Mount Hood Sightseeing Directions From Government Camp

Mount Hood Sightseeing Directions From Government Camp

May 15 – October 1 Northwest Forest Recreation Parking Pass required at all Trailheads and Lakes – $5/Day or $30/Annual
November 1 – April 30 
Sno-Park Parking Pass required at all plowed parking areas above 2500′ – $6/Day or $30/Season
Most Trails & Roads are marked but a tangible or downloaded map & a hiking app with satellite is highly recommended. 

1. Skibowl Adventure Park – Address: 87000 US-26, Government Camp, Oregon – 3800′
In Summer no parking permit required. November – April Sno-Park Permit required.
In September, Skibowl is open on weekends only and is closed October 1st until Snow Arrival.

      Skibowl East – In the middle of Government Camp turn at Multorpor Drive (@ Charlie’s Bar) continue over the Bridge that will take you to the Skibowl East parking lot for Ziplining, Bungee Jump, Go Carts, Horseback Riding in Summer,
Cosmic Tubing & Skiing/Snowboarding in the Winter.

      Skibowl West – Go West down Government Camp Loop Road and cross Hwy 26 just after the Mt. Hood Brewery.
Continue Straight to the Skibowl West parking lot for the 
Guest Services, Alpine Slide & Mountain Bike Park in Summer,
Skiing/Snowboarding in the Winter.

      Mirror Lake – Trailhead Parking is on the south side of Hwy 26 just West of Skibowl. May 15 – October 1 Parking Pass required for Trailhead. Addt’l parking is available in the Skibowl Parking Lot. This is a moderate 3 Miles round trip hike from the Trailhead and 4 Miles round trip from the Skibowl Parking Lot. 800′ elevation gain up to this small alpine lake.

Government Camp Trails – “Crosstown Trail & Through Town Hiking & Biking Instructions” can be picked up at the Mt. Hood Cultural Center & Museum. Mountain Bikes, Snowshoes & Cross Country Ski Rentals, Guided Adventure Tours & Trail Information available at Mt. Hood Outfitters (503) 715 – 2175 located in the Huckleberry Inn in Government Camp.

2. Timberline Lodge– Address: 27500 E Timberline Road – 6000′
Drive 1/4 Mile East of Government Camp Loop Road then turn Left (North) at the huge wooden sign for Timberline Lodge and continue 6 Miles (about 15 minutes) up to the Lodge. In Summer no parking permit required. November – April Sno-Park Permit Required.  Access to hiking trails including 
Timberline Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Timberline to Town Mountain Bike Trail, Alpine Trail, Glade Trail etc. There are 3 Restaurants at Timberline Lodge: The Blue Ox, The Ram’s Head & The Cascade Dining Room
Scenic Chair Lift Rides, Hiking & Mountain Biking available in Summer & Skiing/Snowboarding usually available year round!

3. Mt. Hood Meadows – Address: 14040 Oregon 35, Mt. Hood, Oregon – 4500′
White River – From Hwy 26 exit Right towards Hood River onto Hwy 35, go 5 Miles then park in the White River Lot on the left. This viewpoint & hiking area is a great place to stop for pictures of Mt. Hood or an out & back Hike. May 15 – October 1 Northwest Forest Parking Permit required. November – April Sno-Park Permit required.

Sahalie Falls – Drive north on Hwy 35 for almost 8 Miles, past the main entrance to Meadows. Then, 1 Mile north of the main entrance, turn Left at Hood River Meadows Nordic Center. Park at the Elk Meadows/Sahalie Falls Trailhead for the 5 Mile Round Trip Waterfall Hike or the 10 Mile Elk Meadows Hike.

*To skip the hike, and drive directly to Sahalie Falls, go past the Trailhead then turn Left at the gravel road, which is
the Old Hwy 26 which quickly turns to pavement. Follow that One-Way road until you see a bridge.
Park just before the bridge and get out to explore this lovely multi-pitch waterfall.

Umbrella Falls – From Sahalie Falls continue south on the Old Highway 26 over the bridge then turn Right at the next 2 intersections to go up the main Mt. Hood Meadows Access Road. From Hwy 35 exit at Mt. Hood Meadows/Bennett Pass and go straight north. Go past the Sunrise Parking Lot then park on the road at the small Trailhead sign which is across from the Maintenance Building/Snow Cat Shop to access the gravel trail on the Right, walk 5 minutes to the waterfall.

