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Mt. Hood Forest Cabins Under $160,000

by Liz Warren

If you need a great getaway from the city that's only one hour away from Portland, there can't be a better choice than a Mt. Hood National Forest cabin. They're located in Government Camp and Rhododendron mostly and the forest is filled with 550 cabins! Although they can only be used as second homes they are often a choice for many second home buyers who want an easy accessible location from Portland. 

Keep in mind there is a yearly permit fee ranging from around $1900 to $2800 to own a cabin. The lease/permit is somewhat like CC and R's in a homeowner's association with the rules of ownership. 

Here is a great selection on the market today for under $160,000. Call or email for details on any of these properties or more information on how leased land works.


Mt. Hood National Forest Cabins

Mt. Hood National Forest Cabins

by Liz Warren

One of the most often sought after properties on Mt. Hood are Mt Hood National Forest cabins located mostly above Rhododendron on up to just before the climb to Government Camp along Hiway 26. These cabins were mostly built in the 1930’s and 1940s by Portlanders who wanted a summer getaway thus the term “Summer Homes” used by the Forest Service.

Since that time the cabins have turned into much more than “Summer Homes”. Many skiers who want a weekend getaway close to Mt. Hood’s ski slopes find these cabins the perfect affordable option compared to the higher priced condos and chalets in Government Camp. 

Cabin sales make up around 17% of market sales in 2012. The cabins are anywhere from rustic  hand crafted cabins to completely remodeled and updated cabins fully insulated with gourmet kitchens and hardwood floors.  

The best part about National Forest cabins are the locations. Several waterways meander through the woods including Still Creek, Camp Creek and the Zig Zag River which crosses both sides of Hiway 26. Waterfront cabins are some of the most popular for buyers. The pristine forested setting   and regulated ownership requirements of the permit keep this area one of the most beautiful, undisturbed and anesthetic experience you can have on Mt. Hood.

Still Creek on Mt. Hood

Still Creek on a snowy day.


There are 15 cabins currently for sale in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Contact me at [email protected] for a complete list!






Mt. Hood Cabin Sales

by Liz Warren

Mt. Hood National Forest Cabin sales hit a total of five over the past four months. Despite the colder weather of winter we saw buyers ready to purchase, mostly with cash, in todays Mt. Hood real estate market.  Many of these national forest cabins had been for sale over a year so the pricing points were finally hitting the area where buyers were ready to take action. Mt. Hood cabins are located on leased land and are not available for traditional bank financing. Tightening of credit had pinched off some alternative sources of cash for buyers of these charming cabins. Although prices for sellers have taken a big hit like all real estate, a Mt. Hood cabin is a wonderful choice for a second home on Mt. Hood. The pristine settings on Zig Zag River, Camp Creek or Still Creek in Rhododendron and the Government Camp area make for a wonderful natural setting for a getaway.

More information on Mt. Hood Cabins in the Mt. Hood National Forest

Here are the sales:

Mt. Hood Cabin sales

This custom built home is a gem in the woods. It's very close to the Mt. Hood National Forest, in fact, just down the street. Have the entire forest at your disposal with hiking trails along the Salmon River! The home was built by local builder Dave Eldredge of Welches. This charming three bedroom, two bath home has a large great room that is perfect for family or friends gathering. A huge covered deck faces a treed setting and seasonal creek. It's perfect for entertaining!

If you're a skier, the convenience of the slopes only 20 minutes away is a real bonus. A 27 hole golf course at the Resort at the Mountain is a just down the road too so you've got the recreational end covered. There's nothing like a day of skiing and putting your feet up in front of the wood stove to warm up the toes! Or, hop into the hot tub just steps away from the deck. 

Asking $210,000, this is a great buy!

Take a tour of this Welches home here:

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Great Cabin Getaway Near Camp Creek

by Liz Warren


If you're looking for a  well maintained cabin near Government Camp, this is it! The condition is great and it comes completely furnished and ready to go for summer and ski season. It's located only a short walk to Camp Creek and the slopes are only about 7 minutes away!

It has a quiet location in a sunny spot in the Mt. Hood National forest. There are two private bedrooms and a kids loft upstairs with three sleeping areas. Kids love the loft! A toe warming propane stove heats up the living area. The great room floor plan is great for weekend getaways. There an extra long eating bar for serving up morning pancakes before you head up the mountain.

A nice deck is off the dining area to a full view of the woods. You can hear Camp Creek from the back deck.

