A BRIEF WORD FROM THE ORGANIZERS
Cascade Geographic Society’s very special Annual Mount Hood
Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days will
take place on August 26 (Friday), August 27 (Saturday),
and August 29 (Sunday). The festivities will be held at Mt. Hood Village,
65000 East U.S. Highway 26 in the Village of Brightwood, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This is a family-oriented Festival with no admission charge and free
This year’s Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival
& Barlow Trail Days will help celebrate the first attempted [but failed]
of Mount Hood’s southern flank 156 years ago, and the 155th Anniversary of the
opening of the first toll road over the Cascade Mountain Range. With a toll of
$5 per wagon, this overland route was fashioned out of an ancient Indian trail
and served as an overland route for emigrants not having the $50 per wagon fee
raft their wagon down the Columbia River.
The Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days celebrates the
history and natural resources associated with Mount Hood and the Oregon Trail.
It’s a time for young and old, people from all walks of life, to come together
for the festivities.
"Festivals such as
this one are ideal because people can enjoy themselves
while appreciating those very special things that Nature provides us, along
with the history that goes with the natural landscapes," explains
Michael P. Jones
of the Cascade Geographic Society. "You can’t help but to take a good look at what all
we have here in Oregon and the Northwest and know that we’re very lucky. Holding
this celebration [the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days] on Mount
is ideal since this Mountain is the symbol of Oregon and the Cascadian
of the Northwest. Where else could you really celebrate our natural, historical,
cultural resources with so many people from different walks of life and age
The Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow
Trail Days is actually a reincarnation of an earlier celebration that began back
in 1890 with the opening of the Welches Hotel in the quaint little Village of
Welches. The hotel, known as the "Big House", was operated by 1840’s
Oregon Trail emigrant, trading post operator, and founder of this frontier
settlement along the Salmon River, Samuel Welch, who resembled the character of
Uncle Sam. Samuel, along with his son Billy, opened a campground along the
Salmon River two years prior to the hotel, which sowed the seeds for the tourist
industry on Mount Hood. This year’s Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival &
Barlow Trail Days, as in the very early beginnings of this event, pays tribute
to Mount Hood’s unique bounty of Huckleberries and its other special natural
resources, in addition to its history.
This Festival has become part of a tradition that brings people back to the
slopes of Mount Hood year after year. On hand at this year’s Mount Hood
Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days will be more tasty products made
from Oregon’s "blue gold" -- Wild Huckleberries -- than we’ve ever
had and they will be on sale. And, as in previous years, there will be a big
demand for them, but we doubt that we’ll sell out. They will be on sale each
day of the Festival, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunday until 5 p.m. only).
For additional information on the Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow
Trail Days or other festivals and events, please contact Michael P. Jones at
(503) 622-4798, or Nita Kreuzer at (503) 658-6233.