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

Lost Lake Campground

1. Lost Lake Campground

Despite its name, it’s quite hard to lose sight of Lost Lake Campground! 125 sites (and 18 vault toilets) are set on the edge of the 245-acre lake,...

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Trillium Lake Campground

2. Trillium Lake Campground

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Trillium Lake Campground shines brighter than Rihanna wearing diamonds. It’s so popular it’d win a student government election! There are 52 single...

Alex
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...
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Lazy Bend Campground

3. Lazy Bend Campground

Lazy Bend Campground is equal parts laidback, lush, and lively. Chill at one of the 21 campsites--most of which are ideal for tent camping--look...

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Little Crater Lake Campground

4. Little Crater Lake Campground

Little Crater Lake Campground is one of the most scenic spots in the Mt. Hood National Forest (shhh, don’t tell anyone!). Not far from camp you’ll...

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Indian Henry Campground

5. Indian Henry Campground

Indian Henry Campground is a hot bed of activity, boasting a bustling 86 sites! Campsites are situated at an elevation of 1,249 feet, in Oregon’s...

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Hideaway Lake Campground

6. Hideaway Lake Campground

Leave civilization in the dust when you pick from the nine sites that border Hideaway Lake. And if one lake isn’t enough for ya (maybe you have a...

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Lockaby Campground

7. Lockaby Campground

Whether you’re super relaxing or super recreation-ing, there’s something for everyone at Lockaby Campground! Just steps away is the plentiful...

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Sunstrip Campground

8. Sunstrip Campground

To river, or not to river… Is that even a question? It shouldn’t be when the nearest source is the Clackamas, which boasts amazing whitewater...

Jon James
Jon James: Sunstrip is a great small basic Campground. With only a handful of tent sites it is rarely crowded. Stuck between a spatering...
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Green Canyon Campground

9. Green Canyon Campground

Last one at the campground is a rotten egg! Green Canyon Campground is a first-come, first-served group right in the thick of the forest, just how...

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Rainy Lake Campground

10. Rainy Lake Campground

Rain, sunshine, snow, we wanna go! Come here with your angling arsenal, and Rainy Lake will make it rain Brook Trout. Exhaust your luck at this...

David
David: Beautiful, peaceful campsites. Very clean outhouse w/ plenty of toilet paper. Mosquitos were abundant, but not bad enough to...
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Lost Creek Campground

11. Lost Creek Campground

Find your new yome at Lost Creek Campground! No, that wasn’t a typo either, a yome is a yurt and a home (combined!) and you can reserve one here....

Cristina
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...
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Cloud Cap Saddle Campground

12. Cloud Cap Saddle Campground

After a long slumber due to a forest fire in 2011, Cloud Cap Saddle Campground reopened its sky-scraping arms in August of 2014. Three sites at an...

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Black Lake Campground

13. Black Lake Campground

Amenities, who needs ‘em! With no water, and no restrooms, it’s just you and Mother Nature. When you make it out to Black Lake Campground, chances...

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Armstrong Campground

14. Armstrong Campground

Reservable campsites in Mt. Hood National Forest! And potable water! If you’re jonesin’ for a trip to the wilderness, Armstrong Campground is an...

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Bagby Campground

15. Bagby Campground

Bagby Campground is a gem in Mt. Hood National Forest. Here you can find campsites with an uncommon feature: new fire rings and tables! The fee for...

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Meditation Point (Timothy Lake) Campground

16. Meditation Point (Timothy Lake) Campground

Inner peace awaits you at the five non-reservable, hike or boat-in only sites at Meditation Point (Timothy Lake) Campground. Peeps come near and...

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Breitenbush Lake Campground

17. Breitenbush Lake Campground

Breitenbush Lake campground provides limited facilities, and unlimited possibilities! These 20 sites are for the independent traveler who is...

Caroline
Caroline: We camped here over the July 23rd campground and a few things to say about it: The campground itself was nice. Large campsite...
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Kinnikinnick (Laurance Lake) Campground

18. Kinnikinnick (Laurance Lake) Campground

You’ll experience serious hood vibes at Kinnikinnick (Laurance Lake) Campground, Mt. Hood vibes, that is! Just like the unique spelling of its...

Ken
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...
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Sherwood Campground

19. Sherwood Campground

Sherwood you stay the night? Just north of Sherwood’s 14 non-reservable campgrounds you’ll find trails to your heart’s content. But if hiking ain’t...

Makenzie
Makenzie: This campground is right off the Highway and is near quite a few hikes in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The Tamanawas waterfall...
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Kingfisher Campground

20. Kingfisher Campground

There’s so much to experience at Kingfisher Campground, you might as well book multiple trips in advance! Voyagers can try their hand at rafting 5...

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Fifteenmile Campground

21. Fifteenmile Campground

There are no reservations at Fifteenmile Campground’s three sites, no services provided, and best of all, camping is free. 99. Fifteenmile Trail...

