Summit Meadow Cabins

Summit Meadow Cabins offer not just lodging, but an experience, exposing guests to the outdoors from a comfortable setting and allowing them to learn as much as they want about the local history, flora and fauna and recreational attractions.

Summit Meadow was used for centuries as a native American encampment. It has been a grazing and resting spot along the Oregon Trail, the location of a tollgate constructed for the Barlow Road, the Summit House, a homestead and the site of a 1880s graveyard now managed by the Clackamas County Historical Society, a WPA camp used by workers building Timberline Lodge, a ranger station and a popular site for folks from the valley to camp. Today it is identified as a side trip off the newly designated Mt. Hood National Scenic Byway.

Summit Meadow Cabins work hard to minimize their impact. From the beginning, cabin waste has been recycled, (kitchen scraps become compost used for planters), dead and dying lodgepole pine from the property has been cut up and used for firewood in three cabins, the grounds are maintained with native plants, and great effort is taken to provide wildlife habitat around the cabins.

Su,,it Meadow Cabins opened in 1981, and occupy a small oasis of private land surrounded by national forest. Today there are five, fully outfitted cabins off the beaten path in a wooded, creekside setting.  Once the snow falls, guests cross-country ski or snowshoe 1.5 miles from the parking area to reach the cabins, and then they’re in the middle of a great winter snow trail system, much of which has been groomed for both cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

  • Located on private land
  • Trained guides available
  • Interpretive signage
  • Fees required for lodging
  • Seasonal access (ski or snowshoe in during the winter)

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