We spent Independence Day up on Enola Hill. The owner, Rachel, recommended it after we stayed on another of her properties a few weeks ago. Rachel is kind, helpful, and our experience on her other property was great. So we went for it, and are so glad we did! This is the kind of spot you hesitate to write any review about because you want to be able to book it when you want. It's a serene, secluded mountain meadow full of beautiful ferns, daisies, foxglove, with spectacular views of the peak of Mount Hood to the northeast and the mountains to the south. While we were there, the butterflies were out in full force, making you just wanna plop down in the middle of the meadow and watch them leap among all that benevolent flora. Who needs fireworks! (Please, don't bring any fireworks.) Plenty of dispersed spots to set up your tent, and some nicely-appointed amenities such as the picnic table, super-cool fire pit, and well-maintained pit toilet. I even loved the old, rusty tractor which provided more than a few moments of hilarity.
As others have stated, the USFS road is pretty rough. It's not as bad as some others I've been on, but I probably wouldn't try it in anything with a lower clearance. But, frankly, this would be a great spot to have someone drop you off on the Mt. Hood Highway, and hike the three miles up the road to the spot. Next time! .
So close yet far enough!
Salmon Lookout was a fantastic spot. We always tent camp dispersed, further up the mountain(s), but this was a welcome, easy jam from the city, with all the amenities we’d ever need near by,. Yet we felt like we had our own private loge for stunning sunsets that set the passing clouds ablaze behind silhouetted pines. The layout allows you to alternate between the hillside fire pit, nestled next to some grand boulders suitable for perching, and the quiet, starry front porch of the adorably-appointed platform tent. The easy access and location mean you can easily bring all the stuff you might not usually schlep up to camp like tables, stoves, Dominion, and badminton. Have fun! We did!