Little Crater Lake Campground is one of the most scenic spots in Mt. Hood National Forest and a very comfortable place to camp. It is not far from Little Crater Lake, a cold, crystal clear, spring-fed pond. Also nearby is Timothy Lake, where boaters and anglers enjoy recreating, all in the shadows of Mt. Hood, Oregon's highest point.
A short path to view Little Crater Lake begins in the campground. It connects to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, which winds its way through the area, past Timothy Lake and up the slopes of Mt. Hood. The long-distance trail is popular among hikers and backpackers, stretches 2,650 miles through California, Oregon and Washington, from Canada to Mexico.
Visitors enjoy fishing at Timothy Lake, which covers roughly 1,400 acres. Anglers will find Kokanee salmon and a variety of stocked trout.
The campground offers more than a dozen single-family sites for tent and RV camping. Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets are provided. A hand-pump water spigot is located near the campground's entrance and is the only source of water within the facility. Utility hookups are not available. Parking surfaces are grass, dirt and irregularly shaped.
The quiet campground is nestled in an evergreen forest at an elevation of 3,300 feet. Little Crater Lake is a geologic oddity, possibly formed by artesian water forcing its way through soft, volcanic rock. The beautiful, turquoise water is a wonder to see.
The surrounding meadow is a great place for observing birds and other wildlife. The region is ripe for huckleberry picking as well.
The Clackamas Lake Ranger Station Historic District is less than 10 miles from the campground. It was built to house forest service workers in the early 1900s. The rustic architecture and historic nature of the buildings and the surrounding area draws thousands of visitors each year.
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Such a nice getaway spot from Portland in the ever beautiful Mt. Hood National Forest. Not too busy and had a wonderful 3 nights visiting. Great summer weather in August and not too buggy. Short walk to Little Crater Lake and from there you can continue onto the PCT to walk towards Timothy Lake. We did this and had a lovely picnic lunch and afternoon swim in Timothy Lake. Great scenic views and relatively quiet.
We went in July and it was very cold, most of the park was closed, lots of mosquitos. The lake itself was absolutely beautiful… likely the most amazing thing I've ever seen. The campground wasn't bad, but just go during a good season!!!
Incredible blue and wonderful hiking trails all around, including the Pacific Crest Trails. The campsite is small and simple, a short walk to the lake. The campsites are among the trees and lovely, fairly private, great shade. We were lucky to be there in spring for wildflowers with bright sun for rainbow meadows and surreal blue pool. Worth a detour!!
After crater lake, this place really is little. Nice clear water with a decent campground right over the boardwalk
The campground itself is not anything special. Little crater lake is located less than 1/4 mile away from the campground. It is absolutely beautiful, and there are plenty of places to go hiking around it. Timothy lake is located about 5 miles away.