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Klingers Camp

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Barlow Butte Trailhead sign at Klingers Camp (bobcat)

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The site of Klingers Camp, on the rutted and narrow FR 3530, has no documented connection with the Oregon Trail although it is located on the route. The association might have begun with a large interpretive sign put up there (the post remains), perhaps by the CCC, in the 1930s. The sign said:

"Historic Oregon/ Mount Hood National Forest/ Klinger’s Camp/ At this place a camp known as a/ 'Hay Burner's Station’ was maintained in/ pioneer days by Louis Klinger, a trapper/ and hunter and his wife Malissa, where/ hay and other supplies were sold to/ emigrants a portion of the original/ fireplace still remains"

Actually, nothing remains of the fireplace. Also, Louis Klinger homesteaded at Eightmile Creek, not here. This place was the site of a trapper’s cabin constructed by one Joe Douglas, and the Klingers probably passed through here from time to time. The CCC sign seems to have disappeared or been taken down some time in the 1990s.

Klingers Camp is the southern terminus and trailhead for the Barlow Butte Trail #670, which has been abandoned for most of its length. It is far better to hike the trail from north to south than to try and find the tread heading north up the slope.

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