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Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
No
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Located on a small peninsula on the northwest shore of Timothy Lake and just off of the Timothy Lake Loop Trail, this walk-in campground consists of four primitive campsites 1 mile from the trailhead and parking lot. There were several unofficial sites near the campground that were also popular for campers, but these have been closed. Hikers will find a few sites along the trail between Meditation Point and the parking lot, as well.

If you’d prefer not to hike into your campsite but are still interested in a quiet and serene outdoor experience, explore the lake’s North Arm Campground or the nearby Little Crater Lake and Clackamas Lake Campgrounds.  If you don’t mind a few neighbors, look at the south shore’s more established campgrounds: Pine Point CampgroundHoodview Campground, Gone Creek Campground and Oak Fork Campground.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Pros

Numerous backcountry campsites next to the lake.

Cons

One-mile hike to access the sites.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Mount Hood National Forest

Address

Meditation Point Trail #526
OR
United States

Features

Vault toilet
Swimming holes

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

05/18/2018
Meditation point is the ideal place to camp if you are looking for a peaceful, gorgeous backcountry camping experience for a night in Mount Hood NF. I camped there about two weeks ago with my dog. The trailhead isn’t necessarily easy to find since there are no obvious signs at the turnoff from the road, but when in doubt, follow the blue dot on Google Maps when you have no service, and you’ll be fine! There’s a small parking lot with maps and a few station, though there were no fee slips or anything when I was there (not sure if this is because it was before Memorial Day). The maps show dozens of spacious dispersed spots along the lake. The one-mile hike is easy and beautiful, which I saw as more of a pro than a con, because you are rewarded with lovely, secluded primitive campsites in the forest with amazing lake views and without having to trek too far to get there. It’s obvious why this spot is called Meditation Point. Definitely recommend!
05/26/2018
Took my wife here for her first camping trip and she loved it. It was so serene. The spot has plenty of room and you have a nice creek (dinger creek) nearby to collect water from and plenty of firewood around to collect. No major hikes but the bliss is appealing all the while. We hiked the mile from the dock where main parking is. Well worth it to have the seclusion. Made the mistake of trying to take the GPS route first that takes you closer and my car wouldn't make it. (Civic)
05/26/2018
Took my wife here for her first camping trip and she loved it. It was so serene. The spot has plenty of room and you have a nice creek (dinger creek) nearby to collect water from and plenty of firewood around to collect. No major hikes but the bliss is appealing all the while. We hiked the mile from the dock where main parking is. Well worth it to have the seclusion. Made the mistake of trying to take the GPS route first that takes you closer and my car wouldn't make it. (Civic)
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