The Mount Hood National Forest is a U.S. National Forest in the U.S. state of Oregon, located 62 miles (100 km) east of the city of Portland and the northern Willamette River valley. The Forest extends south from the Columbia River Gorge across more than 60 miles (97 km) of forested mountains, lakes and streams to the Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mount Jefferson. The Forest includes and is named after Mount Hood, a stratovolcano and the highest mountain in the state.
The Forest encompasses some 1,067,043 acres (4,318.17 km2). Forest headquarters are located in Sandy, Oregon. A 1993 Forest Service study estimated that the extent of old growth in the Forest was 345,300 acres (139,700 ha). The Forest is divided into four separate districts – Barlow (with offices in Dufur), Clackamas River (Sandy), Hood River (Mount Hood-Parkdale), and Zigzag (Zigzag).
In descending order of land area, Mount Hood National Forest is located in parts of Clackamas, Hood River, Wasco, Multnomah, Marion, and Jefferson counties.
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Timothy Lake - Oak Fork
This is such a beautiful and peaceful campground. Best we’ve found on the lake.
Great place to camp with kids
Frog Lake is great for family camping - turns out, it’s aptly named and there are tons of frogs (in August) and it was a big hit with the kids. It’s relatively rustic in terms of amenities (I.e., no running water, only pumped) but the sites are large and it’s a relatively small campground, so it’s pretty peaceful. Not sure I’d camp here without kids though - lake itself is pretty small and muddy and there is some pretty evident highway noise. But aside from that we enjoyed ourselves and the view of Mt. Hood from the middle of the lake!
We love camping at this park every year with friends. It’s beautiful and the lake is fun for kids of all ages.
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