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Anyone here know of a not-so-well-known place to camp by a lake on or near Mt. Hood?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Joe Link, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm looking to get out this weekend for a short overnight camping trip, leaving Saturday and coming home Sunday. I know it's going to be packed up there so I wanted to ask and see if you guys knew of any secret places near a river and/or lake that you don't normally see many others or that has a high likelyhood of being available. PM me if you prefer, I appreciate it! :thumbup:
  2. Benny503

    Benny503 Grants Pass Well-Known Member

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    Clear lake closed to mt hood. But they have no gun fire policy. Have fun.
  3. Brodyboy

    Brodyboy NE PDX Member

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    Got a nice little place with 7 spots and pretty good fishing it's not full MOST of the time....PM'd the rest :D
  4. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    The obvious answer would be lost lake. :p

    I will PM you the name of a cool secluded campground in the area on a river that has fish in season plus great trails, falls, etc.
  5. Murphy

    Murphy Oregon Member

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    Burnt Lake off Lolo pass road is usually free of campers. There will be a few hikers but there usually isn't too many.

    Pansy Lake is another one that is seldom used. I was up there a couple of weeks ago and did not see another car on the last 10 miles to the trailhead, on the hike, or on the gravel road back to the paved road.

    There are a few lakes up there but I think it would be well worth it to camp next to the fire lookout. There was at least one firepit at the lookout.

    If you are planning on camping during the week the views at McNeil Point cannot be beat. It's probably the best hike on the mountain. Paradise Park would also be a great place to camp. Both of these places get busy during the weekend though.