1) What is the most scenic way to get from Bend to the Mt. Hood area without too much backtracking? I see in my Oregon map of scenic byways that McKenzie Pass, Cascade Lakes, and the West Cascades Scenic Byway run from Bend in that general area, but they seem somewhat out of the way. Is there a way to incorporate some of those roads without losing too much time? Is it worth it?
2) Once we get to Mt. Hood, it looks like we would then take 35 to the River Gorge area, and follow it west back to Portland, but I see that we would be missing out on the stretch of 26 from Mt. Hood to Troutdale. Will we be missing out on much scenery in this area, and if so, is there an efficient way to incorporate it?