At 11,240ft, Mt Hood extends over much of northern Oregon whenever there’s a bright day, exerting an almost irresistible tug on hikers, skiers, and sightseers. In summer months, wildflowers bloom on the hillside, and hidden ponds shine in blue, making for some exceptional hikes; in winter, cross-country and downhill skiing dominate people’s bodies and minds.
Let’s explore Mt Hood in our Today’s Travel Guide.
How to reach Mt Hood?
The primary route into the Mount Hood area is the old U.S. 26. The fastest way to get to U.S. 26 from Portland is to move through Interstate 84 east, take any of the freeways Gresham exits, then move towards the road south to Powell Street (U.S. 26). Follow U.S. 26 just east to the Mount Hood area; this will take you through the Mount Hood National Forest and the town of Sandy.
Things to See and Things to do in Mt Hood
Take your memorable postcard photo of Mount Hood from Lost Lake, which catches the white peak arising from a deep-blue lake amid the thick green forest. This provincial side trip offers relief when the canyon gets too hot. To reach Lost Lake, 20 miles south of Hood River, take Hwy 281 from Hood River to the next town, Dee, and follow the signs. You can rent a paddleboat and canoe at the resort here.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Mount Hood is home to numerous snowboarding skiing resorts: Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood Meadows, and Ski Bowl, as well as the two lesser-known Cooper Spur and Summit Ski Area. Mount Hood has the only ski area in America that is open 12 months of the year, and Ski Bowl has the most extensive night skiing area in America. There are several ski and snowboard camps offered. It is best to contact each resort to explore more details.
The construction of Timberline Lodge in 1936–37 CE was a massive project for the WPA (Works Progress Administration), which hired up to 500 workers to construct the 43,700-sq-ft, log-and-stone lodge mostly by hand, using timber and local stone. To highlight the region’s natural beauty, architects built the six-sided central tower to echo Mt Hood’s peak.
The steeply slanted sides leading away from the rooms are intended to shed the massive snowfalls and parallel mountain ridges.
The inside of the lodge is where the artistry is most visible. The central chimney rises 92ft through a couple of floors of open lobby. All the furniture was handcrafted in WPA carpentry halls, and paintings and murals of stylized, stylized stocky – in the style of Socialist Realist art – decorate the walls.
Pacific Crest Trail
The famed Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,650-mile footpath that follows the Sierra Nevada and Cascades mountains from Canada to Mexico and moves around the west side of Mt. Hood. It crosses one-tenth mile above Timberline Lodge and descends between Mount Hood Meadows and Timberline Lodge to continue southward toward Timothy Lake. On this hike, you can expect a variety of sumptuous vistas, natural river crossings, wildflowers, alpine meadows, and unmanned dense forest.
Mount Hood National Forest
This impressive forest is located twenty miles on the east of Portland in Oregon, extending along the Willamette Valley in the North and the Columbia River in the south. Scattered across 60 miles of streams, lakes, and mountainous forests extending to around 1,067,043 acres, the forest serves multiple purposes. Berry picking and mushroom collecting form the most loved adventures. You can explore camping, fishing, boating, and numerous snow sports in the winters in this forest.