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Jarrod Lyman | 12/05/2019 | Parks, Places to Stay

Camping In Mt. Hood Territory: It's In Tents

Campers enjoy guitar music as they sit around the campfire

Warm days and cool nights, sounds like perfect camping weather to us. 

Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory boasts 50 different campgrounds with a wide range of options. Weekends tend to fill up fast, but mid-week stays tend to have options for spontaneous or planned trips all summer long. If you're into really roughing it, check out the Pechuck Lookout in the Table Rock Wilderness. It is first-come first-served, so you can't reserve it. But this old fire lookout offers a truly unique camping experience that is the definition of rustic. And the views are incredible. For a not so rustic experience, rest your head at one of the three new campgrounds run by the BLM along the nearby Molalla River Corridor.

Want something a bit more comfortable? Then check out the yomes at Promontory Park outside of Estacada. In addition to several of the yurt-like camping structures, they have cabins, and tent camping sites. There's a 350-acre reservoir with great fishing as well as a one-acre lake for kids under the age of 17 to fish.

Dodge Park is a beautiful campsite outside of Sandy. Located at the confluence of the Bull Run and Sandy Rivers, the park offers a perfect escape from city life, but still only a short drive from Portland. If you're hoping for a lake view but want to try something other than the iconic Trillium Lake campground, head on up to the Hoodview Campround at Timothy Lake. The views are outstanding, and the fishing on Timothy Lake is excellent. The campground is wheelchair accessible as well.

There are many more great campgrounds to explore as well. Hit a few of them up and tell us in the comments which one is your favorite. And don't forget to use our #omht hashtag when posting pictures to instagram and twitter, so we can follow along on your adventures.

Jarrod has been working in the tourism industry for more than 15 years. He helps develop strategy for Mt. Hood Territory web content as well as their social channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest, and works with local media promoting the amazing attractions here. He likes cake. 

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