Mt. Hood Attractions
The Columbia River Gorge
It’s difficult to find more spectacular scenery than Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge. From driving excursions to hiking, you won’t be disappointed!
The most-visited natural site in Oregon, Multnomah Falls has been popular with travelers since the 1880s when steamboat excursions and the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company brought tourists to the Gorge to enjoy the natural landscape. Today, millions of visitors come to stand in awe at the sight and sound of pure water cascading over the basalt ledge some 620 feet above.
The Vista House at Crown Point State Park is an Oregon treasure and one of the most photographed sites in the Columbia River Gorge. Standing 733 feet above the river as a memorial to Oregon pioneers, the Vista House – which opened its doors in 1918 – offers an inspiring view of the Gorge and the peaks of the Cascade Range.
Mount Hood National Forest
Mount Hood National Forest is one of the most-visited National Forests in the U.S. with over four million annual visitors and boasts 170 developed recreation sites.
It extends south from the Columbia River Gorge across more than 60 miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to the Olallie Scenic Area and encompasses over one million acres.
Forest visitors may enjoy fishing, camping, boating and hiking in the summer; hunting in the fall; and skiing and other snow sports in the winter. Berry-picking and mushroom collection are also popular.
Popular destinations in the Forest include:
- Lost Lake
- Burnt Lake
- Trillium Lake
- Timothy Lake
- Rock Creek Reservoir
- the Old Oregon Trail, including Barlow Road
There are 189,200 acres of designated wilderness in the Forest. The largest is the Mount Hood Wilderness, which includes the mountain’s peak and upper slopes. Others are Badger Creek, Salmon-Huckleberry, Hatfield, and Bull of the Woods. Olallie Scenic Area is a lightly-roaded lake basin that provides a primitive recreational experience.