Loop Trail 12, Mazama Trail 625, N Section Line Trail 451, Pinnacle Ridge Trail 630, Polallie Falls Trail 29, Robinhood Trail 11, Sadle Trail 16, Tamanawas Falls Trail 650B, Tamanawas Tie Trail 650B, Timberline Trail 600, Vista Ridge Trail 626
Cloud Gap Saddle Campground, Sherwood Campground, Tilly Jane Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.