Trek through the forest, climb a mountain, stroll along the river, bike out of this world trails – all in one trip! If you love hiking and mountain biking, you’ll be in for the time of your life in gorgeous Hood River. Here you can hike on trails leading to the largest concentration of waterfalls in North America, take scenic bike rides with a view of Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens, or do an intense mountain biking trek through Post Canyon. This area has so much to offer you’ll find perfect hiking and biking in Hood River all year long. Are you looking for a quick walk with your family? Maybe a longer cardio-intensive hike or bike trip off the beaten path? Are you a trail expert looking for challenges in an environment known for its deep forests, volcanic plains and mountain overlooks? Start planning your Hood River vacation today!
Hiking in Hood River
- Lost Lake – Nice easy stroll around the entire lake – stunning views along the way;
- Enjoy the wildflowers at the Nature Preserve;
- Walk the ice caves on Mt Adams;
- Tour the turbines at Bonneville and The Dalles Dams;
- Dog MountainTrailhead – steep, steep, and more steep – amazing views once you make it!;
- Oak Ridge Trail;
- Tawanamas Falls Trail – a favorite! Best in the late spring early summer;
- Dog River Trail – just off of HWY 35 beautiful so pretty in the summer;
- Laurence Lake – sparkly lake to admire while your hikin’;
- Multnomah Falls – on your way from PDX stop for your first hike;
- Twin Tunnels – epic views of The Columbia – easy paved path.
Biking in Hood River
- Explore the Mt. Hood National Forest on your mountain bike;
- Hood River Bicycles (HRB) – The rental spot in Hood River ;
- Dirty Fingers Bikes – they ride bikes, fix bikes, and drink beer! Gotta love ’em;
- Syncline – need to work off that pizza from Double Mtn? Here’s your gym;
- Post Canyon – Enjoy one of the original gravity networks in the U.S.
- Mount N Barrel – bike and wine in Hood River. This is an all inclusive ride through the Hood River Valley that inlcuded vineyard tours, wine-tasting and food pairings. With 17 new bikes the MountNbarrel fleet can handle any size group!
In Hood River, both beginners and experts have options for hiking adventures that let you take in the spectacular scenery. You might do a slow two-mile round-trip hike to check out Wahclella Falls one day, then hike a more intense 9-mile trek to Dry Creek Falls the next day. You can stay close to town and take in valley views at Hood River Mountain, workout with locals on The Indian Creek Trail, or watch kiteboarders as you wander the Hood River Waterfront Trail. If you’re more interested in venturing farther out of town you can explore sumptuous fall leaves in Elk Cove, dip into the swimming hole at Punchbowl Falls, or check out mountain scenery on the popular Surveyor’s Ridge Trail.
Take a Freeride
The Columbia River Gorge’s mountain biking areas offer every possible option you’re looking for with cross-country, freeride, and singletrack trails for every skill level, and terrains that looks out on some of the most spectacular geography in the Northwest. Many trails have a view of the Columbia River, surrounding farmland, green forests, and the Cascade Range. You’ll also find paths that include man-made features, log rides, drops and gaps. These are dense trails that will test the skills of even the most experienced mountain biker, keeping avid riders coming back for more. If you’re looking for a mellow ride, there are also gorgeous trails for beginners who are looking for a great time and incredible views. When you’re not exploring the great outdoors, recharge your batteries in one of our beautiful and comfortable vacation rental homes.