Elk Cove Camp via Vista Ridge Trail #626 and Timberline Trail #600
At the beginning of this trail, you'll climb through the remains of a forest fire, so don't expect much shade. Once you get further up the mountain, you'll hit the forest and hike near treeline. At this point you'll take a left to head towards Elk Cove, and cross a few ridges before getting there. Elk Cove is a beautiful little area with amazing views of Mt. Hood directly above you.
This is a great hike to do as an out and back backpacking trip for 1-2 nights.
The trailhead here is pretty sparse, with only room for 5-10 cars and no amenities.