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Mount Hood

  • Mt.Hood

Overview

  • 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.

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ACTIVITY:

Hiking, Wildlife Observation, Skiing, Cross-country Skiing, Snowshoeing

Difficulty:

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

SEASON:

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

How to Get There

The closest airport to Mt. Hood is Portland International Airport, which is about 1 hour and a half drive. From the Portland Airport, get on I-205 S from NE Airport Way, take I-84 E/US-30 E to NE 238th Dr in Wood Village. Take exit 16 from I-84 E/US-30 E, take NE 242nd Dr to US-26 E in Gresham, follow US-26 E to OR-35 N in Clackamas County. Take the State Route 35 N exit from US-26 E, and continue on OR-35 N. Drive to Mt Hood Meadows Dr in Hood River County.
How long should I stay? Mt. Hood can be explored in 3-4 days.

Vacation Rentals (powered by HomeAway.com)

Quiet High-End 4BR 2,500sq Ft New Construction Modern Log Cabin Next To Ski Bowl

2,500sq ft new construction log cabin with 4bd and 3.5bath with Mount Hood views from Master in quiet high end neighborhood (both upstairs bedrooms have in suite full bathrooms). Quiet (protected by good neighbor policies) Luxury development neigh...

Price (avg)
$306/night
Bedroom
4
Bathroom
3
Sleeps
10

Modern ski condo near Skibowl w/ balcony & shared pool/hot tub access!

Plan your mountain getaway at this convenient condo in the Collins Lake Resort community. You'll be perfectly located near amazing skiing and recreation on Mt. Hood and at Skibowl nearby, plus the condo has a private balcony and access to the shar...

Price (avg)
$104/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
8

Upscale 4 Bedroom Chalet in Government Camp with hot tub- walk to everything!

Rating: 5/5 (5reviews)

The best location in Government Camp- once you arrive, there is no need to drive! You can walk or take a short shuttle to Ski Bowl, or take the bus up to Timberline. There are 3 king bedrooms (2 upstairs, one downstairs) and a twin bunk room wit...

Price (avg)
$600/night
Bedroom
4
Bathroom
3
Sleeps
13

NEW! 4BR Government Camp Cabin-Mins to Ski Slopes

Rating: 5/5 (2reviews)

Escape to Oregon and encounter the best outdoor adventures when you stay at this 4-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom vacation rental home in Government Camp. This 1,500 square foot home has more than enough room to comfortably accommodate 6 guests, making it ...

Price (avg)
$177/night
Bedroom
4
Bathroom
1
Sleeps
6

Ideal location in Collins Lake, close to pool with views of Forest & the Slopes

Rating: 5/5 (23reviews)

This home is one of the premier units in the resort. Completely Rebuilt in 2008 it offers additional sound insulation, topnotch finishes and free Wifi. It is close to the year-round outdoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, and soaking tub, but s...

Price (avg)
$160/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
9

Updated Mountain Retreat!! Come Ski and Stay! All Weekends Booked till March 3rd

Rating: 5/5 (10reviews)

Location, location, location!! You will love our beautifully updated condo at Collins Lake Resort. Our light and bright end unit is right across the street from the heated outdoor pool and hot tub. You can watch the kids play in the pool from t...

Price (avg)
$194/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
9

Perfect location with no road noise and backs up to forest!

Rating: 4/5 (41reviews)

(OUR CALENDAR IS CURRENT!) No matter what you want to do our Chalet is close to everything in Government Camp. Shuttles take you everywhere and you can walk to restaurants and bars. Spend a day outside skiing, hiking, biking, etc and come bac...

Price (avg)
$107/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
8

Collins Lake Chalet, Fabulous Location with Forest View, Free Wi-Fi

Rating: 5/5 (6reviews)

Collins Lake Condos offer the very essence of Cascade Mountain charm, together with the most sophisticated and elegant amenities. Our chalet has a master bedroom (queen bed and private bath), guest bedroom (queen bed) and a bunk room (two single b...

Price (avg)
$194/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
6

MODERN LIVING IN COLLINS LAKE. SUNNY END UNIT. CLOSE TO POOL/SPA.

Rating: 5/5 (18reviews)

Condo, 3 bedroom, 2.5 baths Enjoy this sunny end unit in the beautiful Collins Lake development in the heart of Government Camp on Mt. Hood. It's furnished with new and mid-century modern furniture for you to enjoy when you come home to relax af...

Price (avg)
$183/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
1
Sleeps
7

New! 6BR Mt. Hood Ski Lodge w/ Huge Hot Tub!

Rating: 5/5 (7reviews)

Great Blue Lodge features 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, a 7-person hot tub and an infrared sauna for an unforgettable trip to Mt. Hood! With 5,700 square feet of living space, there's plenty of room for up to 22 guests to enjoy an amazing vacation! Ideal ...

Price (avg)
$549/night
Bedroom
6
Bathroom
6
Sleeps
22

Cozy Creekside Condo in Government Camp Village. No cleaning fees.

Rating: 5/5 (36reviews)

Enjoy your stay at this comfortable creekside condo on Mount Hood. The condo is located at Collins Lake, and is just a short walk to the Village of Government Camp and year-round outdoor activities. The condo has two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a fu...

