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5 Activities to Stay Fit in Hood River

The outdoor playground of Hood River has plenty to offer everyone, from adventure-seekers and thrill enthusiasts to those who just want to kick their feet up in relax in a secluded mountain cabin. If you are looking for the best activities to keep fit and stay healthy (especially if you plan on enjoying the numerous fine dining establishments and craft breweries that call the region home), here are five of the best fitness activities in Hood River.

Kayaking and Paddleboarding

Located at the intersection of the Hood and Columbia Rivers, there is no better way to get a workout than a day on the water. Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard from any of the local retailers (Gorge Paddle Center and Wet Planet, just to name two) and then tackle the wild waters of whitewater kayaking, or enjoy a leisurely float and paddle on the serene sections of the Columbia. For a special treat, check out one of the sunset tours!

Mountain Biking

Nestled in the picturesque Cascade Mountains and just 20 miles north of Mt. Hood, Hood River is a world-renowned destination for mountain bikers. Local shops provide half-day, full-day, and even week long rentals as well as shuttle vans and guided tours, but the real highlight is exploring the winding trails through the temperate rainforest and the incredible scenery of the Hood River Valley. For customized adventures to meet any skill level, check out Hood River Mountain Bike Adventures and get ready to pump those pedals!


Surrounded by lush forest, lofty mountains, stoic glaciers, and jagged river valleys, the area around Hood River is picture perfect for hiking expeditions. From short walks to summiting majestic peaks, there is a trail for all skill levels. Some of our favorite workouts in the wild (with a view) are the Cooper Spur Hike, the Mirror Lake Trail in the Mt. Hood National Forest, and the trek to Horsetail Falls in the stunning Columbia River Gorge. There is no shortage of excellent walking trails and hiking tracks in these pristine lands, and no better way to get some exercise in while enjoying the incredible natural beauty the region has to offer.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Home to the only ski area in North America open year-round (Timberline, at 11,000+ feet), the Hood River has plenty of thrilling trails and downhill runs for skiers and snowboarders alike. Powder enthusiasts can choose 6 different ski areas, from the scintillating runs at Mt. Hood Meadows to the towering heights high atop a volcano at Timberline Lodge.


For a whole new take on cross-country sightseeing in the beautiful, snowy woods of Deschutes National Forest, why not try snowshoeing? This cardio workout is certain to dazzle you with incredible scenery as you trek from warming hut to warming hut and explore the peaks of the Hood River area. One of the best routes is Tumalo Mountain which offers incredible views of the Three Sisters, Broken Top, and Mt. Bachelor in the distance.

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