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Paul Dennis (Olallie Lake) Campground

22. Paul Dennis (Olallie Lake) Campground

Lakefront property at $15/night? Can’t beat it! Paul Dennis (Ollalie Lake) Campground consists of 17 non-reservable sites, frequented for its...

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 with tons of wash outs....
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Shellrock Creek Campground

23. Shellrock Creek Campground

You’ve got a picnic table, a grill, firepit, dirt, trees and the sun. Sounds like it’s going to be a good time at Shellrock Creek Campground! Usage...

Jason
Jason: Great campsite! Try and minimize cars. One car per campsite will fit but no more than that. The best thing about this campsite...
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Still Creek Campground

24. Still Creek Campground

Sleep well at Still Creek, as the sounds of burbling water echo throughout the campground. Stay well knowing you’re at one of the closest...

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Bonney Meadow Campground

25. Bonney Meadow Campground

Bonney Meadow Campground is located on a high ridge near a lush meadow, what else could you ask for? Okay, maybe hiking, horseback riding, or...

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McNeil Campground

26. McNeil Campground

Isn’t it time to take a McWeekend away from the city? Arrive at McNeil Campground and you can do just that, without much intrusion from neighbors...

Briana
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...
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Bonney Crossing Campground

27. Bonney Crossing Campground

Will you go fishing, horseback riding, or hiking when you stay at Bonney Crossing Campground? Whatever your game plan, make sure to check the...

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Alpine Campground

28. Alpine Campground

Since you’ll be spending most of your time outside near the base of Mt. Hood, why not stay outside? At Alpine Campground, five (or more) nights is...

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Horseshoe Lake Campground

29. Horseshoe Lake Campground

You’ll ‘lake’ what you see at Horseshoe Lake Campground! At $15/night, reservations can be made to secure your spot at this six-site,...

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Carter Bridge Campground

30. Carter Bridge Campground

Will you go fishing or whitewater rafting in the wild Clackamas River, just steps away from the Carter Bridge Campground? On the plentiful...

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Hoodview (Timothy Lake) Campground

31. Hoodview (Timothy Lake) Campground

The view of Mt. Hood. That’s what Instagram was made for, we’re sure of it. Get all the snaps you need from Hoodview Campground, one of four...

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

32. Summit Lake Campground

Started from the bottom now you’re here! Summit Lake Campground is a grand alternative to the busy campgrounds on Timothy, Clear, and Trillium...

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Wahtum Lake Campground

33. Wahtum Lake Campground

We love lake, and Wahtum is a good’n! Take the Wahtum Express trail, and your dreams of living vicariously off of the lake are fulfilled as you...

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Underhill Site Campground

34. Underhill Site Campground

Underhill Site Campground is comprised of two free, non-reservable, unmaintained sites. That leaves it up to you to keep it in tip-top shape! At...

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Clear Lake Campground

35. Clear Lake Campground

Let us make it clear for you--Clear Lake Campground is an adventurer’s paradise! Lake lovahs can boat, swim, fish, and sail on the lake; and while...

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Lower Eightmile Crossing Campground

36. Lower Eightmile Crossing Campground

Lower Eightmile is not to be confused with its more popular, 23-site cousin, Eightmile Campground. At Lower Eightmile, there are only three,...

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Riverside Campground

37. Riverside Campground

To river, or not to river… Is that even a question? It shouldn’t be when the nearest source is the Clackamas, which boasts amazing whitewater...

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Raab Campground

38. Raab Campground

The more, the merrier! Raab Campground is a newer, group-centric getaway for those who are looking for the space of multiple campsites or have...

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Lower Lake Campground

39. Lower Lake Campground

No restrooms, no water, no reservations, no problem! That’s what camping’s about, right? Though a reservation isn’t required, there is a fee of...

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Riley Horse Campground

40. Riley Horse Campground

Man and wild live amongst each other at Riley Horse Camp that boasts six equine-fine sites out of the total 14 available. The horses have it good...

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Fish Creek Campground

41. Fish Creek Campground

Will you go whitewater rafting or cast into the wild Clackamas River, just steps away from Fish Creek Campground? On the plentiful Clackamas River,...

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Nottingham Campground

42. Nottingham Campground

No restrooms, no water, nada problem. Nottingham Campground is a little retreat off of Highway 35 on the East Fork Hood River, and welcomes you...

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Keeps Mill Campground

43. Keeps Mill Campground

Like the majority of Mt. Hood National Forest campgrounds, the five tent-only sites at Keeps Mill are first-come, first-served! Here you can angle...

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Barlow Crossing Campground

44. Barlow Crossing Campground

There are many dispersed campsites along Barlow Creek--and Barlow Crossing Campground is not one to pass up. Unless of course, if you’re arriving...

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Peninsula (Olallie Lake) Campground

45. Peninsula (Olallie Lake) Campground

Lakefront property at $15/night? Can’t beat it! Peninsula (Ollalie Lake) Campground consists of 35 single (and one double) non-reservable sites,...

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Roaring River Campground

46. Roaring River Campground

To river, or not to river… Is that even a question? It shouldn’t be when the nearest source is the Clackamas, which boasts amazing whitewater...