4. Trillium Lake Viewpoint – Address: Trillium Lake Road, 2 Miles off of Hwy 26 – 3500′
Best Viewpoint of the mountain will be from the Dam in the Southeastern corner of the lake. Drive East on Hwy 26 go 2 miles past Government Camp, then turn Right onto Trillium Lake Road & follow the pavement for 2 miles, going past the Campground. Park in the Day Use Area or drive past the Day Use Area and park at the Dam.  There is an Easy 2.5 Mile hike around Trillium Lake that takes about an hour. May 15 – October 1 Northwest Forest Parking Permit required. November – April Sno-Park Permit required. Kayak, Canoe & Paddleboard deliveries available from Mt. Hood Outfitters at or (503) 715 – 2175.

5. Little Zigzag Falls – 2500′ Elevation – Address: 1/4 Mile past Kiwanis Camp which is located at 83500 Kiwanis Camp Rd
Drive West on HWY 26 (towards Portland) then turn Right on Kiwanis Camp Road also labeled Road 39, just before the chain up area. Continue for 2 Miles to the end of the road where you will encounter the Trailhead. This is an Easy 1.2 Mile round trip hike along the winding Zigzag River to a refreshing and beautiful 40′ Waterfall.
Northwest Forest Parking Permit required May 15 – October 1. Sno-Park Permit required November – April.

6. Tamanawas Falls – 6150′ Elevation at the Falls – Address: Hwy 35, Mt. Hood, Oregon
Drive East on HWY 26 then take the exit Right towards Hood River and continue North on HWY 35 past Mt. Hood Meadows for 10 Miles, park in the lot on the Left just past Sherwood Campground.
Go Right from the parking lot to cross over the Bridge, then TURN RIGHT after the bridge. When you come to the next bridge, turn Left and continue to the Falls. This is an out & back hike that is about 4 Miles Round Trip. Tamanawas Falls forms a broad curtain where Cold Spring Creek thunders over a 150’ lava cliff!
May 15 – October 1 Northwest Forest Parking Permit required. November – April Sno-Park Permit required.

7. Salmon River Road – 2000′ – Go West on Hwy 26 just past the Zigzag Ranger Station then turn Left on Salmon River Road (turn at the Subway Sandwich Shop) and continue for 5-7 Miles to access trails. Old Salmon River Trail will be on the Right. Salmon River Trail #742 will be 7 miles from HWY 26 on your Left just before the Bridge. 5 Miles from HWY 26 you will see Salmon River Slab Rock Climbing. May 15 – October 1 Northwest Forest Parking Permit required.
November – April Sno-Park Permit Required.

8. Lolo Pass – 2000′ Elevation – Drive West on Hwy 26 2 Miles past Rhododendron, then turn Right on Lolo Pass,
just after the 
Zigzag Ranger Station.

      Bald Mountain Viewpoint Hike – Follow Lolo Pass for 4 Miles then turn Right (North) on Forest Road 1825 towards McNeil Campground, then continue straight (do not go over the bridge) Onto Forest Road 1828 follow signs to Top Spur Trailhead driving 5.8 Miles to a Y in the road, then stay right and follow the gravel road for 1.6 Miles to the Trailhead. Bald Mountain Hike is .5 Miles up then Right for 500 yards on the PCT to the Wilderness Check In Station. Then turn high right onto the Timberline Trail #600. Follow this trail UP through the forest to the viewpoint then continue straight until you see a sign on the Left for Cutoff Trail. Go up and over for .1 Mile then turn Left on the Timberline Trail back to the Wilderness Check in Station. Then go straight on the PCT for 500 yards then TURN LEFT to go .5 Miles back down to the parking area.
May 15 – October 1 Northwest Forest Parking Permit required.

      Ramona Falls – Follow HWY 26 to Zigzag. Turn north on Lolo Pass Road (Forest Road 18). Follow it four miles. Turn east (right) onto Forest Road 1825 and continue 0.6 miles, turn Right across Bridge and then continue 1.7 miles to a road junction. Bear left at the junction onto Forest Road 1825-100 and drive 0.3 mile. Take a left onto Forest Road 1825-024 to a large open parking lot (0.2 mile). The hike is 7 Miles Round Trip and includes a river crossing using fallen trees.
May 15 – October 1 Northwest Forest Parking Permit required.

      Frenches Dome Rock Climbing – Follow Lolo Pass for 7.5 Miles from Hwy 26. Then turn Right at the Gravel parking area. The hike to the rock is short and easy at .4 Miles Round Trip! This 150′ lava shoot has over 25 Bolted Sport Climbing Routes.
May 15 – October 1 Northwest Forest Parking Permit required.

10. Columbia River Gorge – 160′ Elevation

Multnomah Falls, Hood River, The Dalles, Wineries, The Fruit Loop, Kiteboarding & Windsurfing
Northwest Forest Parking Permit required year-round.

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