Explore the most popular skiing 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.

great hike if you don't mind unpaved roads and dust. the view of Mt Hood was amazing and since we did it just after labor day there was no snow on the trail. not an easy trail by any stretch of the imagination for beginners, though.

hiking
1 month ago

As another poster mentioned, this is a really dusty trail in the summer. It's also not marked well. We ended up off trail and over to the farther east side of the mountain scrambling our way through parts of Palmer glacier! We made several ravine / creavasse crossings with snow in trail running shoes which is nuts but thank goodness we made it out. We've been hiking for many years and feel comfortable off trail but this was eerie due to the possibility of dangerous rock falls. Gorgeous scenery and the Timberline Lodge is amazing. 3 stars bc the trail is not well marked and I felt like I needed a scouring brush to get the fine volcanic dust out of my pores! lol.

Did this about two weeks ago, was a nice hike

Did this trail on 7th July, and there was still enough snow on the mountain that 2 ski runs were open. The trail itself was fine though - we were wearing hiking boots and there were only a couple of places where we had to cross through the (low-level) snow. It’s quite a dusty trail for the most part, and quick elevation gain, but worth it for the amazing views and sense of achievement. If you’re looking for a place to play in the snow in mid-summer then that’s also a bonus ;-)

Great trail with excellent views from Crater Rock.

4 months ago

Fairly steep hike. Beautiful views on clear day to the south and Mt. Hood closeup to the north. I could see Mt Jefferson and 3 Sisters clearly on this Memorial Day. Not well marked in places but could be because there was still snow and snowboarders using the lifts. Feeling of being one with nature is absent due to the skiers and snowboarders but hike was short and good cardio. Always wanted to do a hike off of Timberline Lodge and was glad that I did. Will come back to try other trails around here.

We couldn’t go but about a half mile up from the trailhead because there was snow we didn’t expect. It’s May 25, and we were just day tripping, didn’t expect quite that amount of snow. So be prepared with the right shoes! Lots of skiers and snowboarders too so be cognizant of your surroundings.

snowshoeing
7 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.

Great training hike for Hood summit and other big peak summits! Definitely a good work out with great views.

hiking
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The most fun way to go from Timberline lodge to Govt.Camp. Mellow snowboarding in winter or easy downhill hike in summer.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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!

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

there's the silcox hut trail and there's the silcox hut access road. Take your pick! No snow all the way to the hut.

Monday, July 24, 2017

You can hike up to the hut without any snow now. Great view from the hut and worth the steep hike up. Amazing purple wildflowers on both sides hiking up the mountain. Snow starts after the hut if you want to venture further. Still skiing and snowboarding up there as well

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Late June and the mountain was still great for skiing. We hiked right up the Mountaineer Trail and then over to Silcox Hut and down the Silcox Hut Trail. Watched the US ski team train doing aerials and jumps. Pretty cool. Have seen pictures of this rocky landscape when the snow is gone and think it is nicer with the snow. Think would be more fun skiing it.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Not easy...it's a short climb, but a great workout if you're outta shape!

hiking
Saturday, May 23, 2015

Great views, but very industrialized. The ski area has paved the bottom 1/10 mile and are using it as a road.

snowshoeing
Sunday, April 19, 2015

It was a 60 degree day with no wind. We snowshoed straight up the ridge, passing many descending climbers, skiers, dogs and snowmobiles. Views were spectacular, stretching 50-70 miles to Central Oregon, where Mt Jefferson and the Sisters are visible. Timberline Lodge and its chairlifts are a constant presence here, as are other people. But it's still a solitary experience in many ways. This is a challenging snowshoe due to the elevation level (up to 7,000 feet) and the heavy and wet snow we experienced. The small bench at Silcox Hut provided a welcome respite to sit and enjoy our lunch. The snowshoe down was also fun, as we were able to plunge-step nicely and fall accordingly.

snowshoeing
Sunday, December 29, 2013

Pretty good if you are looking for a workout. You will trek straight up hill for a mile and then straight back down, which can be a little rough on the knees. If a mile uphill isn't long enough for you there is groomed trail to keep climbing. Be prepared to share the trail with cross country skiers, dogs, and an occasional snowplow.

hiking
Saturday, September 07, 2013

A decent hike, even in the summer if you head out on the PCT from Timberline towards Paradise and hit it from there. There are some marmots poking about, which are always fun. I imagine it's breathtaking with showshoes in the winter.

skiing
Sunday, June 09, 2013

I thought the snow was much too heavy or my legs too weak. Not sure which. But i was tired at the end of the day.

hiking
Sunday, January 20, 2013

What a awesome hike, we snowshoed to the hut from wy east lodge, we hiked part of the groomed trail and then made the ascent to the hut on the snowcat trail. Lots of fun and a great workout!

hiking
Saturday, July 07, 2012

You would think you could hike to Silcox Hut on Mt. Hood from Timberline Lodge near the end of June (the "season" starts in mid-July), but not in 2010, as the base was still deep and the US ski team was still training... Undaunted, we climbed through the snow fields to Silcox Hut, soaking our hiking boots (which were dry by the next day). Like snowshoeing right up the mountain with a great workout, it was fun boot skiing on the way down, just watch out for the holes in the melting snow! We had great views of the surrounding area, watched as the ski team performed 720s and other cool tricks on both snowboards and skis. Silcox was still closed but the lifts were operating... the sky was brilliant and the mountain beautiful. Definitely a nice hike either with or without snow!

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