Mt. Hood National Forest

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About Mt. Hood National Forest

Over the northern Williamette River and through the woods, to Mt. Hood National Forest we go! Located twenty miles east of the city of Portland, Oregon, the Mt. Hood National Forest extends across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes, and streams. Before embarking on a journey into the depths of this fiercely forested area, check the National Forest Website or give the ranger’s station a call at (503) 668-1700. A wilderness permit is required from May 15 through October 15 and must be in your possession. Lucky you, permits are free and self-issued at trailheads and wilderness boundaries. Score! Scan for weather alerts and notices before you head out, especially in the winter due to snowfall. Whether you plan on shredding Mt. Hood, or squatting in the forest, check for any necessary passes or permits prior to your trek, and devote a nice evening to mapping out your journey!

Campgrounds in Mt. Hood

Little Crater Lake Campground
Little Crater Lake Campground is one of the most scenic spots in the Mt. Hood National Forest (shhh,...
Oak Fork (Timothy Lake) Campground
Imagine your epic lake fort at Oak Fort (Timothy Lake) Campground, and your search ends here! Peeps...
Lazy Bend Campground
Lazy Bend Campground is equal parts laidback, lush, and lively. Chill at one of the 21 campsites--most...
Tollgate Campground
A convenient spot for anyone coming from Portland, Tollgate Campground is right on the Zigzag River...
Lost Lake Campground
Despite its name, it’s quite hard to lose sight of Lost Lake Campground! 125 sites (and 18 vault...
Armstrong Campground
Reservable campsites in Mt. Hood National Forest! And potable water! If you’re jonesin’ for a trip to...
Gone Creek (Timothy Lake) Campground
Once you go Gone Creek, you may never go back. Peeps come near and far to let their hair blow in the...
Roaring River Campground
Christine
Christine: Know that the wildlife enjoy organic almond butter almost as much as you and they will chew thru the...
Hideaway Lake Campground
Leave civilization in the dust when you pick from the nine sites that border Hideaway Lake. And if one...
Meditation Point (Timothy Lake) Campground
Inner peace awaits you at the five non-reservable, hike or boat-in only sites at Meditation Point...
Hoodview (Timothy Lake) Campground
Briana
Briana: The gnats get nuts once the sun goes down, but besides that - absolutely beautiful place. People were...
Clear Creek Crossing Campground
Take your pick from seven non-reservable sites when you reach Clear Creek Crossing Campground!...
Bagby Campground
Bagby Campground is a gem in Mt. Hood National Forest. Here you can find campsites with an uncommon...
Still Creek Campground
Sleep well at Still Creek, as the sounds of burbling water echo throughout the campground. Stay well...
Frog Lake Campground
Ben
Ben: This is a neat campground with a good vibe. There is a gas station and convenience store about 2 miles...
Trillium Lake Campground
Alex
Alex: This is a very popular campsite. If you are looking for exclusivity, this isn't your place. Some would...
Lockaby Campground
Whether you’re super relaxing or super recreation-ing, there’s something for everyone at Lockaby...
Lake Harriet Campground/Day Use
At Lake Harriet Campground, voyagers can dip their toes in the 22-acre lake for a leisurely swim, fish...
Kingfisher Campground
There’s so much to experience at Kingfisher Campground, you might as well book multiple trips in...
Fish Creek Campground
Will you go whitewater rafting or cast into the wild Clackamas River, just steps away from Fish Creek...
Carter Bridge Campground
Will you go fishing or whitewater rafting in the wild Clackamas River, just steps away from the Carter...
Breitenbush Lake Campground
Caroline
Caroline: We camped here over the July 23rd campground and a few things to say about it: The campground itself...
Rock Creek Reservoir Campground
Egads! Reservable campsites in Mt. Hood National Forest! And potable water! That’s because the 33...
McCubbins Gulch Campground
McCubbins Gulch Campground is a hotbed for OHV fun, so bring the toys! Fifteen non-reservable sites at...
Lower Eightmile Crossing Campground
Lower Eightmile is not to be confused with its more popular, 23-site cousin, Eightmile Campground. At...
Little Badger Campground
Use of Little Badger Campground is light, so your chances of scoring one of the three non-reservable...
Forest Creek Campground
Head east of Forest Creek Campground, and you’ll run into Boulder Point for a mighty view. Head west,...
Bonney Meadow Campground
Bonney Meadow Campground is located on a high ridge near a lush meadow, what else could you ask for?...
Bonney Crossing Campground
Will you go fishing, horseback riding, or hiking when you stay at Bonney Crossing Campground? Whatever...
Badger Lake Campground
Four non-reservable sites and one vault toilet reside for those who dare to take this rustic road less...
Indian Henry Campground
Indian Henry Campground is a hot bed of activity, boasting a bustling 86 sites! Campsites are situated...
Wahtum Lake Campground
We love lake, and Wahtum is a good’n! Take the Wahtum Express trail, and your dreams of living...
Underhill Site Campground
Underhill Site Campground is comprised of two free, non-reservable, unmaintained sites. That leaves it...