VERY AFFORDABLE at $125,000!

take a tour here

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Mt. Hood Forest Homeowners Association Annual Meeting

by Liz Warren

Attention Mt. Hood National Forest Cabin Owners!!!!!!

The homeowner's meeting is scheduled this Saturday, June 26th in the Zig Zag Ranger Station Parking Lot.

Meeting starts at 12:45

11:30

Lunch 12:00

Please bring a salad or dessert or another of your favorite dishes to share.  You will need to provide your own chairs for seating.



Welcome and update from Board

          Accomplishments since last meeting

                                C2 contribution


                                Appraisal Results/Appeal Process

                                Introduction of new board members


Water – Dave Jacobs

                Water Master update on both systems


Forest Service – Christy Covington and Fran Lanagan


                Road Maintenance Discussion


Guest Speaker – Pete Bailey – NFH Board Member

                Update on legislative effort of C2

                Political progress that affects Ht Hood Cabin  owners

                Work at the National Forest Homeowners regarding the   Future of                                         our Cabin Permit Fee



Even More HELOC issues

by Liz Warren

Many buyers of Mt. Hood properties in Welches, Government Camp and Rhododendron use HELOCS to obtain downpayments and purchases of second homes and investment properties. With a pinching off of HELOC funds, this could impact sales in our area.

Do you have a home equity line of credit? Well, be sure and check if you think you do because many banks are pulling these and notifying owners after the fact. Some homeowners are writing checks on these equity lines and finding their checks have bounced even before the notification.

Housing prices are adjusting downward all over the nation. Home Equity Lines of Credit are based on home valuations. Depending upon what state you live in, the amount of your total home debt can be 65% or 75% of your home value. The "home value" is determined by a computer model the banks use.

If you read the small print of your agreement the banks have a right to pull this at any time the home value reaches a certain amount and they can immediately freeze your ability to use this line of credit.

Turmoil in the banking industry will cause even further tightening of credit for Helocs over the next 24 months as they sort out the sub-prime mess and capital issues.  Just be aware that this instrument to gain funds may not be there for a while!

Zig Zag Riverfront Cabin near Mt. Hood

by Liz Warren


$210,000   only SEVEN minutes to skiing!


Charming and well maintained ski cabin on the banks of the Zig Zag River only seven minutes from ski areas! It's spacious with nearly 1400 square feet of living space. Plenty of room in the living room, kitchen and dining area. Franklin fireplace for warming up after skiing. The living room has tall ceilings with wood beams and wood accents.

The kitchen and dining area are open and you can watch the river through a wall of windows that look out to the forest and river.

A deck is located on the front of the cabin for listening to the river.

Most of the windows have been replaced making a warm and cozy cabin for wintertime use.

A handy wood storage area is just off the mud room. You'll love the bathroom which was completely rebuilt  including a full sized shower and tub.

A metal roof is perfect in case it snows. The snow will slip right off the roof for easy care.

Located only one hour from Portland in the Mt. Hood National Forest with thousands of miles of hiking trails in your back yeard. leased land in the Mt. Hood National Forest.



by Liz Warren



This is a NO HASSLE cabin that is very well buil. It's located in the Mt. Hood National Forest complete with two bedrooms, bonus family room,  Plus living room with wood stove insert. Spread out! Newer roof too. Sleeps a ton of people and it's only eight minutes to the slopes. Very affordable. leased land


Zig Zag Riverfront Cabin

by Liz Warren

This is a classic! You'll love the knotty pine throughout and the location can't be beat. Many owners couldn't get to their cabins for months this winter but this one is just off a paved plowed road! Nestled on the banks of the Zig Zag river with a nice sandy beach to place your lawn chairs and watch the fish fly by!

The cabin has a roomy living area with vaulted ceilings, a sleeping nook and a loft over the living room. I love the riverrock stone hearth with a woodstove insert! There's also a free standing propane stove too. Original paned windows througout! A nice privated bedroom with built ins and a remodeled bathroom too. Store your wood or vehicle in the huge garage.

The best part, this is only 15 minutes to skiing and ONE hour from Portland. This cabin sits in the Mt. Hood National Forest on leased land. You can even walk right over to the grocery store in Rhododendron on the walking bridge.


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Liz Warren
Merit Properties Group - Keller Williams Realty PDX Central
Box 131
Welches OR 97067
Direct: 503-705-3090