Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Very busy trail. Small parking lot with not many other options to park nearby. Great views of Mt. Hood and surrounding moutains

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.

8 days ago

Absolutely Amazing when you reach the top!

Lovely new trailhead and bridges, much better parking situation though sure to draw even more weekend crowds but on this foggy Fall morning I had the trail to myself. A worker told me the Grand Opening for this new trailhead is this Friday Nov 9th. The new trail veers away from the highway fairly quickly, thankfully. Snow started at 4500' today. About an inch was covering the ridge (Tom, Dick and Harry) making things slick. Highly recommend having boot traction of some kind and trekking poles at this point.

the roadside trail head is closed permenantly. do not park on the roadside and walk over, there are trees intentionally blocking the trail at a few points. new trail head is at skibowl. There is a lot visable from the road and they were even nice enough to add some facilities

Beautiful hike! Most people had dogs on leash. There was one off leash that ambushed my dog despite me shouting "recall your dog" because owners had no control. Reactive dog owners beware, a lot of this hike is very narrow.
Great hike, very scenic everywhere

Completed August 12-13 2018
Camped Hiked up twice

Completed August 12-13 2018
Camped

Really nice, solidly moderate skill level, well-maintained trail with some terrific views of Mount Hood and, on a clearer day, many of the surrounding peaks. We arrived at around 10:00 am on a Tuesday and had no issues finding parking. As others have noted, we did not get a NW Park pass, as it is after Oct. 1.

Easy hike.

This is a pretty crowded trail (parking lot jam-packed at 2 on a Monday) and a decent hike with some great views. As others have said, the crowd thins after Mirror Lake. For me, I'd rate this hike on the easy side, and after doing other hikes around the area, I wouldn't drive the 3 hours roundtrip for this hike again. Still, if you're nearby, it's a quick way to see many peaks. As for the forest pass, on the government website it says the pass is only needed until Oct. 1st, so I didn't get one and had no issues.

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.

A fun trail with a rewarding view! Just be sure to turn left at the pile of rocks near the top. Got tricked up there for a second ;). If you continue further down along the rocks at the summit you can find a nice little point away from most of the crowd

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.

Really awesome trail with views, and so accessible being right off the highway for any car (forest pass required).

Definitely agree with other reviewers that it’s worth it to take the trail around mirror lake on your way up or back, up to you, and if it’s not too choppy you get an extra beautiful show.

Trail was super well maintained and wasn’t as busy as I expected on a Weds afternoon. Crowd thins after Mirror Lake (trailhead you park @ is Mirror Lake Trailhead). Gorgeous fall colors right now too!

Just went in and out. I packed very light and was able to walk/jog to to the lake in 3.5hrs with little stopping. It was nice to hike next to the river, cross mini bridges and was able to keep cool by all the shade the trees provided. However, the lake was a lot smaller than I anticipated and was more like a big swamp to me. Overall, nice hike.

This was such a fun hike! My friends and I are definitely not experienced but we were all physically capable of this hike. It was a bit more challenging than we had expected but we were still able to hike up and down in around 3-3 1/2 hours. Mirror lake was fun to stop and take some photos. We had beautiful weather. The views were spectacular! Will suggest and do this hike again!

amazing views! I'm so glad I went, and persevered until the top!

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