Fifteenmile Campground
There are no reservations at Fifteenmile Campground’s three sites, no services provided, and best of...
Riverside Campground
To river, or not to river… Is that even a question? It shouldn’t be when the nearest source is the...
Lower Lake Campground
No restrooms, no water, no reservations, no problem! That’s what camping’s about, right? Though a...
Joe Graham Horse Camp
Talk about horsing around, Joe Graham Horse Camp fits up to 41 stallions! Each campsite comes with...
Riverford Campground
To river, or not to river… Is that even a question? It shouldn’t be when the nearest source is the...
Alpine Campground
Since you’ll be spending most of your time outside near the base of Mt. Hood, why not stay outside? At...
Riley Horse Campground
Man and wild live amongst each other at Riley Horse Camp that boasts six equine-fine sites out of the...
Ripplebrook Campground
Imagine the sounds you’ll hear at Ripplebrook Campground--spotted owls hooting at night, an actual...
Eightmile Campground
Eightmile campground is a frequented spot within Mt. Hood National Forest with 21 easily accessible,...
McCubbins Overflow Campground
McCubbins Gulch Campground was full, wasn’t it? Here, you can enjoy the same OHV lands, fishing from...
Post Camp Campground
It’s likely that the area status of Post Camp Campground is unknown, but it’s good to check the...
Nottingham Campground
No restrooms, no water, nada problem. Nottingham Campground is a little retreat off of Highway 35 on...
Keeps Mill Campground
Like the majority of Mt. Hood National Forest campgrounds, the five tent-only sites at Keeps Mill are...
Camp Ten Campground
Though a reservation isn’t required, ya still gotta shell out 15 big ones for the night at Camp Ten...
Barlow Creek Campground
Three is the magic number! At Barlow Creek there are three campsites, and perhaps three main...
Sherwood Campground
Makenzie
Makenzie: This campground is right off the Highway and is near quite a few hikes in the Mt. Hood National...
Pebble Ford Campground
Use of Pebble Ford Campground is light, so your chances of scoring one of the three non-reservable...
Paul Dennis (Olallie Lake) Campground
Stacey
Stacey: Definitely not a great place to go if you don't have a truck or suv. The roads are bad around the lake...
Shellrock Creek Campground
Jason
Jason: Great campsite! Try and minimize cars. One car per campsite will fit but no more than that. The best...
Green Canyon Campground
Last one at the campground is a rotten egg! Green Canyon Campground is a first-come, first-served...
Horseshoe Lake Campground
You’ll ‘lake’ what you see at Horseshoe Lake Campground! At $15/night, reservations can be made to...
Summit Lake Campground
Started from the bottom now you’re here! Summit Lake Campground is a grand alternative to the busy...
Pine Point Campground
Located on the south shores of Timothy Lake in the shadows of Mt. Hood, Pine Point Campground is...
McNeil Campground
Briana
Briana: No running water here! But little to no bugs or animals here and decent sized sites. A bit further...
Lost Creek Campground
Cristina
Cristina: Love this place, it is fantastic! CASH ONLY ($20 in July 2015), but it's just 4 mi from town. No...
Clackamas Lake Campground
Click, clack, click, clack is what you’ll hear at equine-friendly Clackamas Campground! When you’re...
Rainy Lake Campground
David
David: Beautiful, peaceful campsites. Very clean outhouse w/ plenty of toilet paper. Mosquitos were abundant,...
Kinnikinnick (Laurance Lake) Campground
Ken
Ken: Just to give some up-dated info, OHV are not allowed in the campground or on the roads in the area....
Cloud Cap Saddle Campground
After a long slumber due to a forest fire in 2011, Cloud Cap Saddle Campground reopened its...
Clear Lake Campground
Let us make it clear for you--Clear Lake Campground is an adventurer’s paradise! Lake lovahs can boat,...
Black Lake Campground
Amenities, who needs ‘em! With no water, and no restrooms, it’s just you and Mother Nature. When you...
Barlow Crossing Campground
There are many dispersed campsites along Barlow Creek--and Barlow Crossing Campground is not one to...
Triangle Lake Horse Camp
Does your horse like to go camping as much as you do? The name of Triangle Lake Horse Campground...
Sunstrip Campground
Jon James
Jon James: Sunstrip is a great small basic Campground. With only a handful of tent sites it is rarely crowded....
Rainbow Campground
Rainbow Campground will lead you to your own personal ‘pot of gold’, whether that be an artisanal...
Raab Campground
The more, the merrier! Raab Campground is a newer, group-centric getaway for those who are looking for...
Peninsula (Olallie Lake) Campground
Lakefront property at $15/night? Can’t beat it! Peninsula (Ollalie Lake) Campground consists of 35...

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Hipcamper Jason

Great campsite! Try and minimize cars. One car per campsite will fit but no more than that. The best thing about this campsite is how wooded and set back from the car it is that you forget you are car camping. Love this spot.

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Hipcamper Ben

This is a neat campground with a good vibe. There is a gas station and convenience store about 2 miles north of the campground on HWY 26 back towards Government Camp for getting fuel and restocking up on supplies.

