- Elk Cove Trail climbs a gentle slope to a wilderness entry sign and then switchbacks up to the crest of the ridge. After another mile, a rock outcrop occurs to the left of the trail. This overlook (Inspiration Point) provides a fine view into Coe Branch Canyon and of Mount Hood. The trail continues climbing, steeply at times, until just before reaching a shallow stream. Typically in mid-July the ground beneath the large conifers is white with a carpet of Avalanche Lilies. After crossing the stream, the trail makes several short, gentle switchbacks up a broad ravine to reach a junction with the Timberline trail on the edge of the cove. The remains of a stone shelter are located just a few yards to the southeast. The broken and bleached snags that make the cove attest to the power and frequency of avalanches thundering down from Barret Spur. To reach the summit of Barret Spur, take the Timberline trail west. After rounding the ridge, the trail traverses above a talus slope and the ground above the trail becomes less steep. An unmarked trail follows a shallow depression to Dollar Lake.
From the lake, climb the ridge to the summit at 7,853'. Depending on the time of year, the ridge can be rocky, snowy, icy or a combination of all three. Use extreme caution and stay away from the edge of steep snowy banks. This is a climb of nearly 2,500' above Elk Cove.
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