Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

A relatively quick, relatively easy hike to some great views of Mt. Hood. Of course, the views of Mt. Hood are great at the lodge you start at too! What makes the hike is Zig Zag Canyon. Very unique, and still a great view of Mt. Hood. Would do this hike again!

hiking
6 days ago

The hike is short and sweet with some ups and downs, but views of Mount Hood are world-class and lake itself is serene. Dog enjoyed swimming. No bugs.
However, the drive is awful and that is being nice. Budget 45 minute to/fro from Still Creek Campground.
Glad we did it, but will never drive that road again.

The view of the mountain was stunningly beautiful and picturesque. The lake was just okay, pretty buggy and very green, not super pretty or anything. Beware of the road to get to the trailhead. It’s intense. We saw all the warnings in the reviews and thought “ahhh it’s fine”, but no, this road is the real damn deal. Our Toyota Yaris almost didn’t make it, big ass rocks all over for about 3.5 miles... it was an incredibly stressful drive. That being said, I really enjoyed this hike and would definitely recommend.

It took 35 minutes up and 30 minutes down the road to/from trailhead. The road was as bad as described, and you really are best served with a high clearance vehicle. Veda Lake and the viewpoint of Hood are surreal. It is a beautiful emerald green color. No crowds. Save for a clear day.

Fun little hike. Pretty. First lake was crowded but the second lake was much more mellow. Few people but it was nice. Plus you can see the mountain in the distance.

We started at the big parking lot and headed towards the lower lake. Beautiful lake hike super easy. No bugs at all. Returned on the Butte trail to Frog Lake campground then back to the car. 8 miles

23 days ago

Beautiful lakes, great trail, perfect for dogs.

Great hike. Will do it again but go further on down past the Zig Zag Canyon, pass the Zig Zag River, and all the way to Paradise Park. Hikers told us the park was another 2 to 3 miles. Totaling out and back at about 10 to 12 miles depending on your tracker. This app told me that I hiked 6 miles out and back but the hike claims that it is a 4.6 mile hike. I’m never sure on my total miles.

Good easy hike to the lower lake. Great view of Mt. Hood if you hike to Frog Lake Butte about 2 miles from the lower lake.

Rough road going in for sure. Fantastic easy hike. Somewhat steep entry but not too bad , levels out and then descent down to lake. All super doable. Beautiful views of Hood. Again, road is rough jagged rocks in narrow road. All wheel drive preferred.

Beautiful views of Mts. Jefferson, Sisters and Bachelor on a clear day. As another reviewer stated, this hike was approximately 6 miles round trip with some good elevation changes along the way.

Great trail with excellent views from Crater Rock. The total trip is 7.7 miles from the parking lot, not 4 miles as indicated by AllTrails. I strongly recommend using an ice ax for safety and micro-spikes or crampons for traction.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike. Road to the trailhead a bit rough with lots of potholes. Views are incredible...one of the best hikes!

Did it yesterday from the lodge to zigzag river, a little over six miles in about three hours. Good views along the trail with light traffic. Trail starts descending and then ascending, personally, I like climbing first and then descending.

Just over 2 miles to the lake. Gradual climb up and well maintained wide trail.

Beautiful hike! Going to come back for an over night trip this summer. Just bring your bug spray, mosquitos are out in force!!

The lakes were beautiful. Tons of mosquitos out though, I think I got about 7 bites just from the short hike.

2 months ago

Beautiful rolling hill trail, breathtaking views of mount hood. Stunning lake! Worth the drive up!

hiking
2 months ago

I see so many snowshoe reviews, I figured I'd put in a hiking review. My dad and I did this hike, and it was amazing! This review, is many years later, but the land, the view, and the experience has not changed. We extended the hike up the middle ridge (where the loop wraps around) up to White River Glacier. It felt like we could touch the peak of the mountain! Everything seemed enormous. The hike up until the ridge, family friendly. The ridge, I wouldn't take small children, as you go up, the drop on both sides gets pretty dang intense. The experience was amazing for me! The view looking at Mt. Hood, and all around was amazing! Hard work, but worth it.

SUNSCREEN!

A very easy short trail from the parking lot to the lower lake, I would definitely go back there and try to trek further to upper lake next time

I’m sure this is a great hike once the snow melts. We neglected to check snow levels and spent our time picking through snow looking for the trail. We eventually gave up and will be back in a few weeks.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Lots and lots of snow. End point is too steep to climb in snowshoes perfect for those who skin up to ski down. But still a great work out.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

I did this in snowshoes Dec 6th 2018. It took me three hours to get up and one hour down. Excellent day with amazing views. I got a touch of snow blindness, haha. My wayfarer style UV glasses were ineffective. You should have wraparound glasses that totally protect your eyes. There was a pungent sulphur smell higher up.

One my my favorites! A little bit of a steep hike up the first part, but beautiful!

Fun place to snowshoes!

hiking
11 months ago

Best part was all the rock fall at night. Great campsite at the top of the spur just below crater rock.

I spent the night. Great views obviously. Stars are great. You most likely get to be the highest person in OR for a night!

backpacking
11 months ago

Spent Labor Day weekend hiking the trails around both twin lakes. The lakes were beautiful and relatively quiet given the holiday weekend. It's a great short hike for kids to the lower lake but the upper lake was a lot less traveled. A quick retreat from Portland and the Palmateer Point lookout had a nice view of hood. Will definitely be coming back for camping and swimming.

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

This hike is fantastic. Lots of wildflowers and spectacular views. The altitude can make it more difficult if you are not used to being more than a mile above sea level. What also makes this great is that you are on the Pacific Crest Trail the entire way, something to put on your bucket list.

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wonderful hike! This may be my new favorite. We hiked at 10 am on a Saturday in July.

Parking is plentiful at the trailhead (shared with Frog Lake) and there are toilets. Pay $5 for the day pass - we got ours at the Zig Zag Ranger Station.

The trail is shaded by trees and ascends then descends down to the lake. We saw lots of families, dogs off leash and even horses. The lower lake is beautiful! There are lots of areas for camping. The lake is clear and not too cold. There were a lot of butterflies! It was a peaceful place to have lunch and swim.

We had our baby and toddler with us so we weren't able to do the upper lake this time, but I'll be back.

Note: we got back to the parking lot at 1:30pm and it was full with people backpacking into the lower lake. So if you plan on backpacking I would recommend going Friday or early Sat morning to get a good spot.

backpacking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Can anyone tell if it's possible to drive to the trailhead without an all wheel drive? We're looking to head there tomorrow and will appreciate your comment.

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