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McCubbins Overflow Campground

47. McCubbins Overflow Campground

McCubbins Gulch Campground was full, wasn’t it? Here, you can enjoy the same OHV lands, fishing from the Warm Springs Tribal Waters (with permit)...

Post Camp Campground

48. Post Camp Campground

It’s likely that the area status of Post Camp Campground is unknown, but it’s good to check the current conditions anyways! If you do venture out...

McCubbins Gulch Campground

49. McCubbins Gulch Campground

McCubbins Gulch Campground is a hotbed for OHV fun, so bring the toys! Fifteen non-reservable sites at $11/night await your arrival. And if you’re...

Frog Lake Campground

50. Frog Lake Campground

At Frog Lake Campground, you can bet that you won’t be counting sheep--but frogs as they sing (ribbit) you sweet, (ribbit) lullabies under the...

Ben
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...
Little Badger Campground

51. Little Badger Campground

Use of Little Badger Campground is light, so your chances of scoring one of the three non-reservable sites are golden! Vehicles up to a 16 ft. max...

Forest Creek Campground

52. Forest Creek Campground

Head east of Forest Creek Campground, and you’ll run into Boulder Point for a mighty view. Head west, and you’ll reach the White River. Stay at one...

Badger Lake Campground

53. Badger Lake Campground

Four non-reservable sites and one vault toilet reside for those who dare to take this rustic road less traveled. Speaking of roads, some sections...

Oak Fork (Timothy Lake) Campground

54. Oak Fork (Timothy Lake) Campground

Imagine your epic lake fort at Oak Fort (Timothy Lake) Campground, and your search ends here! Peeps come near and far to let their hair blow in the...

Camp Ten Campground

55. Camp Ten Campground

Though a reservation isn’t required, ya still gotta shell out 15 big ones for the night at Camp Ten Campground. Located on Ollalie Lake, activities...

Rainbow Campground

56. Rainbow Campground

Rainbow Campground will lead you to your own personal ‘pot of gold’, whether that be an artisanal s’more at the end of a day’s hike, whitewater...

Gone Creek (Timothy Lake) Campground

57. 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 wind above the waters of 2+ mile Timothy Lake,...

Barlow Creek Campground

58. Barlow Creek Campground

Three is the magic number! At Barlow Creek there are three campsites, and perhaps three main activities--hiking, chasing fish, and super relaxing...

Pine Point Campground

59. Pine Point Campground

Located on the south shores of Timothy Lake in the shadows of Mt. Hood, Pine Point Campground is perhaps the best place to bring the whole lot out...

Riverford Campground

60. Riverford Campground

To river, or not to river… Is that even a question? It shouldn’t be when the nearest source is the Clackamas, which boasts amazing whitewater...

Tollgate Campground

61. Tollgate Campground

A convenient spot for anyone coming from Portland, Tollgate Campground is right on the Zigzag River and prime pickings to explore the Mt. Hood...

Pebble Ford Campground

62. Pebble Ford Campground

Use of Pebble Ford Campground is light, so your chances of scoring one of the three non-reservable sites are golden! Flyfish to your heart’s...

Rock Creek Reservoir Campground

63. Rock Creek Reservoir Campground

Egads! Reservable campsites in Mt. Hood National Forest! And potable water! That’s because the 33 sites at this campground border Rock Creek...

Joe Graham Horse Camp

64. Joe Graham Horse Camp

Talk about horsing around, Joe Graham Horse Camp fits up to 41 stallions! Each campsite comes with horse corrals, vaults, and campfire rings with...

Clackamas Lake Campground

65. Clackamas Lake Campground

Click, clack, click, clack is what you’ll hear at equine-friendly Clackamas Campground! When you’re not horsing around, there are plenty of...

Clear Creek Crossing Campground

66. Clear Creek Crossing Campground

Take your pick from seven non-reservable sites when you reach Clear Creek Crossing Campground! $11/night isn’t too shabby for a sweet spot to fish...

Ripplebrook Campground

67. Ripplebrook Campground

Imagine the sounds you’ll hear at Ripplebrook Campground--spotted owls hooting at night, an actual babbling brook (not the ones that used to come...

Triangle Lake Horse Camp

68. Triangle Lake Horse Camp

Does your horse like to go camping as much as you do? The name of Triangle Lake Horse Campground isn’t ironic, it’s a retreat for horse campers...

Eightmile Campground

69. Eightmile Campground

Eightmile campground is a frequented spot within Mt. Hood National Forest with 21 easily accessible, and non-reservable campsites, 3 vault toilets,...

The Cove (Timothy Lake) Campground

70. The Cove (Timothy Lake) Campground

Located on the south rim of Timothy Lake, the Cove Campground offers 10 hike-in or bike-in tent sites. You won’t find any drinking water or...

Lake Harriet Campground/Day Use

71. Lake Harriet Campground/Day Use

At Lake Harriet Campground, voyagers can dip their toes in the 22-acre lake for a leisurely swim, fish from a nearby dock, or venture out via water...

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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 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 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 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

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.