Government Camp Trail System Map
Government Camp Trail System Map

We have a summer and winter trails map

Bringing bridge wood in
Bringing bridge wood in

Trails had wide clearing limits for groomed nordic use in winter, and narrower tread for hiking and mt. biking. This allowed us to access bridge sites with large equipment like Gradall here.

One of many snow groomer bridges
One of many snow groomer bridges

Working with equipment contractor and Americorps Youth Trail Crew, we built a total of 13 bridges - most are large nordic grooming trail bridges.

Equipment operator, me & trail crew
Equipment operator, me & trail crew

Bridges were designed for a nordic trail groomer

Large bridge has bike running board
Large bridge has bike running board

Groomer bridges have running board and curb logs for mountain bikes. We do not have bridge rails, due to grooming.

Maggie's Trail
Maggie's Trail

Very high water tables in Government Camp required some subsurface drainage and packed gravel to hold up to sustainable mountain bike use.

Crosstown Trail
Crosstown Trail

Crosstown Trail was reconstructed and serves as the main route from one end of Govy to the other - hence the name.

AmeriCorps Crew on Trillium Bike Tr.
AmeriCorps Crew on Trillium Bike Tr.

We had different AmeriCorps Trail Crews work on this project and they were always a hardworking and enthusiastic team.

Trail turnpike on Trillium Bike Trai
Trail turnpike on Trillium Bike Trai

Trillium Bike Trail had several wet areas that required turnpike and drainages.

Oregon Youth Conservation Corps
Oregon Youth Conservation Corps

Oregon Youth Conservation Corps (OYCC) helped install trail signs on the Government Camp Trail System.

The inaugural first trail ride
The inaugural first trail ride

The trail crew and me on the inauguration ride of the newly finished Timberline to Town Trail, our last trail completed in the system. It is the most popular trail in the area!

Timberline to Town Trail
Timberline to Town Trail

The Mt. Express Bus will shuttle you to Timberline Lodge where you can ride TImberline to Town, to Crosstown, to Pioneer Bridle to the Forest boundary in Rhododendron, catch the bus and do it again!

Government Camp Trail System Project

Project Overview:  The Government Camp Trail System Project constructed over 12 miles of trails around the community of Government Camp.  The trails link the town to Timberline Lodge above and Trillium Lake below.  The trails were designed for cross-country skiing in winter, and hiking and mountain biking in summer.  Trail design had to allow for the winter use as well as achieve mountain biking design guidelines.  The project was funded with a combination of Clackamas County Economic Development funds, Forest Service staff, Northwest AmeriCorps Trail Crews, a local equipment contractor, and Recreation Trail Program grant funds.  

My Duties: Planner and Project Manager.  Grant writing and management, contracting and oversight of equipment operator and AmeriCorps Crew, supervision of Forest Service trail crew, sign plan review, brochure development and marketing.

Project Photos - click on photo