Mount Hood Recreational Area
Season: Year round; July and August the most favored months. Open all year.
Administrative Offices: Mount Hood National Forest Headquarters, Terminal
Sales Building, 1220 SW. Morrison St., Portland; District Ranger Station, Zigzag,
12 m. W. of Government Camp on State 50.
Transportation: East side, State 35 (see TOUR 1E); south side, State 50 (see
TOUR d.A), served by two Portland-Bend buses daily, with extra buses to
Mount Hood during week-ends and holidays.
Guide Service and Horses: Usually available by arrangement through hotels at
Accommodations: Timberline Lodge (E. plan); Battle Axe Inn at Government
Camp; Cloud Cap Inn; Timberline Lodge open all year; make inquiries about
Climate, Clothing, Equipment: Nights invariably cold at higher elevations even
in summer; usual seasonal clothing with heavy wraps needed by those staying
in hotels and fully-equipped camps; campers need woolen shirts and pants,
ponchos, several pairs of woolen socks, and a heavy jacket, with heavier gar-
ments in winter; light sleeping bag desirable, in addition to usual camping
equipment; small axe and canteen; alpenstock spiked shoes and dark glasses
needed on expeditions over snow fields and for peak climb.
Warnings: Black flies in woods as weather advances, particularly bad in Sep-
tember. Storms, infrequent but sudden in July and August, are much more
common in winter. Watch for landslides after heavy snow and during melting
seasons. Hikers should leave word at camps, inns, and Forest Guard Stations if
going on long hikes; should never leave marked trails without a guide; should
never attempt peak climb without guide. Peak climbers unless experienced
should not attempt to make round trip in one day; should not make start after
sun is well up; should not wander off from party nor attempt short cuts.
Medical Services: First aid station at Timberline Lodge, Summit Forest Guard
Station near Government Camp, and at Zigzag CCC camp; physician at Rhodo-
Special Regulations: Permit from Forest Service required for building camp fires
outside designated camps. State licenses required for hunting and fishing. Cer-
tain areas closed to campers in summer months; these districts posted, as are
regular camps. Camping not allowed along highway except at designated camp-
Summary of Attractions: Mount Hood National Forest, which surrounds moun-
tain, in summer affords opportunities for camping, fishing, hunting, swimming,
mountain climbing, horseback riding, and hiking. Network of trails. Skiing and
tobogganing in winter near Timberline Lodge and Government Camp.
Ski Trails: Ski trails in the vicinity of Timberline are of three types: trails