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TOLLGATE, OR

Photo: TOLLGATE
Status: Closed through Thu May 08 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Tollgate Campground is one of the most convenient to Portland, making it a great headquarters for exploring the Mt. Hood area. It stands in the southwestern shadow of Oregon's highest point, Mt. Hood. The campground provides access to a variety of trails, as well as historic sites, including spots along the famed Oregon Trail.

Natural Features:

The campground is located in the Mt. Hood National Forest, approximately 32 miles southeast of Portland, at an elevation of about 2,100 feet. The campground sits on the north bank of the Zigzag River, just east of the community of Rhododendron, in a humid, semi-subtropic environment of Douglas fir and cedar trees.

Tollgate Campground was originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and some historic features, such as rock fireplaces and a reconstructed picnic shelter still remain.

Recreation:

A variety of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails are available in the area. The nearly 10-mile Pioneer Bridle Trail passes through the campground. A replica of the original Barlow Road tollgate is just east of the campground. The gate was used by travelers along the Oregon Trail from 1879 to 1919.

A day-use picnic area at the campground, providing access to the scenic surroundings, as well as the nearby river and Camp Creek. Anglers enjoy the sport of catch-and-release fishing for small trout and whitefish.

Facilities:

The campground offers single-family sites for tent and RV camping. Parking surfaces are dirt and gravel and sometimes uneven. Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided.

An adjacent picnic shelter can be reserved for day use and can accommodate up to 30 people and 10 vehicles. It is equipped with multiple tables and pedestal grills.

Nearby Attractions:

The campground is 2.5 miles from the town of Zigzag, which offers a variety of services, including lodging, eateries and a variety of shops.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • RV sites
  • River Access
  • Tent Pads
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Lodging
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • In accordance with standard industry practices, Mount Hood Recreation will be assessing a $8 additional vehicle fee on the 'second vehicle' in each single family campsite, and on the 'third and fourth vehicle' in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered as one vehicle for determining additional vehicle fees. The third and fourth motorcycle would also be considered as one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • No hookups available
  • Off-road vehicle use is prohibited within the campground
  • Click here for more information on the Mt. Hood National Forest
The campground is managed by Mount Hood Recreation, a division of Northwest Land Management. Comment forms and more information are available from campground hosts or on our website.

Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.32194, -121.90528
45°19'19"N, 121°54'19"W

From Portland, travel southeast on Highway 26 for about 32 miles.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

TOLLGATE
MT. HOOD
OR

Phone Number:

Information: (541)328-0909