Situated to the south of Hood River are Mt. Hood and the Mt. Hood National Forest, where you and your guests can experience stunning natural sights and an abundance of outdoor recreation in a gorgeous alpine forest locale. Find out more information about Mt. Hood National Forest below!
A Serene Natural Setting near Hood River at Mt. Hood National Forest
Mt. Hood National Forest is located about an hour’s drive south of Hood River, making it an easy daytrip destination to visit during your vacation.
Upwards of four million visitors make the trip to Mt. Hood National Forest each year, making this national forest one of the most popular in the nation for sightseeing. Within its expansive 60-mile, over 1,650 square-mile, and nearly 1.1 million-acre boundaries that extend from the Columbia River Gorge southwards across eight different wilderness areas, you and your guests can enjoy a range of outside activities.
Traverse the forest’s extensive trail network by hiking (the trails include a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail), berry and mushroom picking, horseback riding, or mountain biking. We recommend popular hiking trails such as the Old Oregon Trail (and Barlow Road within it), Twin Lakes, Lookout Mountain, Vista Ridge, and Tamanawas Falls.
Enjoy water sports like boating, rafting, and fishing along the rivers, lakes, and streams within the forest. Famous lakes within Mt. Hood National Forest include Timothy Lake, Burnt Lake, Lost Lake, Trillium Lake, and Rock Creek Reservoir. Sites like Punch Bowl Falls and Multnomah Falls (the tallest waterfalls in Oregon and among the tallest year-round waterfalls in the country) are iconic hiking destinations as well.
Skiing, snowboarding, and mountain climbing are also popular on its namesake stratovolcano mountain, Mt. Hood. Mt. Hood was named in 1792 for Lord Samuel Hood, an admiral of the British Royal Navy. Mt. Hood’s elevation of over 11,000 feet and its year-round glaciers and snowfields mean that you can find snow in every season. The mountain is also the highest point in the state.
No matter how you spend your time within Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon, it’s sure to be memorable.
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