Also operated by Timberline Lodge, the Lodge at Government Camp (along the Government Camp loop, www.thelodgeatgovernmentcamp.com, $235–360, two-night minimum stay) is a rather grand structure that offers eight condo units ranging 2–4 bedrooms. All units are fully furnished and have complete kitchens; guests have access to all facilities at Timberline Lodge.
More conventional lodgings are also available in Government Camp. The Mount Hood Inn (87450 E. Government Camp Loop, 503/272-3205 or 800/443-7777, www.mthoodinn.com, $159 and up) is a good bet.
If that’s too expensive, the venerable Huckleberry Inn (Government Camp Loop, 503/272-3325, www.huckleberry-inn.com, $85 and up) has both standard guest rooms and a slightly funky bunkroom that you can rent for a group of up to 14 people ($180).
A new and outsized condo development, Collins Lake Resort (Government Camp Loop, 800/234-6288, http://collinslakeresortvacations.com, $269–489), is in the heart of Government Camp and offers chalets and multibedroom condos.
Speaking of housing large groups, cabins are a cost-effective way for groups of three or more to stay in beautiful surroundings near hiking trails, ski slopes, and other outdoor recreation. Some of the most popular and best-situated cabins on the mountain are those at Summit Meadow (503/272-3494, www.summitmeadow.com, $165–230 weekday; $350–550 weekend, minimum two-night stay). The five cabins range from a cozy one-bedroom with a sleeping loft to a large two-bedroom cabin with a loft that’ll sleep you and nine of your closest friends.
These cabins are located 1.5 miles south of Government Camp in a secluded setting surrounded by national forest. The cabins are open year-round, and in the winter are accessible only by cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in about 1.5 miles from the Sno-Park.
Mount Hood Village (65000 E. U.S. 26, Welches, 800/255-3069, $129–200) is another good value. Although it is primarily an RV park, it also includes a cluster of wooden cabins near the Salmon River. Close by the Forest Service information center and bookstore as well as the Ramona Falls trailhead, Cascade Streamwatch, and the Rendezvous Grill and Tap Room, the resort includes a fitness room and the Courtyard Cafe, which serves breakfast and lunch. Choose between basic “cabins in the woods” sleeping four and large “vacation cottages” with features like hot tubs and saunas.
Cascade Property Management (24403 E. Welches Rd., Suite 104, 503/622-5688 or 800/635-5417, www.mthoodrentals.com) posts dozens of enticing offerings on their website, most located down the mountain around the Sandy River. These cabins come with all the amenities you’d find in a hotel room and then some (firewood and kitchen implements included). Rates vary with the season and the size of the unit. A typical summer rate for a 1,500-square-foot unit with several bedrooms sleeping six might be $280 per night. Rates go as low as $160 for small units to over $500 for larger cabins sleeping more than a dozen people. Many of these cabins enjoy secluded locations, and the rental office provides discounted lift tickets to several Mount Hood ski areas. Look for the rental office just west of the Hoodland shopping center.
For more listings of cabins and property management companies, see www.mthood.info.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel