Mount Hood Sightseeing Directions From Government Camp

Mount Hood Summer Sightseeing Directions From Government Camp
$5 Day Pass or $30 Annual Pass for the Northwest Forest Recreation Pass Required at all Trailheads and Lakes in Summer. Sno-Park Permit Required November – April. (America The Beautiful Pass is valid at Trailheads but not at Trillium, Frog, Clear or Timothy Lake)
 
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1. Skibowl Adventure Park– 3800′ Elevation at Base  – Address: 87000 US-26, Government Camp, Oregon
No parking permit required in Summer at Skibowl. Sno-Park Permit Required November – April. 
      Skibowl East – In the middle of Government Camp turn at Multorpor Drive (Turn @ 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, Parking Pass Required for Trailhead. Parking is available in the Skibowl parking lot if the trailhead is Full. 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 located in the Huckleberry Inn.
 
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2. Timberline Lodge– 6000′ Elevation at Base – Address: 27500 E Timberline Road, Government Camp, Oregon
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. No parking permit required in summer. Sno-Park Permit Required November – April.  Access to out & back day hiking trails including Timberline Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Timberline to Town Mountain Bike Trail, Glade Trail etc. 
 
      3 Restaurants (Blue Ox, Ram’s Head & Cascade Dining Room) located inside this beautiful Historic Lodge built by the WPA and CCC in 1938. 
Scenic Chair Lift Rides in Summer & Skiing/Snowboarding usually available year round! 
 
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3. Mt. Hood Meadows – 4500′ Elevation at Base – Address: 14040 Oregon 35, Mt Hood, Oregon

      White River Viewpoint & Hiking Area – From Hwy 26 exit Right towards Hood River onto Hwy 35, go 5 Miles then park in the White River Lot on the left. A great place to stop for pictures of Mt. Hood or an out & back Hike. Northwest Forest Parking Permit required in summer. Sno-Park Permit Required November – April.
 
      Sahalie Falls – Continue on Hwy 35 for almost 8 Miles, going past the main entrance to Meadows, then Turn Left at Hood River Meadows Nordic Center. For the 5 Mile Round Trip Waterfall Hike (or the 10 Mile Elk Meadows Hike) you can park at the Elk Meadows/Sahalie Falls Trailhead near the Port-a-Potty. Trails are marked but maps and/or GPS are highly recommended for these hikes.

To skip the hike, and drive directly to the falls, go past the trailhead then turn Left at the gravel road, which is the Old Highway 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 straight on the Old Highway 26 then turn Right to go up the main Mt. Hood Meadows Access Road. From Hwy 35 exit at Mt. Hood Meadows/Benette Pass and go straight north. Go past the Sunrise Parking Lot then park on the road across from the Maintenance Building/Snow Cat Shop to access the gravel trail on the Right, walk 5 minutes to the Falls.
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4. Trillium Lake Viewpoint, Hiking Area & Paddlesports – 3500′ Elevation – Address: Trillium Lake Road, 2 Miles off of Hwy 26
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 Are or drive past the Day Use Area and park at the Dam. Best Viewpoint of the mountain will be from the Dam in the Southeastern corner of the lake. There is an Easy 2.5 Mile Hike around Trillium Lake that takes about an hour. Northwest Forest Parking Permit required in Summer. Sno-Park Permit Required November – April. Kayak, Canoe & Paddleboard deliveries available from Mt. Hood Outfitters at mthoodoutfitters.com or (503) 715 – 2175. 
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5. Little Zigzag Falls – 2500′ Elevation – Address: 1/4 Mile past Kiwanis Camp which is located at 83500 Kiwanis Camp Rd, Rhododendron, Oregon
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 and a Port-a-Potty. 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 in Summer. Sno-Park Permit Required November – April.
 
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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! Northwest Forest Parking Permit required in summer. Sno-Park Permit Required November – April.

 

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7. Salmon River Road– 2000′ Elevation – 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. Northwest Forest Parking Permit required in summer. Sno-Park Permit Required November – April.
 
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9. 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 1828 towards McNeil Campground, then continue straight (do not go over the bridge) 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 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. 
 
      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. 
 
      Frenches Dome Rock Climbing – Follow Lolo Pass for 7.5 Miles from Hwy 26. Then turn Right at the Gravel parking area where you will see a  Port-a-Potty. 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. 
 
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10. Columbia River Gorge – 160′ Elevation
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Article and Photographs by Sarah Kramer

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