Bark's Summer Base Camp

To connect more people with Mt. Hood National Forest and to inspire advocacy for its protection and care, Bark invites you to our annual, public camp out! 


Our annual camp out is open to anyone who wishes to join for any length of time (even if it’s just one day)!

Base Camp is a public campout in the beautiful Mt. Hood National Forest, during which campers will support Bark’s work by contributing time to gather critical field information on proposed logging projects in the surrounding woods. We’ve also invited speakers and presenters from around Mt. Hood to participate and share their work so that as we spend time together in the forest we can build connections and find intersections between our work and that of other environmental, social, and other place-based movements.

Join us and experience the joy of living in the forest! For those of us living around Mt. Hood, the forest is key to our quality of life. Mt Hood is currently one of the top carbon-storing forests in the country, placing its future management at the forefront of averting the most catastrophic effects of climate change. Mt. Hood also brings millions of visitors to our region each year and provides a domestic water supply for 1 million Oregonians. This forest provides habitat for culturally iconic salmon and steelhead, and countless other wildlife species. The immediate area around our camp has spectacular scenic beauty including intact ancient forest, high mountain lakes, and dazzling native plant species.

We envision the forests of Mt. Hood as a symbol of inclusivity and the public good. Mt. Hood’s forests are public, meaning they belong to us all. Through our work to protect the forests, we witness our future compromised by the constant pressure of an insatiable economy and the same corporate dominance that tears apart communities and ecosystems worldwide. What better place to meet and discuss the work to be done in order to create a better world for us all?


Please review the Ground Rules for Base Camp here.

Our group campsite will be free of charge & family-friendly and thanks to generous donations from our supporters and local businesses – breakfast and dinner will be provided. We will hold a wide variety of free workshops and activities each evening at camp. This camp out is our way of encouraging more people to get involved to advocate for the protection this amazing forest. The primary goal of this camp out is to bring people together to gather on-the-ground information about the area threatened by commercial logging.

Bark will provide:

  • A beautiful, free & primitive campsite (NW Forest Pass not necessary to park).
  • Drinking water
  • Basic breakfast (i.e. oatmeal, toppings, fruit)
  • Coffee and tea
  • Dinner – we can accommodate many diets (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free), but please come prepared to meet your own specific dietary needs
  • Training and information, field guides, etc.
  • Supplies for groundtruthing and other group activities

Whether or not you are a seasoned camper, please review WHAT TO PACK FOR BASE CAMP.

Since our campsite will be primitive (to allow free camping for all), please come prepared for:

  • No electrical hookups
  • No cell service or wifi
  • No garbage pickup
  • No plumbing (although we will have water available on site)
  • No flush toilets (we will be using outhouses)


  • Base Camp’s location has limited closeby parking spaces, so be mindful of the space you take up with your vehicle
  • If you are planning on sleeping in your vehicle, please note that there are limited flat spots in the proximity of camp. If they fill up we can provide recommendations of other locations in the area.

*Click here to see if you can make a contribution from our donations wish list*

Call (503) 331-0374 for more information or any other questions!


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