Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory is just a short drive from Portland, making it one of the essential stops when traveling through the Pacific Northwest. These are some of the best things to see when you are in the area.
1. The Alpine Slide
You will find the only half-mile dual alpine slide in the Pacific Northwest at Mt. Hood. You’ll drop over 350 feet, reaching speeds of up to 20 miles per hour with this fun activity. It is found at the Mt. Hood Skibowl.
2. Clear Lake
This lake drains out once per year for irrigation, so stop by in the spring with a kayak or canoe to have a fun adventure. You can find it just off of Highway 26, and there is a campground with 28 sites to enjoy throughout the summer.
3. Timberline Lodge
When you visit the Mt. Hood National Forest, then this historic landmark built in 1937 is a must-see stop. Not only can you access the Pacific Crest and Timberline trails from here, but you can also enjoy visiting the location that served as the exterior for the hotel in The Shining.
4. Tamanawas Falls
This trail is on the eastern slope of Mount Hood, and it follows Cold Spring Creek to a gorgeous waterfall. It stands about 100 feet high and approximately 40 feet wide. Local cedars and Douglas fir trees shade the entire walk.
5. Columbia River Gorge
You can drive along the Columbia River Gorge to receive some fantastic views as you leave Portland via I-84, but nothing beats taking a river cruise on an old-fashioned paddle-wheeler. There are stops along the Lewis and Clark trail to find as well.
Mt. Hood offers numerous fun activities to discover in all seasons. If you want a fantastic adventure, then make this stop in Oregon the next time you visit the Pacific Northwest.