Trillium Lake Campground
Drive time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
ONE OF MOUNT HOOD’S most popular campgrounds, this majestic mountain retreat lives up to every bit of the hype. There’s hardly a bad view of Hood’s storied summit, either from the shore or reflected in the half-mile-long lake (even when its surface is blurred by ripples from jumping trout). The place fills up quickly, but an online reservation system gives you detailed descriptions of each site, ensuring you get the precise piece of paradise you want. (Sites 10 and 11 are particularly coveted.) Should you seek a little more solitude, follow the Trillium Bike Trail and connect with several new miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails near Government Camp. We won’t tell if you stop for some midroute refreshments at Ice Axe Grill.
Vitals: Open May to September; 57 sites; $18; firewood; drinking water; vault toilets; fire pits; picnic tables; dogs allowed; reservations available
Still Creek Campground
Situated on Mount Hood’s south slope, Still Creek’s 27 sites offer fishing and lots of photo ops.
Frog Lake Campground
Families will love this quaint spot, with 33 sites and plentiful trout fishing and hiking options.
Splurge!: Quads complaining from all that hiking? Book a Mountain Spirit massage with Resort at the Mountain’s spa; the 50 minutes of individualized pampering will have you back on the trail in no time. thespaatmthood.com