Ramblings of a Techno-Viking

McNeil Campground, Mount Hood National Forest

Mount Hood National Forest (in northern Oregon) is where I will be spending my summer as a campground host. Since the campground I will be at is still snowed in, I am currently at another campground, helping with it and getting others ready for the summer.

McNeil campground is several miles from the Zigzag ranger station, near the Sandy River. At $15/night ($8 for an extra vehicle) it is one of the cheapest my company manages. Each of the 34 sites has a picnic table or two and fire ring, and there are two sets of vault toilets in the campground. Some sites have enough room for an RV, others have the table and fire ring separated from the parking area by up to 50 feet. The sandy soil is mostly covered in moss, and there are many pine and other trees. There is no water in the campground, and while the river is close it isn't easy to access. There are hand pumps for water in the nearby Riley Horse Camp. There are no reservations at McNeil campground, but has not been busy so far.