Interested in Hood River?
We'll send you updates with the latest deals, reviews and articles for Hood River each week.
Topics include Transportation, United States: For Foreign Visitors & more!
Mount Hood National Forest is near the Columbia Gorge, accessable from Highway 35 just past Hood River or on Highway 26 through Sandy and Welches on the Portland side just a short hour or so away.
This beautiful mountain can be seen for miles around, distinguishable by the distinct white cone top.
Usually snowy even in summer, the beautiful white against the sky looking east from the Portland area makes for beautiful pictures.
Opportunities for camping, fishing, hiking and experiencing nature at its finest are just part of Mount Hood's draw. The many National Forest Service campgrounds in the area are rustic and suitable for only for tent or short trailer camping. These campgrounds mostly have no hookups at all or very few. Maximum length of trailers is usually under 25'. Check with the campground you desire to visit to be sure. The quiet is great for recomposing your life after a hectic business or family life. Some campgrounds are concessionare run, others are run by the many camp hosts that volunteer in the area. There are some rustic campgrounds suitable for just a sleeping bag.
Come winter, Mount Hood lights up with the many ski areas there. Famous and historic Timberline Lodge, built in coordination with the WPA, is just one of the ski areas available on Mount Hood. Timberline has guided tours and a historical area within the Lodge as well. When the weather cooperates, Timberline is a beautiful Lodge to have a nice lunch or dinner in during off season as well. As high up as it is, you can see beautiful sunsets as you depart the Lodge after dinner.
Some of the other ski areas in the area include Hoodoo, Mount Hood Meadows (known for night skiing) and Cooper Spur.
Winter fun is not contained on two skis or even a snowboard. Many go there to have snow ball fights or go tubing down the mountain. Some go to build the first snowman of the season. Locals go get a tag from the Zig Zag Ranger Station and pick up their Christmas Tree off the mountain.
Just be sure to get a snow park pass before leaving your vehicle. They are available all over the mountain as well as in town at local stores.
Those visiting Mount Hood can make arrangements for lodging, if not at the lodges themselves, in surrounding Welches, Government Camp, Sandy, or on the Hood River side, in one of the many fine hotels or bed and breakfast lodges in Hood River or Parkdale.