Description - Covering the eastern portion of the Mount Hood National Forest, the Barlow Ranger District offers a variety of outdoor recreation as well as beautiful scenery for visitors to enjoy. Activities include fishing, hiking, biking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding, huckleberry picking, and boating. In addition, the ranger district features the Badger Creek Wilderness, which exposes views of deep canyons and rock outcrops, offers the 12.7 mile Badger Creek Trail, and contrasts the other more frequented wildernesses in providing plenty of solitude.
Another way to experience the "eastside forest" is to take a scenic drive on Forest Road 44 from Highway 35 to Dufur, where a side road takes you to High Prairie. From there, a one mile trail leads to Lookout Mountain, the second highest peak in the forest. The Rock Creek Reservoir Recreational Area, also in this ranger district, has a unique mix of features. Near the National Forest boundary, swaying wheat fields wave visitors on to beckoning fir and pine forests. In addition, this area offers barrier-free fishing and camping, RV sites and boat ramps.
- The Barlow Ranger District features the Badger Creek Wilderness, which is home to the second highest peak in the forest, Lookout Mountain, dry and steep slopes, the 12.7 mile Badger Creek Trail, and views of deep canyons and rock outcrops. Furthermore, misty, moist days of the west side woods give way to the dry and sunny ones on the eastside of the Cascade slopes as well as an old-growth ponderosa pine forest, tumbling streams and alpine meadows gracing this portion of the forest.
Recreation - Recreation in this ranger district include fishing, hiking, biking, backpacking, camping, horseback riding and boating.
Climate - Climate on the Mt. Hood changes with elevation.The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days with moderate temperatures.
Located in the eastern portion of the Mount Hood National Forest, the Barlow Ranger District can be accessed from Highways 216 and 35, as well as Primary Forest Routes 44, 43, 48 and 17.