Mt Hood National Forest Fire Ban

Effective immediately fires are prohibited within Mt. Hood National Forest.  Unlike most fire restrictions this one includes fires within developed campgrounds.  Other restrictions include the following: No campfires, stove fires,…

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Elk Cove Hike

If you have ever hiked the 40 mile long Timberline Trail that circumnavigates Mt. Hood then you are familiar with the beautiful meadows of Elk Cove on the north side of the mountain. Elk Cove is tucked away in a remote area of Mt. Hood far from any roads, ski areas or cabins and it is this seclusion that gives it its charm. There are several ways to get to Elk Cove but for this hike we approached it from the Elk Cove trailhead near Laurence Lake just outside of Parkdale.

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Willamete National Forest Campground Fee Increases

The Willamette National Forest is considering fee increases for camping, cabin and day use areas starting in 2017.  The fee increases are long due and the area has not seen an increase in over 8 years. What's more, there has been a massive surge in outdoor recreation over the last few years which has put an increased strain on our parks systems in Oregon.

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