Grasshopper Road

Government Camp, Oregon (HoodRiver County)

Last Updated: 12/01/2021
4 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Highlight: Grasshopper Road
From dense second growth forest to exposed shelf road to alpine meadow, Grasshopper Road has a little bit of everything. The lower third of the trail is paved and smooth while the upper two thirds become increasingly rocky and narrow. The shelf road affords sweeping vistas of the basin to the south and the White River area where the famed Barlow Trail once brought pioneer wagon trains across the Cascades to the Willamette Valley. At the terminus of Grasshopper Road, expansive alpine meadows tumble down the ridge hiding a small, idyllic Forest Service campground.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead for Grasshopper Road starts at Barlow Road (NF-48). There is a wide area at the trailhead where several vehicles can air down tires. However, the road is paved up to Waypoint 7.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Government Camp

From Government Camp, head east on US26. Take the Oregon Highway 35 / Hood River exit. After about eight miles, turn southeast onto Barlow Road (FS-48). Head about 12 miles down Barlow Road. The trailhead has a sign indicating that it is the trail to Badger Lake.



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Douglas Van Bossuyt

Mapping Crew - Oregon

Douglas grew up riding in the back of pickups in Oregon and California. He comes from a long line of overlanders and adventurers dating back to the Mayflower and the Oregon Trail. During a stint working in Colorado, Douglas fell in love with the offroad scene and immediately gravitated toward the Toyota crowd. His first 4x4 was a 1988 Toyota 4runner nicknamed Goldilocks. After a year of running many of the iconic trails throughout the front range in the fully stock Goldilocks running on bald tires, it was time for an upgrade. Goldilocks went off to a new home and the Albino Rhino came home. The Albino Rhino is a built 1986 Toyota 4runner ready for any adventure anywhere at any time. During the week, Douglas works on systems engineering and architecture problems in California. Douglas also enjoys backpacking -- especially in the central Sierras in California -- scuba diving along the Oregon and California coasts, and riding his motorcycle on the Pacific Coast Highway. Most weeknights you can find Douglas under his truck in the driveway performing maintenance or fixing the latest trail damage.
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