Government Camp Loop
ElevationAscent: 481' 147 m
Descent: -480' -146 m
High: 4,088' 1,246 m
Low: 3,705' 1,129 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“This almost five mile run circles the town of Government Camp on both sides of Hwy 26 on Crosstown and Summit Trails.”— Kathleen Walker
This suggested loop starts at the Nordic Sno-park trailhead parking lot and heads across Highway 26 to a small road off the loop road that is the start of Lucy's Trail #752 which leads to Maggie's Trail #753. You soon reach Crosstown Trail #755 and head east (right) and travel from the west end of Government Camp to the east end as the trail drops down to the Summit Sno-park. Carefully cross Hwy 26 again and pick up the Summit Trail #691 (which at this point is a gravel road), located just east of the intersections yellow blinking light, as it heads south. Stay on this gravel road and it turns right (west) towards Skibowl's west.
At this point, there can be lots of activity, but travel on the gravel road between the old lodge on your right and the yurts on your left and head west. Follow the road as it skirts the downhill side of a ski-lift, and then head right (northwest) as Summit Trail #691 becomes a trail again. Continue on the trail until it returns you to the road into the Nordic Sno-park trailhead again.
You can add another 1.5 miles on by taking the Camp Creek Trail #754 which is another loop along Crosstown Trail #755. Dining and drinking options can be found close to the trail at the Mt. Hood Brew Pub on the west side or at Skibowl on the south side. To enjoy the numerous options in Government Camp, take the short Glade Trail downhill where the Timberline to Town Trail hits Crosstown Trail #755. This will drop you at a gated road that is East Blossom Trail Road.
The Crosstown Trail #755 is open to runners and mtn. bikers in summer and nordic skiers and snowshoers in winter. It has 20 foot wide clearing limits and a 18-24" trail tread. Numerous large 14-foot wide trails are designed to allow a ski groomer to pass across creeks. While bikes should yield to runners, be on the lookout for bikes. Follow Crosstown Trail #755 headed east. After 4,000 feet, you'll see Wally's Tie Trail #755A on your right. Another half mile along, you'll see a sign for Skiway Trail #755B on your right. Stay on Crosstown Trail #755. A short distance later, you'll come to the intersection with Timberline to Town Trail. If you want to detour into the middle of Government Camp for food at this point, take the trail on your right downhill (should be marked Glade) that heads towards houses and a gated road (E. Blossom Trail). There is no parking in this area. Otherwise continue on Crosstown Trail #755 headed east. The trail drops south and travels through the Summit Ski Area towards the Summit Sno-park.
Cautiously cross Hwy 26 at the yellow blinking light and head slightly left (east) to the gravel road. This is the east end of the Summit Trail. You'll pass an A frame building on your right. Continue on this road as it curves generally south for 0.4 miles until it swings towards the west. Stay on the road as it heads towards Skibowl East. As the road comes into the Skibowl area, stay between the old lodge on your right and the yurts on your left. Stay on the road as it heads west through the ski area. The road will drop down to a ski lift where the Summit Trail #691 turns back into singletrack trail and heads northwest. Follow the trail across as it crosses two more large bridges before it terminates at the trailhead parking lot.
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