Snowshoe to the Tilly Jane A-Frame

Tilly Jane Sno-Park, Mount Hood, Oregon, United States

  • Activities:

    Snowboarding, Chillin, Camping, Photography, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Winter

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.7 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1900 Feet

Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Groups
Scenic

Transport yourself into a winter wonderland only two hours outside of Portland, OR.

Built in the 1930's, the Tilly Jane A-Frame sits on the North side of Mount Hood at around 6,000ft. The cabin is very popular during winter months as it is located only 1,000ft below the tree line and offers beautiful snowshoeing, hiking, skiing and snowboarding opportunities, yet is also a popular day-hike destination.

Parking is available at the Tilly Jane Sno-Park on Cloud Cap Rd near the Cooper Spur Ski Area (a pass will be needed to park here). In order to get to the cabin, snowshoes or skis are highly recommended as the trek up is fairly steep. Do not let the low mileage fool you, it will be a tiring ascent! The trail will open up near the top and the peak of Mount Hood will come into view, as well as nearby Mount Adams, Mount St. Helen's, and distant Mount Rainier.

The cabin itself is two stories with a loft being on the second floor. Reservations can be made by several groups at the same time for up to 20 people, giving you the opportunity to make plenty of outdoor friends! Be sure to make your reservations two days in advance in order to receive instructions to access the cabin. Find more information and make reservations here: http://www.recreation.gov/camping/tilly-jane-aframe/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=72353

Pack List

  • Sno-Park Pass
  • Reservations completed 2 days in advance for A-Frame if staying the night
  • Backpacking essentials
  • Water purification
  • Food (Wood burning stove in the cabin)
  • Beers
  • Snowshoes
  • Skis/Snowboard if planning to ride
  • Warm clothes! It is very cold in the cabin!
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Made my first ever visit to Tilly Jane a couple weeks ago and I was back the next weekend to explore the area again. With snow currently at early season levels, the crowds were thin but enough to make for some good company along the way and at the cabin while the trek up was straight forward. Consistent use makes for a good path though we ended descending in snowshoes on my second visit just to get some additional footing in the icy terrain that day. The A-Frame cabin its self is beyond impressive and a great place to warm up, if it's open for the day and the trails from there further into the backcountry seemed to offer some incredible views though we opted for the out and back route. Definitely plan to go back as the snow levels rise this winter.

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about 1 year ago

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