Government Camp Travel Guide

  • Umbrella Falls Trail
    Umbrella Falls Trail
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  • Umbrella Falls
    Umbrella Falls
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  • Umbrella Falls
    Umbrella Falls
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Government Camp Hotels

  • Collins Lake Resort

    88149 E. Creek Ridge Road, Government Camp, Oregon, 97028, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Mount Hood Inn

    I was tremendously impressed with this place. For one thing, room rates were half of what it would...

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  • Falcon's Crest Inn on Mt. Hood

    87287 Government Camp Loop Hwy, Government Camp, O

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Frog Lake Campground

    US 26 S., Government Camp, Oregon, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

  • Falcon's Crest Inn

    87287 Government Camp Loop Hwy, Government Camp, O

Government Camp Restaurants

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    by goingsolo Written Jun 2, 2006

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    This is not a place I'd travel to dine in or would rave about but, much like the hotel, it was better than expected. As you'd probably guess, the place is incredibly casual and, since there's almost nothing else Government Camp, its either this or a journey up the mountain. I ate here twice and both meals were fine. The menu is mostly traditional bar food, but the steak was actually pretty decent. The burgers are good and, from what I heard, the pizzas are as well. The prices are pretty reasonable too.

    The beer selection was outstanding. The sampler of eight different local selections was enough to make me forget some of the dissappointment over not being able to climb the next day.

    Most of the skiiers and climbers stop here after exiting the mountain, so it gets pretty crowded in the early evening. Still, its not an apres ski scene by any stretch of the imagination. Everyone heads out early and the place closes around 10.

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Government Camp Nightlife

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    by skpiste Written Nov 11, 2002

    If you love psuedo Pro Snowboarders who cannot construct complete sentences then this is your joint. Swanky (if you consider dirt "Swank") drunkeness is highlighted by the lack of approachable women. Female to Male ratio of about 1 to 20 results in many surly episodes. Fun if you just turned 21 (or have'nt yet) but less respectable than Charlie-O's accross the street...

    Dress Code: Clothing and manners optional.

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Government Camp Off The Beaten Path

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    by jmpncsu Updated Jan 21, 2014

    Mount Hood is best known as a ski destination and for more hardcore mountaineering. If these activities are not for you or the weather is not cooperating, there are a couple of very scenic waterfalls within an easy hike. My wife and I visited here for an anniversary trip in September, and due to warm weather, all the skiing was closed, so we decided to look for some waterfalls. Although there are several places to access the trailheads, the easiest is just outside Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort (which was closed when we visited). From the intersection of US-26 and OR-35 near Government Camp, go about 6.5 miles north on OR-35 to Mount Hood Meadows Road. Go about 1.5 miles and park on the side of the road; the trailhead is poorly marked, but it is before reaching the ski area. The Umbrella Falls Trail (#667) starts on the east side of the road and its only a quarter-mile to Umbrella Falls. It's about a 60-foot veiling waterfall and quite picturesque, even in the dry season when we visited. What's most interesting about this one, however, is that just above the waterfall is a huge parking lot for the ski area. You'd never know it looking at the falls from the footbridge, however. Continue on the trail another quarter mile to Sahalie Falls Trail (#667C) and go right. This trail leads along East Fork of Hood River towards the falls, which is very close to OR-35. There is a viewing platform on the old Mount Hood Scenic Byway, which is closed to vehicle traffic. When we visited, they were doing construction, so we climbed down a very steep trail to the base of the falls. I wouldn't recommend this, unless you experienced in bushwhacking and off-trail hiking. But the falls were beautiful and we even saw a small rainbow at the base. Sahalie Falls Trail continues on and terminates at the other end of Umbrella Falls Trail, which you can take back or just go back the way you came. Either way, total distance is about 3 to 4 miles and the hiking is pretty easy (except if you chose to climb down to the base of Sahalie Falls) and very scenic.

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    by skpiste Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Timothy Lake is just a short hop down 26 and a few miles on forest road 52 (I think). Try renting a pair of snow shoes in Govy and truckin in the many meadows around the area.

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    by goingsolo Written Jun 2, 2006

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    Favorite thing: There are two convenience stores at Government Camp. The second is larger and has pretty much everything you need to stock up for camping or daily excursions on the mountain. Surprisingly, I couldn't find any Poptarts, but that probably would not disappoint too many people other than myself. But there was plenty of sugar laden energy fuel for even the longest backpacking trip.

    This is also your only stop for miles and there's no place at Timberline where you can get supplies other than water and soda, so if you're planning on an extended hike, this would be a good place to stop beforehand.

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    by skpiste Written Nov 20, 2002

    Favorite thing: Snow sports are the dominant theme here. Lots of summer activities for the family types and younger crowd. Heavy beer drinking and a weird exclusion to hard alcohol for a few months in the summer. The famous Mirror Pond is a short hike down the road and good biking trails too.
    Timberlibe in the winter is mild terrain wise with Meadows having the better terrain. Ski Bowl has the real steeps but only as low snow levels allow. A quick hikle into the Outback is a must at the Bowl but avoid getting stuck in "Death Valley" if you are a snowboarder.

    Fondest memory: Beating the crap out of a guy who stole a few snowboards off the deck of the Beer Stube. Hey, I'm not generally into violence but don't steal a fellers ride man !
    The Stube is the spot for surly mountain locals. Dont talk to the locals they bite (well, only if you have a distaste for crappy metal tunes)...

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