Cooper Spur

Cooper Spur and Eliot Glacier

  • Moderate (to shelter)
  • 3-mile loop
  • 1000 feet elevation gain
  • Open mid-July to mid-October


  • Difficult (to Tie-In Rock)
  • 8.2-mile loop
  • 2800 feet elevation gain

The highest hiking trail on Mt. Hood switchbacks up Cooper Spur’s cindery shoulder to Tie-In Rock, where mountain climbers traditionally rope up. From this vertiginous perch, peaks from Mt. Rainier to the Three Sisters dot the horizon. The massive Eliot Glacier writhes below, a splintered river of ice. And if the thought of a 2800-foot ascent leaves you winded, Cooper Spur has a much easier hiking option: a 3-mile loop to a historic stone shelter at timberline.

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This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.

Shelter at Cooper Spur

Shelter at Cooper Spur