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Hipcamper David

Beautiful, peaceful campsites. Very clean outhouse w/ plenty of toilet paper. Mosquitos were abundant, but not bad enough to scare anyone away (except for in the morning). Worth the drive up although it can be a little rough at times. Would highly recommend!!

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Hipcamper Cristina

Love this place, it is fantastic! CASH ONLY ($20 in July 2015), but it's just 4 mi from town. No showers but you can bathe in the creek. Pump water fountain. It's a little cloudy, not sure you want to drink that. Ramona Falls is a great nearby hike!

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Hipcamper Makenzie

This campground is right off the Highway and is near quite a few hikes in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The Tamanawas waterfall trailhead is literally less than a five minute walk from the campground. One of the closest towns to the campground is Parkdale, I recommend stopping by and eating at the BBQ place.

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Hipcamper Alex

This is a very popular campsite. If you are looking for exclusivity, this isn't your place. Some would say it's well worth the view, though.

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Hipcamper Jeremy

Visit in the early Spring time and avoid the summer crowd. About a two mile hike to the campground from trillium lake road.

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Hipcamper Briana

No running water here! But little to no bugs or animals here and decent sized sites. A bit further from Mt. Hood than we wanted but still a really cool first come, first serve site. Clean vault toilets, friendly park service.

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Hipcamper Briana

The gnats get nuts once the sun goes down, but besides that - absolutely beautiful place. People were kayaking and fishing all day.

Hipcamper Jon James

Sunstrip is a great small basic Campground. With only a handful of tent sites it is rarely crowded. Stuck between a spatering of other campgrounds tucked away on the Clackamas River this one stands out as it opens earlier in the season than the others in the area. Not far down the road from this campground are also dozens of dispersed campsites in the Mt Hood National Forrest if it happens to be booked. There is even some descent Shallow water swimming to be had in the hotter months.

Hipcamper Sarah

This was a great campground we found on an impromptu trip to Mt. Hood on a holiday weekend, which usually equals disaster when looking for an available campsite. McNiel Campground is situated a little further from the rest of the campgrounds making it a little more private and the campsites were generously sized! Just a short walk away will take you to a nice little river as well.

Hipcamper Ken

Just to give some up-dated info, OHV are not allowed in the campground or on the roads in the area. Camp Host will be on site during camping season from May 1st thru mid-October.

Hipcamper Stacey

Definitely not a great place to go if you don't have a truck or suv. The roads are bad around the lake with tons of wash outs. Drive carefully! The lake is silting in, and the marshy area much bigger than it used to be. Probably from all the beetle kill and damage from forest fires that hit awhile ago. You used to have water directly from the lake, but it's no longer potable, so you have to bring your own. Still no swimming allowed in the lake though. The big old trees I remember as a kid are gone, and it's mostly small hemlocks. Still decent fishing, but the mosquitoes were so numerous it made camping not pleasant. We got eaten alive.

Hipcamper Caroline

We camped here over the July 23rd campground and a few things to say about it:

The campground itself was nice. Large campsite that could easily fit 2-4 tents and 1 car (a few could fit a couple cars). The campground was also about 50% full and seemed far more used than was otherwise indicated. Probably due to the increased traffic, the vault toilets were devoid of paper (so bring your own) and were not the most pleasant smell. Also, I can tell you the mosquitos are still pervasive, especially close to the waters edge, throughout the summer.

The road to the campground was terrible. We drove up in an F-350 dually and while we were able to get up there, we found a few places where we had just over an inch of clearance from boulders and

Hipcamper Christine

Know that the wildlife enjoy organic almond butter almost as much as you and they will chew thru the lid for a taste.

History of Mt. Hood National Forest

Located twenty miles east of the city of Portland, Oregon, and the northern Willamette River valley, the Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mt. Jefferson. The Forest encompasses some 1,067,043 acres.

Our many visitors enjoy fishing, camping, boating and hiking in the summer, hunting in the fall, and skiing and other snow sports in the winter. Berry-picking and mushroom collection are popular, and for many area residents, a trip in December to cut the family's Christmas tree is a long standing tradition.

The Cascade Range Forest Reserve was established in 1893, and divided into several National Forests in 1908, when the northern portion was merged with the Bull Run Reserve (city watershed) and named Oregon National Forest. The name was changed again to Mt. Hood National Forest in 1924.

Some popular destinations that offer rewarding visits are Timberline Lodge, built in 1937 high on Mt. Hood, Lost Lake, Trillium Lake, Timothy Lake, Rock Creek Reservoir and portions of the Old Oregon Trail, including Barlow Road.

There are 314,078 acres of designated wilderness on the Forest. The largest is the Mt. Hood Wilderness, which includes the mountain's peak and upper slopes. Others are Clackamas, Lower White River, Roaring River, Badger Creek, Salmon-Huckleberry, Hatfield, and Bull-of-the-Woods. Olallie Scenic Area is a lightly-roaded lake basin that provides a primitive recreational experience.