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Mount Hood Creekside Campground

Updated: Oct 6, 2023

Mount Hood National Forest was on my route and I had two nights planned there. The reason why I chose 2 nights in this location was because I was flying in from the airport at noon, then had to pick a car, then I had to run to Goodwill and get blankets and stuff. I had placed an order at Walmart about a mile away from Goodwill several days earlier and by the time I got that, food, ice and stuff it was getting late and it was dark by the time I set up. So I wanted that whole day in the Mt. Hood Forest.

My campsite was awesome. My site was where the Civilian Conservation Corps of 1936 ate their community meals.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), was established by Congress on March 31, 1933, provided jobs for young, unemployed men during the Great Depression. Over its 9-year lifespan, the CCC employed about 3 million men nationwide. Anyhow, they ate their meals right here.

Woke early in the morning, made some coffee and set out for Trillium Lake.

Speechless how marvelous the lake was. The Lake was formed by a dam at the headwaters of Mud Creek, tributary to the Salmon River. It was created by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1960. Parked and walked around for an hour or so.

These were all Day Use spots along the sides of Trillium Lake.

Then I went to stand on the balcony of The Timberline Lodge. What a view! Cool destination. This is the same balcony that on the morning of September 28, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the First Lady, and an entourage of ninety arrived at the lodge to be greeted by an assemblage of twelve hundred. He dedicated the lodge, proclaiming that Timberline was a “monument to the skill and faithful performance of workers.”

Then on the side of the road I saw this historical marker and made a stop. I got to walk on the Oregon Trail.

I walked to the top and then you came out to a beautiful carved path that was paved. Looked like a nice bike trail.

Then, I went back to my spot and enjoyed Spot #25 at Mt. Hood Creekside Campground

Had a little dinner and watched the sun go down. Leaving for Sister's Oregon in the morning.

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