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Old growth forest path on Barlow Road with small sign on tree noting original wagon route
Molly Johnson | 09/24/2021 | Oregon Trail

On The Barlow Road Itinerary

Day 1

The Barlow Road was the last overland route of the Oregon Trail for the pioneers headed to the Willamette Valley. Make sure to visit the West Barlow Tollgate, between mileposts 50 and 51, on Hwy 26. This is a replica of the last tollgate on Laurel Hill and leads to Laurel Chute, where the pioneers used ropes and makeshift pulley systems to lower their wagons down a 60 percent vertical slope. This area was noted as one of the most treacherous portions of the journey and there are identifiable “chutes” still visible today. Visit the Wildwood Recreation Site for your choice of outdoor recreation activities, plus access to the Salmon River and Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness where you can fish, hike or just take in all the beauty of the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Ignite your taste buds at Wraptitude in Welches before checking into The Mount Hood Resort which features an expansive golf course and an indulgent full-service spa. Or stay at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village with charming details in quaint sizes. Prepare to be wowed as you head up the hill to the historic Timberline Lodge & Ski Area and take a historic self-guided tour of the lodge. Hopefully you can snag a snuggle with their two resident St. Bernards, Bruno and Heidi. Enjoy a decadent dinner at the Cascade Dining Room inside the lodge while enjoying amazing views. Return to The Mt. Hood Resort for a nightcap in your fireside room or on your private balcony.

Day 2

Watch golfers tee off from The Resort's Mallards Café while enjoying your breakfast in a relaxing setting before utilizing the Mt. Hood Territory Heritage Trail app to lead you to Summit Meadow, a historical site along the Barlow Road. Follow the road to one of the most photographed destinations in Mt. Hood Territory, Trillium Lake. After capturing some breathtaking photos, head to Mt. Hood Brewing for lunch. Their burgers are made with Timberline Lodge’s Proprietary Beef and delicious. Afterwards, immerse yourself in the alpine history of Government Camp at the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum and by visiting the local shops.

Back side of Timberline Lodge looking towards Mt. Jefferson with meadow of lupine in forefront in Mt. Hood Territory.

Head across the street to Mt. Hood Skibowl’s Adventure Park which offers more than 20 adrenaline-pumping activities, including the only duel ½-mile alpine slide in the Northwest. Whatever thrills you enjoyed, you’ll be ready for some eats so take your pick between Glacier Public House, historically known as the old Govy Country Store, serving up comfort food, or the Skyway Bar & Grill with live music, games and outdoor happenings.

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Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home. 

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