Mt. Hood Part 1: Barlow Road + Pioneer Graves

I stayed a week on Mt. Hood this summer, and while it’s not technically Portland, I have to share what I saw.

The Barlow Road is something every visitor to Mount Hood should walk on. It was the last section of the Oregon Trail. Much of the original road has been paved over by newer roads like Highway 26, but around Government camp and on the Western side of the mountain a lot of original road still exists. In fact, there are areas which still have deep ruts from wagon wheels. It was very exciting to be walking along such a historic path in such a remote place.

I walked from Government Camp where I connected with the Barlow trail on the South side of highway 26. This section of the trail is fairy short (only .5 miles) but it’s part of the original road.  After crossing Still Creek, I joined a paved road which ran through a campground. About a mile down the road are the Pioneer graves and Summit Meadows. This is a beautiful meadow in the middle of the forest where Oregon trail pioneers would rest before the last (and very dangerous) leg of their journey.
These photos are from August 9th:

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One thought on “Mt. Hood Part 1: Barlow Road + Pioneer Graves

  1. Joe McGrady says:

    If I am not mistaken, one of the graves is a baby; killed when the back gate of a wagon fell oh his head while he was under it in the shade. The tree here was desecrated years ago by some, by girdling it. Did it recover?

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