Mt. Hood Recreation Newsletter – June 2012

Below is a newsletter sent out by CLM Services (California Land Management Services):

SPRINGTIME HAS SPRUNG!

A new season of camping has started. We had a great Memorial Day weekend; people were out enjoying themselves and enjoying the nice weather. All the campgrounds on the Clackamas River were open. Kayakers were out in the river, bicyclists were out riding and hikers were out enjoying the many trails Mt Hood National Forest has to offer! The snow is melting fast on the Hwy 26, Trillium Lake campground and Frog Lake campground will be open by June 8th, 2012.

Many of our camphosts from last season have returned, while some have moved on to other forests. Many of our hosts are locals of the Mt. Hood area. While some are full time RVer’s and home is wherever they park their rig.

All our camphosts go through background checks every year. They then go through training at the beginning of the season. This year we did our two day in class training at the Beat Western in Sandy. We had guest speakers from the forest service and speakers from our own company. Then the hosts get two days of training out in the campgrounds. We make sure everyone is ready to make your stay enjoyable.

This year we have expanded the merchandise in the Ripplebrook Store. We added picnic tables outside of the store for your enjoyment. What we are really excited about is the Wi-Fi now available from the Ripplebrook Store. Many of our campers have already taken advantage of it. Many people with smart phones have been able to download an app that lets them make phone calls. Others have used their smart phones to access the internet.

Over at the Clackamas Museum we have expanded on items for sale. We have walking sticks, camping equipment, food items ranging from a can of beans to marshmallows, chocolate and Graham Crackers. We also have bottle water and firewood, and what is a Museum without books and maps. Don’t worry; we still have a museum for you to see, with our knowledgeable staff that can help you with information on the area or the history of The Clackamas Historic Ranger Station.

Lost Creek Campground has two Yomes for rent. Yomes are similar to a Yurt but not quite the same. It’s kind of a combination Yurt and large tent, with two futon bunk beds in each one. Remember if you rent one bring your own bedding and no pets or smoking in side. Plans are to put three Yomes up in Trillium this summer.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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