Barlow Butte Trail #670


This trail enters the Mount Hood Wilderness.  The trail offers views of Mount Hood to the northeast, and Mount Jefferson and the Three Sisters to the south. Views are beautiful although trees are limiting some access to viewpoints.

This trail starts at Forest Road 3531 (4,120’), travels southeast, and ends at Barlow Road (Forest Road 3530) (3,160’). From Forest Road 3531 (this trail shares a trailhead with Devil’s Half Acre Trail #482A), the trail heads south on part of the original Barlow Road for 0.1 mile and passes through old growth forest. After crossing the road, the trail heads east-northeast a 0.2 miles to where Devil’s Half Acre Trail #482A leaves this trail. From the junction, the trail climbs 1.1 mile to Barlow Ridge just below Barlow Butte. Hikers can take a user trail to the top of Barlow Butte for the best views. From Barlow Butte the trail travels southeast through meadows and along rocky viewpoints 3.7 miles to the end at Barlow Road (Forest Road 3530). However, from Barlow Butte to Klinger Camp is no longer maintained. The trail is extremely steep and rough for the last 2 miles.

Link to Trail Description & Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Hikers only. Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood River Ranger District

General Information


From Hood River, OR, travel 36.2 miles south on Oregon Hwy 35 to Barlow Pass Snopark (Forest Road 3531), approximately 200 feet west of milepost 60.  Head down Barlow Road 0.15 mile to the trailhead.

From Portland, OR, travel approximately 31 miles east of Sandy on US Hwy 26 to the intersection with Oregon Hwy 35.  Turn north onto Oregon Hwy 35 and travel 2.6 miles to Barlow Pass Sno-Park (Forest Road 3531), approximately 200 feet west of milepost 60.  Head down Barlow Road 0.15 mile to the trailhead.



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5.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
4000 - 5250


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