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Government Camp Trail System

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Overview

The Government Camp area has a wide range of trails for all users and skill levels that take you through old growth forests, lakes, streams, meadows of wildflowers and jaw-dropping vistas. Government Camp and the nearby villages of Mt. Hood offer shopping, dining and lodging in a scenic Cascade setting. The area is surrounded by stunning wilderness. Three popular mountain bike areas are within walking distance or a short shuttle ride. There is also an alpine slide, bungee jumping, zip lining, and other family-friendly pursuits. Come spend a few days in the area to enjoy the variety of destinations and activities! The Government Camp area just over an hour from Portland so that you can visit the City and return to the mountain.

Visiting Tips

The Government Camp Trails can be snowed in from November to as late as June some years. Timberline to Town would be the latest to melt out. The trails are best in late May, June and early July before they get too dry and dusty. September and October can also be excellent with fall colors ablaze! The Sandy Ridge Trail system is open most of the year unless we get snow down low.

Camping & Lodging

There are numerous lodging options in Government Camp ranging from hotels, to fancy vacation homes, to Forest Service campgrounds. The Mt Hood Area Chamber of Commerce websitemthoodchamber.com/mt-hood-l… andmthoodterritory.com/places-…
both offer online lodging options. A lodging brochure is available from the local information centers listed above. Campgrounds in the area include Alpine (near Timberline so it opens later due to snow), Still Creek (located very near Government Camp), and Trillium Lake (located below the town and very popular). Campground information for the area can be found atfs.usda.gov/mthood under the Zigzag Ranger District listings.

Food & Drink

Government Camp has numerous dining and drinking establishments. Huckleberry Inn is known for its Huckleberry milkshakes. Mt. Hood Brew Pub has excellent locally brewed beer on tap. There are many more options. A dining and shopping guide is available in town. The Mt. Hood Area Chamber of Commerce lists many local options.
mthoodchamber.com/dining-an…

Other Activities

Miles of trails abound in the area accessing high alpine fields of wildflowers, waterfalls, and mountain lakes. Check out the Mt. Hood National Forest for all the options. Area trails are listed under the Zigzag Ranger District.
fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/r…

The Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts offers classes and workshops in a host of arts and crafts.
cascadiaart.org/

The Mount Hood Museum and Cultural Center offers a look at the mountain, skiing and Forest Service history in the area.
mthoodmuseum.org/

Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl offers an alpine slide, bungee jumping, zip lines, and a host of fun things to do!
skibowl.com/summer/

Gems in Government Camp Trail System - 1

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gem Favorite From its dam, Trillium Lake has an iconic view of Mt. Hood and its reflection. Photo by Gene Blick.

Mt. Hood from Trillium Lake

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Recommended Routes in Government Camp Trail System - 6

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Favorite Mirror Lake Trail is colorful in fall and offers great views. Photo by Justin Watts.
Intermediate

Mirror Lake to Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain

8.3 mi 13.3 km 1,454' Up 443.21 m Up 1,454' Down 443.28 m Down

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Favorite From its dam, Trillium Lake has an iconic view of Mt. Hood and its reflection. Photo by Gene Blick.
Easy/Intermediate

Trillium Lake Loop Trail #761

1.9 mi 3.1 km 17' Up 5.31 m Up 17' Down 5.23 m Down

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Favorite Mirror Lake Trail is colorful in fall and offers great views. Photo by Justin Watts.
Intermediate

Mirror Lake Loop Trail #664

4.8 mi 7.8 km 666' Up 203.06 m Up 667' Down 203.3 m Down

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Favorite A group of hikers heads to Mt. Hood on the Mountaineer Loop Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Mountaineer Loop Trail #798

2.9 mi 4.7 km 1,067' Up 325.31 m Up 1,064' Down 324.42 m Down

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Favorite The Summit Trail crosses another tributary of Camp Creek. Skunk cabbage (large leaves on the left) is common in the wet areas. Photo by John Sparks.
Intermediate

Government Camp Loop

5.2 mi 8.4 km 481' Up 146.75 m Up 480' Down 146.38 m Down

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Favorite Lodge from start of trail.
Difficult

PCT: Timberline Lodge to Hwy 35 Out and Back

10.5 mi 16.9 km 1,850' Up 564 m Up 1,850' Down 564.03 m Down

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Government Camp Trail System Hiking

  • 217 Miles 349 Kilometers of Trail
  • 6 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 5 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 24 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 7 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Government Camp Trail System - 30

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3.9 mi 6.3 km #1Mirror Lake Trail #664
Intermediate
Government Camp, OR
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Government Camp, OR 18 
28.9 mi 46.5 km #2Timberline Trail #600
Intermediate/Difficult
Government Camp, OR
Intermediate/Difficult
Government Camp, OR 12 
13.8 mi 22.2 km #3Salmon River Trail #742
Intermediate
Mount Hood Village, OR
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Mount Hood Village, OR 10 
55.5 mi 89.3 km #4PCT: Highway 35 to Cascade Locks
Intermediate
Government Camp, OR
Intermediate
Government Camp, OR
6.9 mi 11.1 km #5Paradise Park Trail #778
Intermediate
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Intermediate
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8.0 mi 12.9 km #6Burnt Lake Trail #772
Intermediate
Government Camp, OR
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Government Camp, OR
3.1 mi 5.0 km #7Cool Creek Trail #794
Difficult
Mount Hood Village, OR
Difficult
Mount Hood Village, OR
3.2 mi 5.2 km #8Green Canyon Way Trail #793A
Difficult
Mount Hood Village, OR
Difficult
Mount Hood Village, OR
5.7 mi 9.2 km #9Salmon Butte Trail #791
Intermediate/Difficult
Mount Hood Village, OR
Intermediate/Difficult
Mount Hood Village, OR
0.8 mi 1.3 km #10Castle Canyon Trail #765
Difficult
Mount Hood Village, OR
Difficult
Mount Hood Village, OR

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From its dam, Trillium Lake has an iconic view of Mt. Hood and its reflection. Photo by Gene Blick.
Jan 16, 2017 near Governm…, OR
Mirror Lake Trail is colorful in fall and offers great views. Photo by Justin Watts.
Jan 9, 2017 near Governm…, OR
The Milky Way above Devils Peak Lookout.
Aug 23, 2019 near Governm…, OR
The iconic 'mirror' of Mirror Lake lives up to its name.  Photo by USFS.
Dec 31, 2016 near Governm…, OR
Little Zigzag Falls is a scenic destination for a kid-friendly hike. Photo courtesy of www.MtHoodTerritories.com
Oct 13, 2016 near Governm…, OR
Mt Hood from Tom, Dick & Harry
Feb 5, 2020 near Governm…, OR
A blue heron stands amongst the waterlilies on Trillium Lake's north end. Photo by Gene Blick.
Jan 16, 2017 near Governm…, OR
Mt. Jefferson from Tom Dick and Harry Mountain.
Jul 19, 2020 near Governm…, OR