Explore the most popular kid 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.

hiking
21 hours ago

Absolutely stunning. But pretty packed. Parking is tough so get an early start.

Gorgeous sidetrip from Mt. Hood!

Headed up early. Nice quiet trail.

This is a great walk to do with young teens and people new to hiking. It’s not too long and there is elevation to get your heart rate up for anyone wanting a challenge. The view is spectacular and there are places to rest and have lunch. I cannot wait to bring more family members to enjoy this hike with.

This seems like a popular trail, but not overly crowded. There are some camp sites at the lake, and if you keep going to the top there are great views of the entire area.

Veda and Mirror are preferable to Trillium Lake. Crowds are awful. Trail is in utter disrepair. Signage sucks. It was overcast, therefore views of Mount Hood were non-existent.

If we had more time, we would have climbed Tom Dick and Harry, which is on same trail path. The loop trail itself is not quite 4 miles, but it is lovely. If comparing lake to lake, we preferred Veda Lake. However, access to Mirror Lake TH is right on highway. Get there early for parking and expect crowds.

Super quick, easy, and rewarding hike. Great for out-of-town guests (especially if they range in levels of fitness) who want to experience an Oregon hike but have a million things to squeeze in... tall trees, moss, running water, and a water fall. It’s simple, but exciting. And it just feels really good the whole time... strong, rich energy. A perfect stop on the way to Timberline, Bend, or whatnot.

To call this a hike would be a bit of an exaggeration. Went on a Sunday in August and it was so packed it took us about 10 minutes to find a parking spot. Entire lake was full of people on floaties and kayaks and paddle boards, all of the beaches were loaded with people... Just not the place to be if you're looking for a peaceful hike. That being said, if being at a busy beach is your scene, it was a beautiful beach with an incredible view of Mt. Hood, but it wasn't my thing.

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.

Really nice. Lots of up on the way to the lake.

Easiest “hike” I’ve ever done. Took me 10 mins to get there, 10 mins to look around and 5 mins go get back while typing this review. If you’re thinking about passing it by bc you’re not sure how long it will take or if it’s worth it. It is. Beautiful, lush, green, shaded. Follows the stream up. The road to get here is longer than the hike itself. You need a national forest pass to park. Tables for picnicking at the trailhead. Almost gave it 4 Stars bc it’s was crawling with people mostly children and older people at 4pm, understandably so.

hiking
20 days ago

Pleasant, well-shaded trail through forest that culminates with a lovely lake & great view of Mt. Hood.

Steady elevation gain to the top, but nothing dramatic. Many exposed roots & one short section across large, loose rock that could prove difficult for those with disabilities or nervous dogs. There are also two quite narrow wooden bridges. Mosquitoes noticeable around the lake area in July.

Get there early. Arrived at 9am on a summer Saturday & all trailhead parking was full. Had to park in the Skibowl parking lot down the road, which adds a very unpleasant extra mile (there & back) along the highway shoulder.

This trail forms the lower half of the Tom, Dick & Harry Mountain Trail (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/tom-dick-and-harry-mountain-trail).

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

22 days ago

Beautiful lakes, great trail, perfect for dogs.

Great short hike for families, especially those with younger kids. The first 1 1/2 miles is gently uphill and mostly shaded beneath a great second-growth canopy. The trail is well maintained. It ends at Lower Twin Lakes, but it’s only another mile to Upper Twin Lakes. There are numerous campsites around the lakeshore, with a larger concentration at the trail’s end. The lake and the campsites looked clean and I found no evidence of litter. While no spectacular views of Mount Hood at Lower Twin Lake, the lake was ringed by smaller forested peaks and provided a peaceful location to enjoy the wilderness.

Great for new hikers with kids.

hiking
28 days ago

Pretty trail, definitely more for mt. bikers than for hikers, at least in the summer.

Great little hike

Very easy hike. Great views along the way. Would take 20 minutes maybe but took us 35 since we took pics and tried crossing the fallen trees. The map looks like the trail is a loop but it is just in and out one way. At the end of the trail it forks the right go to the falls and the left goes to unknown, there is no signage, there seems to be a trail but to get to it you may get your feet wet.

We took our dog, almost two year old, and four year old on this hike. It was beautiful, had lots of coverage, and both kids had a wonderful time (also, no one had to be carried, which was AWESOME). It was moderately busy, but we still had plenty of alone time on the trail. We will definitely do this one again.

Nice short hike to a beautiful waterfall

Fun loop but much of the boardwalk is in disrepair. We went around cautiously and enjoyed the wildflowers.

Quick and easy! Perfect for the fam.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Steady incline and switchbacks. The lake is small but great views. The parking lot at the TH is small and does charge. But there is not a fee station there so bring a pass with you. Go early. Coming down around 10am there were steady hikers coming up the trail.

A portion of the trail was closed due to construction. In June 2018. We followed others around the closed part and enjoyed the views. There were a lot of people fishing and swimming who appeared to be have a blast. Be sure to check availability for camping before you go. It was completely filled that week.

I don’t know where google took us, but it wasn’t to the right trail. We walked 2.5 miles total and could only hear the waterfall. Kinda bummed. Woulda been nice to see it. Hopefully I’ll be in the area again and can find the correct trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail! Well maintained and for as busy as we expected it to be based on the cars we didn’t really run into to many people on the trail. The lake was not what I would call a mirror but is was about noon and there were plenty of people enjoying the water. I’d love to do this again in the winter with snowshoes.

Very pretty, short trail to a nice waterfall.

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