Price (avg)
$186/night
Bedroom
2
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
6

Inviting custom cabin on Mt. Hood w/ a fireplace, a grill, & a hot tub!

Rating: 4/5 (12reviews)

When you stay at this great log home in Government Camp, you'll have plenty of space for up to eight, a deck with a charcoal grill, private hot tub, and an amazing alpine location close to winter skiing and summer fun. Secluded in the woods, thi...

Price (avg)
$193/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
8

Upscale mountain lodge condo with shared pool, hot tub, & sauna!

Rating: 5/5 (26reviews)

Let this excellent chalet near Mount Hood be your family’s new favorite ski retreat! Sleeping up to six guests in three gorgeous bedrooms, this cute townhouse is perfect for you and any lucky tagalongs. You'll even have your very own private deck!...

Price (avg)
$109/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
6

Collins Lake Resort- No Cleaning Fee , Spring Skiing Deals, Low Spring Rates!

Rating: 5/5 (5reviews)

Take a tour of NW Mountain history with this beautifully upgraded chalet. Warm, inviting and all the comforts of home are offered to our guests. With two private bedrooms and an open den, this unit can sleep the entire family comfortably. Ameniti...

Price (avg)
$166/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
8

Best Views of Mt Hood Ski Bowl - from our couch inside our studio.

Rating: 5/5 (35reviews)

87577 East Government Camp Loop Road, Government Camp, Oregon (historic "Thunderhead Lodge" building). Mount Hood getaway close to everything in Government Camp, Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl. Easy drive to Hood River, Wineries, Ho...

Price (avg)
$110/night
Bedroom
0
Bathroom
1
Sleeps

Collins Lake Resort Mt. View -*No Cleaning Fee, Spring & Summer Savings!

Rating: 5/5 (1reviews)

Stay in this comfortable chalet owned by Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis. With two full bedrooms and an open den, this unit can welcome six guests. Get back to nature in her spacious, earth-toned chalet. This home also offers free internet! Step out o...

Price (avg)
$161/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
6

Luxurious Chalet-Walking Distance To Restaurants&Skiing!

Rating: 5/5 (25reviews)

Our Chalet is in the heart of Government Camp. This house is a beautiful 3 story mountain retreat with lots of windows and a view of MT Hood. You can easily walk into Government Camp, or to the lodge at East Ski Bowl. There are plenty of entert...

Price (avg)
$449/night
Bedroom
5
Bathroom
3
Sleeps
14

Gourmet kitchen, community pool and hot tub await from this dog-friendly home!

Rating: 4/5 (37reviews)

When visiting picturesque Government Camp, always follow posted signs. This one, in particular, should pose no problem. You'll find it in the living area of this charming two bedroom vacation rental chalet with room for six, just footsteps from s...

Price (avg)
$142/night
Bedroom
2
Bathroom
2
Sleeps
6

Kid & Family Paradise in Collins Lake..just steps to pools and hot tub!

Rating: 5/5 (17reviews)

The best base camp in the heart of the of Mount Hood. Our home is the most family-friendly option in Government Camp and probably the cleanest too. Enjoy our home just steps from the clubhouse, pool and spa/hot tubs. Read the reviews and you'...

Price (avg)
$148/night
Bedroom
3
Bathroom
1
Sleeps
8

Dog-friendly cabin with room for eight, close ski access!

Rating: 4/5 (44reviews)

This adorable Government Camp rental cabin is super close to the ski lifts and has room for eight people! You can even bring your pets here to enjoy your vacation together. The location has easy access to Timberline Ski Lodge, Mt. Hood Meadows, ...

Price (avg)
$109/night
Bedroom
2
Bathroom
1
Sleeps
8

Additional Logding Options

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area (27500 W Leg Rd, Timberline Lodge, OR 97028)
Website: http://timberlinelodge.com
Phone: (503) 272-3311

Collins Lake Resort (88149 E Creek Ridge Rd, Government Camp, OR 97028)
Website: http://collinslakeresort.com
Phone: (503) 928-3498

Skamania Lodge (1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson, WA 98648)
Website: https://www.destinationhotels.com/skamania
Phone: (509) 427-7700

Dining

Celilo Restaurant & Bar (16 Oak St, Hood River, OR 97031)
Webstie: http://celilorestaurant.com
Phone: (541) 386-5710

Multnomah Falls Lodge Restaurant (53000 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019)
Website: http://multnomahfallslodge.com
Phone: (503) 695-2376

Riverside (1108 E Marina Dr, Hood River, OR 97031)
Website: http://riversidehoodriver.com
Phone: (541) 386-4410

Tours

Horseback Rides and Tours- Waterfalls Ride (3995 Portland Drive, Hood River, OR 97031)
Website: http://ridinginhoodriver.com/trail.html
Phone: (541)513-1152

Kayaking in Mt.Hood (88661 Government Camp Loop Rd. Government Camp OR 97028)
Website: http://www.mthoodadventure.com/summer/kayak-rentals
Phone: (503)715-2175

Snowshoeing Tour (88661 Government Camp Loop Rd. Government Camp OR 97028)
Website: http://www.mthoodadventure.com/winter/snow-shoeing
Phone: (503)715-2175

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