High on Mount Hood, near the headwaters of the Salmon River, the Alpine Campground is the highest on the Forest. Snow can be present in mid-summer. This campground offers excellent acess to nearby Timberline Lodge and many hiking and mountain biking trails as well as the town of Governement Camp below it. Avg. spur length = 16'
We lucked out with the last site (#3) on the last day it’s technically open (Labor Day). They’re all first come first serve and site #2 seemed to have views of the actual top of the mountain. Our site was really private, enough for multiple tents and a hammock, and it had a big picnic table as well as a fire pit. Views of Mt. Hood peak thru the trees in the site, but you can definitely hear road noise since it’s so close to it.
There was really no where to mention that you can actually camp on Mt. Hood so I used the closest campground. If you are looking for winter camping in the summer, Mt. Hood is the place to go. Obtain a self permit from the visitor's center at the base of the mountain and you can camp anywhere above the ski lift. Most people camp overnight if summiting Mt. Hood but you can still do it even if you are just hiking. It is not a technical climb therefore no crampons or ice axe are necessary. It's a great place if you want to practice self arrest or any other mountaineering technique. No one is usually on the mountain at night so you would have it all to yourself. Truly amazing!
Places like this make Oregon, Oregon. No matter what outdoor activity you're here for, you'll find it here.