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Barlow Trail - No. 601A

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Mt. Hood National Forest
70220 E. Hwy. 26
Zigzag, OR 97049
0.7 mile one-way
30-45 mins
Trailhead Elevation:
3800 feet
Elevation Range:
3800 feet to 4000 feet
Elevation Change:
200 feet
May to November


The Barlow Trail connects Still Creek Campground with Government Camp. Due to its historic value as part of the Barlow Road, It is a bit more primitive than most trails in the area to preserve its historic characteristics. Its rocky terrain and ditch like appearance are representative of how it likely looked when wagons and stock were on it starting in the 1850’s.

This once was a part of the Historic Barlow Road, one of the last legs of the Historic Oregon Trail. Where the trail meets the Still Creek Campground, there is the site of a historic resort called Swim. Swim was most active in the 1920’s. Various foundations from the facility including an old pool can still be found.

Leave What You Find is one of the Leave No Trace principles and is important to keep in mind on this trail. Historical artifacts are reminders of the rich human history of the area. Allow other visitors to discover these sites by leaving them intact. These features, even seemingly insignificant items from 50 years ago, are protected by law.

0.7 mile one-way
30-45 mins
Trailhead Elevation:
Elevation Range:
3800 feet to 4000
Elevation Change:
May to November
Basic Directions

Access 1 - Take U.S. 26 towards the village of Government Camp. At east end of Government Camp turn into the ODOT/Mazama Snopark on the south side of the highway, across from Timberline Road. Follow the access trail at the west end of the parking lot into summit compound (a collection of forest service buildings). From the south end of the compound take Hemlock Trail (#691A) 0.1 mi. to the beginning of the Barlow.

Access 2 -Take U.S. 26 towards Government Camp. Less than 0.5 miles east of Government Camp turn right onto Still Creek Campground Road (Rd. 2650). Drive down into the campground and parking area. The trailhead is located on the western leg of campground loop. Vehicles are not allowed access to the campground during the winter season.

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