Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge
This region is home to a breathtaking river gorge, expansive views, scenic waterfalls, and the state's highest mountain. Below are some highlights including some of our favorite places, tips on camping, suggested routes, and recommendations for food and beverages along the way.
Mt. Hood is not only a majestic site itself with 11 glaciers and standing at over 11,000 feet; it is also home to beautiful alpine lakes, abundant wildflowers, and plenty of opportunities for skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and more.
ACTIVITIES: hiking, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, photography, wildflower viewing.
An hour east of Portland, Hood River is well known for its scenery and recreation opportunities. With plenty of public access to mountains, woods and water, this city draws all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers, kayakers, cyclists, and paddle boarders. Particularly, windsurfers and kiteboarders come from all over the world to rip across the Columbia. There's tons of great breweries in the area too!
ACTIVITIES: mountain biking, wind surfing, kiteboarding, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, kayaking, wine, beer and cider tasting.
There are a number of beautiful waterfalls in the Gorge. One of our favorite waterfall trails is Horsetail Falls Loop.This trail begins at Horsetail Falls and goes behind the waters of Ponytail Falls. You can connect to one of our personal favorites, Oneonta Falls, which in warm summer days many people choose to hike up the river. And finally, the most famous waterfall of them all, Multnomah Falls.
ACTIVITIES: hiking, mountain biking, photography, swimming
food & brew
Pfriem - Hood river, OR
Modern taproom right on the Columbia River waterfront featuring craft beers & light bites. Great place to grab a beer and bite after hitting the trails.
Double Mountain Brewery - Hood river, OR
Spacious brewpub serving up innovative beers, and delicious food including brick-oven pizzas. Try the Truffle Shuffle, a white pie with mozzarella, crumbled goat cheese, Portabella mushrooms marinated in truffle oil. Yum!
Everybody's Brewing - white salmon, WA
Hop over to the other side of the Columbia river via the Hood River bridge and check out White Salmon's quaint downtown. Everybody's Brewing is right at the center, and they serve up some delicious session style brews and affordable, large portions of food.
Camping & Routes
Trillium Lake Campground - Government Camp, OR
North Arm Campground - Government Camp, OR
Eagle Creek Campground - Cascade Locks, OR
Lost Lake Resort and Campground - Hood River, OR
Tollgate Campground - Rhododendron, OR
Dispersed / ALTERNATIVE Camping
Check out Harvest Hosts for a fun camping and wine tasting combo!
Hip camp offers some unique camping opportunities at private campgrounds
Before you head out, check with USFS for the most up-to-date information on closures.
ACTIVITIES & NATURAL Wonders
The Hood River County Fruit loop is located in the beautiful Hood River Valley at the foot of majestic Mt. Hood. The twenty-eight member stands offer you a variety of wines, fruits, vegetables, flowers, ciders, and food.
Multnomah Falls is iconic to the Portland area, and the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest. Fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, the flow over the falls varies, but is usually highest during winter and spring.
The 20 acre Opal Creek Wilderness features steep and rugged forested hillsides. There are eight trails totaling 36 miles. There are amazing remnants of the early day prospecting and fire access routes. Most are single destination, in-out trails with little opportunity for loop travel. Many end at old lookout sites which provide some views. Other trails traverse both the Opal Creek Wilderness and Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area.