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.

snowshoeing
2 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
2 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
8 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
8 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.

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
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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.

This trail... well what I did was a workout for me. This is my second trail I've done so far and it was peaceful. After a half mile on the trail though you come across a steeeep hill. That was the fun part. I'd definitely do this hike again though (:

hiking
10 months ago

The road up past Trillium Lake is ROUGH, literally and figuratively. You can make it up without AWD but drive slooooow.

hiking
10 months ago

Bring more H2O than u need..

Good trail with easy ascent through the forrest. Good camping and swimming at lower lake but no view of Mt. Hood. Upper lake is a short gentle ascent from lower lake. Camping not as good but has decent view of Mt Hood. If your after photos of Hood reflecting off a lake this isn't a great locale but will suffice. Good trail trail for kids and locals camp here on weekend so arrive early Friday to get a pick of camping spots

As a kid we used to do this trail yearly for a weekend backpacking with dad. After retracing my steps through the area recently I realized it wasn't quite the trek I thought. But I was happy to see other kids camping on the lower lake in the same site I used to. Despite the snow we had it was still warm enough for shorts and a t-shirt.

snowshoeing
Thursday, March 02, 2017

Snowshoed here twice so far. Love it, although as with anywhere on the mountain it can get a little crowded with Portlanders on the weekends. Lots of sledders and kids near the parking lot and for the first mile. The further you go, the more peaceful it gets though :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My favorite view of Mt. Hood!

Sunday, June 05, 2016

This is not mountain bike friendly

hiking
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Wanna have fun here with snowshoes (or without)? Park here and walk up to Timberline Lodge through White River Canyon. In the snow.

Just hike NNW on the trails up and out of White River until you connect with the PCT (if you can see it). Use a map, and it's fairly easy on a sunny day to find timberline. There's one (very mild) chute to ascend and then you've to cross a small canyon before you hit the Timberline Lodge parking lot, but it's very do-able.

It's a great and beautiful little trek if you're comfortable with a bit of low-grade mountaineering. And when you're done with a few miles of mellow snow-hiking, you can enjoy the Timberline Triple Speedball at the lodge (their famous hot chocolate, an IPA, and a cup of coffee--all overpriced). But you won't care how overpriced they were after you've had that much sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. You'll just hitch back down to White River with a stupid smile on your face.

Alternatively, you can hang around at White River Snow-Park and... go on a 2mi snowshoe with 150 other tourists? Or maybe play on sleds with all your new friends you met in the (enormous) parking lot? Your choice.

snowshoeing
Monday, January 12, 2015

We were in the mood for snow but some of the trails near Mt. Hood didn't have enough for snowshoeing. So, we headed to White River Canyon, a bit trepidatious about the crowds we might find there. But while it was initially busy with sledders and lots of happy dogs playing, we soon left that all behind as we climbed out of the canyon. This trail was incredibly beautiful. Within a half hour, it started softly snowing, adding to the winter wonderland ambiance.

After about 1.6 miles, we reached our turnaround point, and sat in the snow and ate our snacks while overlooking the White River. The turnaround point was just before a very large (and steep!) hill that leads to Boy Scout Ridge. So after our snack, we headed back, enjoying the faster pace of an all downhill trek and the ability to glide a bit. The snow was falling a bit harder but just added to the awesomeness of the day. For us, it was truly a great day in the Great Outdoors.

hiking
Monday, October 06, 2014

Bit of a drive for a short hike, but the small lake is lovely and secluded and good for a swim. Great view of Mt. Hood from the high point of the trail. Nice backcountry campsites cleared with fire rings.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Short hike, great swimming hole.

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