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182 mi 293 km of trail 6 Featured Hikes

Gems 1 Gem Easy Trails 18 Trails Intermediate Trails 13 Trails Hard Trails 5 Trails

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/

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Favorite The iconic 'mirror' of Mirror Lake lives up to its name.  Photo by USFS.

Mirror Lake to Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain

8.3 mi 13.3 km • Out and Back • 1,454 ft Ascent 443.21 m Ascent

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Favorite The iconic 'mirror' of Mirror Lake lives up to its name.  Photo by USFS.

Mirror Lake Loop Trail #664

4.8 mi 7.8 km • Out and Back • 666 ft Ascent 203.06 m Ascent

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

Trillium Lake Loop Trail #761

1.9 mi 3.1 km • Loop • 17 ft Ascent 5.31 m Ascent

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

Mountaineer Loop Trail #798

2.9 mi 4.7 km • Loop • 1,067 ft Ascent 325.31 m Ascent

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Favorite Crosstown Trail near the trailhead at Summit Ski Area and Sno-park provides great views of Mt. Hood.

Government Camp Loop

5.2 mi 8.4 km • Loop • 481 ft Ascent 146.75 m Ascent

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Favorite Lodge from start of trail.

PCT: Timberline Lodge to Hwy 35 Out and Back

10.5 mi 16.9 km • Out and Back • 1,850 ft Ascent 564 m Ascent

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3.9 mi 6.3 km #1 Mirror Lake Trail #664
Government Camp, OR
3.9 mi 6.3 km Government Camp, OR
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28.9 mi 46.5 km #2 Timberline Trail #600
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28.9 mi 46.5 km Government Camp, OR
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13.8 mi 22.2 km #3 Salmon River Trail #742
Mount Hood Village, OR
13.8 mi 22.2 km Mount Hood Village, OR
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55.5 mi 89.3 km #4 PCT: Highway 35 to Cascade Locks
Government Camp, OR
55.5 mi 89.3 km Government Camp, OR
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8.0 mi 12.9 km #5 Burnt Lake Trail #772
Government Camp, OR
8.0 mi 12.9 km Government Camp, OR
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Some Mud - A few patches of snow on the trail around the lake, but all manageable easily in hiking shoes/boots.
45 days ago
3.1 mi 5.0 km #6 Cool Creek Trail #794
Mount Hood Village, OR
3.1 mi 5.0 km Mount Hood Village, OR
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3.2 mi 5.2 km #7 Green Canyon Way Trail #793A
Mount Hood Village, OR
3.2 mi 5.2 km Mount Hood Village, OR
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3.2 mi 5.1 km #8 Dry Fir Trail #674A
Government Camp, OR
3.2 mi 5.1 km Government Camp, OR
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0.5 mi 0.9 km #9 Little Zigzag Falls Trail #795C
Mount Hood Village, OR
0.5 mi 0.9 km Mount Hood Village, OR
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Some Mud
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2.8 mi 4.5 km #10 Crosstown Trail #755
Government Camp, OR
2.8 mi 4.5 km Government Camp, OR
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0.8 mi 1.3 km #11 Castle Canyon Trail #765
Mount Hood Village, OR
0.8 mi 1.3 km Mount Hood Village, OR
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1.6 mi 2.5 km #12 Camp Creek Trail #754
Government Camp, OR
1.6 mi 2.5 km Government Camp, OR
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6.9 mi 11.1 km #13 Paradise Park Trail #778
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6.9 mi 11.1 km Government Camp, OR
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5.3 mi 8.6 km #14 Timberline to Town Trail
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5.3 mi 8.6 km Government Camp, OR
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2.6 mi 4.1 km #15 Optimator
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2.6 mi 4.1 km Government Camp, OR
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9.4 mi 15.1 km #16 Hunchback Trail #793
Mount Hood Village, OR
9.4 mi 15.1 km Mount Hood Village, OR
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4.3 mi 7.0 km #17 Hidden Lake Trail #779
Government Camp, OR
4.3 mi 7.0 km Government Camp, OR
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2.3 mi 3.7 km #18 West Zigzag Mountain Trail #789
Government Camp, OR
2.3 mi 3.7 km Government Camp, OR
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2.0 mi 3.2 km #19 Flag Mountain Trail #766
Mount Hood Village, OR
2.0 mi 3.2 km Mount Hood Village, OR
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There is no longer a bench.
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8.2 mi 13.2 km #20 Pioneer Bridle Trail #795
Mount Hood Village, OR
8.2 mi 13.2 km Mount Hood Village, OR
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2.2 mi 3.6 km #21 Kinzel Lake Trail #665
Government Camp, OR
2.2 mi 3.6 km Government Camp, OR
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1.2 mi 1.9 km #22 Veda Lake Trail #673
Government Camp, OR
1.2 mi 1.9 km Government Camp, OR
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0.7 mi 1.2 km #23 Barlow Trail #601A
Government Camp, OR
0.7 mi 1.2 km Government Camp, OR
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1.0 mi 1.6 km #24 Trillium Bike Trail
Government Camp, OR
1.0 mi 1.6 km Government Camp, OR
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1.6 mi 2.6 km #25 Still Creek Trail #780
Government Camp, OR
1.6 mi 2.6 km Government Camp, OR
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0.5 mi 0.8 km #26 Laurel Hill Chute Trail #795A
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0.5 mi 0.8 km Government Camp, OR
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2.2 mi 3.6 km #27 Summit Trail #691
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2.2 mi 3.6 km Government Camp, OR
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0.4 mi 0.7 km #28 Maggie's Trail #753
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0.4 mi 0.7 km Government Camp, OR
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1.2 mi 1.9 km #29 Eureka Peak Trail #671
Government Camp, OR
1.2 mi 1.9 km Government Camp, OR
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4.5 mi 7.2 km #30 Salmon Butte Trail #791
Mount Hood Village, OR
4.5 mi 7.2 km Mount Hood Village, OR
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