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Government Camp

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Government Camp is a city in Oregon.


Government Camp is a small community located on the shoulder of Mount Hood in the Mount Hood national forest. Mt Hoods alpine village was established in 1849 when a mounted Calvary division was forced to abandon wagons, equipment and draft animals, because heavy snows made conditions impassable. The town was from then on referred to as "government camp" by subsequent emigrants crossing the cascades into the Willamette valley. Now the town is a destination for recreation and out door activities, best known as the summer time hub for alpine skiing. The local ski area boasts the longest season in North America with 400+ inches of snow year on top of a glacier, lifts are open through September.

Get in[edit]

An hours drive from Portland. Take I-84 east to exit 16, turn right off the exit and follow road to the intersection of hwy 26. Turn left on 26 and continue for 40 miles. The turn off for government camp is the loop road on your left at the flashing light.

Get around[edit]

Government camp is a small community. Walking is the best mode of transportation in town. There is a shuttle service in the winter that serves Ski Bowl and Timberline, offering transportation between both ski areas and into town. Raz transportation offers bus service in the winter from Portland to Mt Hood Meadows ski area.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum, 88900 E Hwy 26, Business Loop, 503-272-3301, [1]. 9am - 5pm. Museum contains displays about the history of the Mt. Hood area. The museum also serves as an information center and staff can answer questions and give you directions. free.  edit
  • Oregon Trail Interpretive Kiosk. This outdoor exhibit is directly across the street from the Mt. Hood Museum and historical information about the emigrants who traveled through here on the Barlow Road in the 1850s.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

In the winter there are plenty of snow related activities near by. You can ski from Timberline lodge 4+ miles into town via the glade or alpine trails. There is a shuttle service that runs in the winter to get you back to to the top, or hitching a ride from the many travelers on there way up to timberline lodge is also a popular mode of transport. There are 4 ski areas that are in the vicinity. Timberline, Ski Bowl, Mt Hood Meadows, Summit. Summer offers many opportunities for hiking and camping. The Pacific Ridge trail comes through town, going north to Canada and south to Mexico.The local trails connect to a network of trails that cover the entire mountain including the 40 mile loop that stretches around the mountain at the 4000/6000ft level.

Buy[edit][add listing]

there are a few ski shops in town. Vallians, Mountain Tracks

Eat[edit][add listing]

Charlie's Mountain View. The Ratskeller, Ice Axe grill, Huckleberry Inn, The Taco Shoppe

Drink[edit][add listing]

Charlies, Ratskeller, Beer Stube @ Ski Bowl, Brewery

  • Charlies Mountain View, Government Camp loop road, [2]. Charlie's is great road house/ ski bar in the center of town. There is also a restaurant. Drinks are cheap and there is a lot of local buzz. $.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Mt Hood Inn, Huckleberry Inn, Collins Lake, Vacation Rental, Timberline


Get out[edit]

Routes through Government Camp
PortlandBoring  W noframe E  Warm SpringsPrineville

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