Backcountry Recreation

Photo courtesy Peter Cornelison

No chairlifts here.

The north side is where you earn your turns!

Mt. Hood offers priceless backcountry recreation in all seasons:

  • 2,200 acres of wild and roadless backcountry
  • Mt. Hood’s only accessible non-motorized recreation area
  • Tilly Jane Trail – heavily used by skiers, snowshoers, and hikers
  • Affordable recreation for all


Popular trails include the Tilly Jane Trail 600ATilly Jane Ski Trail #643Wagon Road Trail #642, and Timberline Trail. The Tilly Jane Ski Trail provides direct access to the Cloud Cap/Tilly Jane area which is immensely popular with backcountry recreation enthusiasts.

Loop hike from Tilly Jane Campground – map courtesy USFS.

Tilly Jane Cabins

The Tilly Jane Cabins are a favorite destination for today’s outdoors minded folks. “You can still have an experience very similar to the early mountain pioneers”, said Andre Fortin, the current volunteer cabin caretaker.

Most folks park in at the winter snow park and hike up and spend a night or two at the cabins in winter months. In summer, you can drive to within a ¼ mile of the cabins and hike your gear over from the Tilly Jane campground parking lot. The A-Frame is rustic with no running water or electricity. There are many trails to explore both in summer and winter and it’s always fun to climb up to the stone hut when the weather allows.

The cabins are currently managed by the all-volunteer, Oregon Nordic Club and are available for public rental. Rentals are managed by To learn more about the cabins, please visit the Oregon Nordic Club website.

Photo by Tom Kloster

Photo courtesy Keith De Wit