Under the Stars near Portland
At 5,900 feet high, this is the highest campground on Mount Hood, and is located on the edge of the windswept pumice fields on the eastern flanks of the mountain near Cooper Spur (a popular climbing route to the summit of Mount Hood). The campground isn't very big, and therein lies part of its beauty. Even if the campground is full, you won't feel as though you're in a refugee camp (as you do at some of the larger state park campgrounds). Because this campground is at the end of a winding gravel road, it tends to attract people committed to a quiet camping experience.
Hiking and mountain climbing are the main activities up this way, and from the campground, you can hike four miles or more up Cooper Spur or head out on the Timberline Trail. Head west on this latter trail, and you'll cross a couple of roaring creeks (which often must be forded) and pass through thick forest before reaching the wildflower meadows of the Elk Cove area. Hike south, and you immediately strike out across barren pumice slopes with big views out across the dry lands of central Oregon.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication