- Karla Gadea
Mt.Hood is Oregon’s highest mountain, it is one of the loftiest mountains in the nation based on its prominence. Its peak is home to 12 named glaciers and snowfields. Mt. Hood is the highest point in Oregon and the fourth highest in the Cascade Range. Mount Hood is considered Oregon’s volcano most likely to erupt, though based on its history, an explosive eruption is unlikely. The mountain has six ski areas: Timberline, Mt Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl, Cooper Spur, Snow Bunny, and Summit. They total over 4,600 acres of skiable terrain; Timberline offers the only year-round lift-served skiing in North America.
Mount Hood is host to 12 named glaciers or snowfields, the most visited of which is Palmer Glacier, partially within the Timberline Lodge ski area and on the most popular climbing route. The glaciers are almost above the 6,000-foot level, which also is about the average tree line elevation on Mount Hood.
Seasons: Seasons are listed beside hikes and other activities.
Paradise Trail(Summer-Falls)(Intermediate): Paradise Park Trail begins with a climb right from the start and is a total of 10.5 miles. The trail is a switchback trail which lies along the ridge located on the west side of Zigzag Canyon. At 4.2 miles visitors will witness a creek that supplies the first source of water along the trail. At mile 5, the trail connects to the Zigzag Mountain Trail. The trail continues to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and leads to Lost Creek, Rushing Water Creek, and Ramona Falls. Following the PCNST south takes hikers to Zigzag Canyon and Timberline Lodge. The scenery on Paradise Park Trail changes from wooded to alpine meadows and in 0.4 miles the trail ends at its junction with the Paradise Park Loop Trail.
Snowshoe Mt. Hood’s White River(Winter)(Beginner): Snowshoeing Mt. Hood gives visitors amazing views of the mountain and a nice hike along the river. This trail is easily accessed directly off of Route 35. The large parking lot fills up quickly on snowy weekends so it is best to arrive early to get a spot and an Oregon Sno-Park Permit! The White River runs along the east side of the parking lot. Head to the North side to access the trails. The parking lot and lower portion of the trails may seem inundated with families because this is a popular sledding area, but you will quickly pass beyond this. While there are usually some established trails you have an opportunity to blaze your own. Along the left you can ascend a steep incline into a wooded area. This provides the best views of Mt. Hood and a chance to head up to the Pacific Crest Trail.
Mirror Lake Hike(Spring-Fall)(Beginner): The hike to Mirror Lake is an easy 3-mile round trip. Mirror Lake is a casual hiking in the Mt. Hood area and is right on Hwy. 26. It’s a fairly easy hike, and hikers get to see a very beautiful reflective lake. The trail is wide enough in most places to walk side-by-side with a friend. When you get to a point just below the lake you can take the loop trail in either direction. Taking the trail to the right connects you to another trail up Tom Dick and Harry Mountain. This is also the direction to go if you want to get to the view of Mt. Hood quickly.
Ramona Falls Hike(Spring-Fall)(Beginner): Visitors hike a lollipop-loop trail on the base of Mt. Hood from Sandy River to the amazing picturesque Ramona Falls. The trail is a 7.3-mile round trip and is the most scenic waterfall in the forest. Ramona Falls drops 120 feet, cascading and splitting into ever smaller fingers of water broken up by the hexagonal columns of basalt at the base of the cliff. The trail is relatively easy for this region, but the 1100 feet of elevation gain could require plenty of rest stops for those not used to hiking in the mountains.
Multnomah Falls(Spring-Fall)(Beginner): The trail begins at Multnomah Falls Lodge, Multnomah Falls Lodge and Footpath were listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first part of the trail is a gently sloped 2/10 mile trail to the Benson Bridge this part of the trail is a paved cakewalk, although one small flight of a few stairs block the way to wheelchairs beyond the lower falls viewpoint. The hike is a 2.6-mile round trip. Beyond the bridge, the asphalt trail switches up steeply for another mile to a ridge crest. Look for Columbia River views as you ascend. From the top, the trail drops slightly to a junction with a trail.
Skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows(Fall-Winter)(All Levels): Mount Hood Meadows is one of the largest ski resorts in the U.S. state of Oregon and the largest ski resort near Mount Hood. It is located about 67 miles east of Portland, and 35 miles from Hood River along Oregon Route 35. It has both Alpine and Nordic ski areas and offers night skiing, lessons and equipment rentals as well as 87 skiing trails for all levels.
Hiking, Wildlife Observation, Skiing, Cross-country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Additional Logding Options
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area (27500 W Leg Rd, Timberline Lodge, OR 97028)
Phone: (503) 272-3311
Collins Lake Resort (88149 E Creek Ridge Rd, Government Camp, OR 97028)
Phone: (503) 928-3498
Skamania Lodge (1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson, WA 98648)
Phone: (509) 427-7700