Explore the most popular birding trails near Government Camp with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful, and scenic.
Love taking my dog here.

Best time of year to visit is in the winter! Hike in on the snow and get great views of Mount Hood.

Downhill, then uphill on way back. Great hike and super pretty in the fall. Also, very busy since it's near the timberline lodge.

New parking and trailhead now open. New route shows on the map. The new trail section looks like a new trail. But the bridges over Camp Creek and other stream are nice and within a couple years it should look great. Really nice to have more adequate parking and not having people walk along 26 to get to the trailhead.

Completed August 12-13 2018
Camped

Awesome fall hike. Spectacular wilderness views along the way. Going to be sore in the morning!! Great job for the crew that cleared the downed trees

Easy hike.

It was a great hike, not a lot of elevation. However, our dog drank the lake water (upper lake and lower) and became infected with giardia so make sure you keep your pets away from drinking water from the lake. In hind site, I shouldn’t have let my dog drink standing water.... :( I saw another dog at the lake who was also drinking from the lake, I hope he’s ok!!

Nice, well maintained and marked path. On the way in, the first 1.5 miles is up hill, and the next .5 mile is down hill. Great lake spot, with places to camp. Nice wide trail; two people and a dog can easily walk abreast. We went mid-October and it was excellent.
Also, October is the only month a pass isn't required by the forest service or ODOT.

This scenic trail is easily accessible (once you find parking!) and provides a very scenic hike. Fairly busy, keep dogs on leash, use proper trail etiquette.

Beautiful but busy. Trail is has some good spots, but more of a stroll for family.

Beautiful, easy walk with fall colors and blue skies. We took our time and just enjoyed the wildlife and friendly doggies and of course, great pictures too.

We enjoyed our hike on a beautiful 65 degree, sunny day! On the way to Mirror Lake, the trail weaves through pine forest on a consistent incline, but the ground is a bit forgiving. There are tree roots and rocks to work around, but it is easily navigable. Don’t skip the hike around Mirror Lake, this is where you’ll get iconic views of Mount Hood. The hike down is relaxing. Enjoy the tranquility and the friendly hikers you’ll meet along the way!

The view of Mt. Hood over the lake is amazing. We parked near the boat ramp so we were able to get the view and pictures right away. Then we were able to hop on the trail loop there and went around the whole lake. Mostly shaded and surrounded by woods with the lake always close by except when we came across a closure and went around a mostly unmarked trail. Was a little confusing but by keeping the lake in sight and listening for other hikers it was easy to find our way back onto the main trail. About 1.5hrs at a leisurely pace.

Gorgeous hike that’s still accessible even in the snow! Lots of great pics and tons of tiger trout catches

Awesome hike on a well maintained trail. Gain was not too tough to feel strenuous, and was surprised by how far I was walking in the time! Took about exactly 5 hours with a half hour at the top of the point for lunch. Bummed the mountain was hiding but the valley was beautiful. Wonderful diversity of forest scene and my dog really enjoyed it too!

I've done this hike several times. Easy enough for everyone, but still a fun accomplishment. Beautiful view, woods, lake, and wildflowers. That view of Mother Hood is to die for

easy hike, gorgeous views at the lake. our dogs loved it too.

So beautiful, definitely worth it to go on to the Tom Dick & Harry trail once you loop the lake!

Really nice view of Mt Hood over the lake but a large portion of the trail is closed. People have created a bit of another route off trail but it's not very clear.

Beautiful views of Mount Hood! Very easy hike.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Beautiful view of Mt Hood from the lake. Enjoyed watching some men fly fishing

hiking
1 month ago

First time hikers with a 9 yr old and a pregnant lady. It was rainy and overcast but was still lovely. Maybe we’re just optimists, but nothing ruined our hike!

Great hike. Beautiful views. Small water crossing (plenty of rocks to jump on). Colors were changing so it was really beautiful.

Stayed here for a one night stay in early fall and had the lakes to myself! Beautiful colors and easy hiking in and out made for a wonderful trip. The camp spots are great!

Really nice hike. It deserves the “moderate” tag because there are rocks and tree roots everywhere under foot, making it a little tricky especially when wet; but the trail is wide and leisurely for sure. I didn’t go on to Tom, Dick, and Harry because it was so foggy I could barely even see the lake, much less any views of mountains in the distance. I’ll be back on a clear day.

great hike to mirror lake but of you are going to go that far take the Tom dick and Harry trail all the way to the top and get views of five peaks at the same time( hood, Jefferson, Rainer, St Helen's, Adams) such an amazing view.

A great day hike or overnight with plenty of wildflowers and big views of the mountain. The hike starts with excellent views along the Timberline Trail/PCT with pleasant rolling hills and then becomes more dramatic with a sweeping view of Mt. Hood and the Zigzag Canyon. A healthy descent and relatively easy crossing of the Zigzag River changes to a forest climb and then opens into colorful meadows of flowers as you join the Paradise Park Trail. Move quickly as the flies are abundant through this section of the climb. As you continue to ascend, you are rewarded with increasingly impressive views of the mountain and the feeling that you could just walk to the top. Enjoy a leisurely walk in Paradise Park before returning down to the PCT to make the trip back to Timberline Lodge.

Half the trail is closed right now (September 2018). Also a lot of selfie people out there :(
I offered to take pictures for them though!
Easy beautiful hike for the crew I was with though - husband, 4-year-old, 2-month old.

Beautiful hike. Lucky we had a clear day got to see Mt Hood and Rainer. Good workout too.. went on Sept 2, 2018

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