Mount Hood – The Unofficial Travel Guide 2022
Last updated on January 7, 2022 at 3:58 p.m.
Fit the hood is an icon of Oregon. It’s one of Oregon’s top destinations for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, and one of Oregon’s best places for mountain biking and hiking during the warmer months. People enjoy visiting the many lakes on Mount Hood, staying in beautiful cabins, camping, and taking in stunning views of Oregon’s natural landscape. This is your year round guide to exploring Hood and all it has to offer.
Mount Hood is Oregon’s highest point at 3,425 meters (11,230 feet) and the fourth highest peak in the Cascade Range.
Best things to do around Mount Hood in Oregon
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Little Crater Lake – The gorgeous little sister of Crater Lake near Mount Hood
Small crater lake is a serene spot in the Mount Hood National Forest, known to locals as the little sister of Crater Lake. While you don’t want to swim in those cold waters, this is the perfect location for photographers and anyone looking for a quiet spot to camp near Hood.
Gorgeous fall train rides on the hood
This fall train ride is the perfect way to see the area around Mount Hood and take photos of the beautiful fall foliage. These train tours usually last around an hour and a half and offer passengers some pretty views. Tickets usually cost around $ 40.
Mount Hood Ski Bowl Adventure Park and Downhill Slide
In summer Mount Hood Skibowl turns into an awesome adventure park with over 20 attractions. From an ATV park to Indy cars, pony rides, a bungee trampoline, freefall bungee jumping, ziplines and a ropes course, this is the perfect place to spend a day full of adventures with your family.
One of the main attractions is the alpine slide. Runners take the ski lift to the top of the alpine slide, then slide on carts whose speed you control with a handbrake. Kids and adults alike love this slide, although adults will find that they have to lift the brake all the way to be able to maintain speed and hit the bottom.
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See the full summer list activities at Skibowl Adventure Park here.
Hiking Mount Hood
There are hundreds of options for hiking on and around Mount Hood, but one of the trails with the most breathtaking views is the McNeil Point Trail.
It’s a tough hike, but well worth the hike in the mountains for the jaw-dropping views.
The McNeil Point Trail is a 9.6 mile out and back trail ideal for hiking April through November, although it is open for snowshoeing in the winter if you can get to it when the roads are covered in heavy snow. Be sure to check out the map at the bottom of the page and zoom in to see all of the trails crisscrossing Mount Hood and the Mount Hood National Forest. You can also see a list of day hiking trails here, and hiking trails here.
Mount Hood has some great places for mountain biking. One of our favorites is at Skibowl, where you and your bike can take a ski lift up the mountain and then cycle down numerous trails. There are trails for beginners, intermediate levels, and experts, including some man-made obstacles to enjoy.
You can also do Mountain biking with ski lift assistance at Timberline, which also offers cycling courses and courses. For those who wish to explore the trails of the Timberline Bike Park and the Skibowl, there is a Mt. Hood Bike Park Fusion Pass which will allow you to cycle unlimited at both.
Other good mountain biking options in the area are the Sandy Ridge Trail System, which is located on a ridge above the Sandy River just west of Hood. These trails take you through magnificent forests of Douglas-fir, western red cedar and western hemlock.
Another awesome trail for bikers is the Pioneer Bridle Trail # 795, which is a 13 mile trail that takes you from Government Camp almost to the Rhododendron and follows Barlow Road (an old part of the Oregon Trail).
Winter Adventure at Mount Hood
Mount Hood has so many great things to do in the winter, from snowshoeing to descending a hill in cool powder at night in a sled with friends and family. Below are our top four things to do on Mount Hood on your winter visit.
Go to the cosmic tube in Skibowl
Kids and adults will love it Cosmic tube at Mount Hood Skibowl. Skibowl is known as America’s largest night skiing area, and there is something for the whole family to do here. While older siblings snowboard the slopes at night, younger siblings and parents can spend the evening tubing on a huge, icy dance floor.
Take a classic sleigh ride
A lot of people never go on a sleigh ride, but you can. These sleighs are pulled by beautiful horses and usually start around mid-December. Get more information here.
Mounting hood for ski and snowboard
I learned to snowboard at Mount Hood Meadows in college. I remember taking lessons and then spending the day on the slopes with friends. Mount Hood Meadows will always be one of my favorite places to snowboard, and it’s a great place to spend the weekend with family and friends. Get more information here.
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Mount Hood Oregon
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are a great way to train while taking in the area’s natural beauty, away from the crowds. There is nothing like being in the middle of the forest when it is covered with snow and all is quiet around you.
When I was a kid we used to cross country ski around a lake in the Mount Hood National Forest, and I was completely in awe of the beauty of the area. If you’ve never done cross-country skiing before, be sure to go with a guide or someone who knows how to do it. Check out this list of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails on Mount Hood. If you want to cross-country ski on groomed trails, check out the Nordic teacup park!
You can also consult this moonlit snowshoe hike on Mount Hood for an extra special outing!
Stunning cabins on Mount Hood
Whether you just need a weekend away from the city or are looking for a base for your Mount Hood adventures, we’ve got you covered with a list of awesome cabins you can stay in!
Stay in a cabin with a magnificent view of Hood
The little Sandy Oregon cabin above has stunning views of Hood. Wake up each morning and have a coffee by the fireplace while admiring the magnificent sunrise.
Weather in Mount Hood
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Mount Hood Map of Things to Do
Six lakes in Mount Hood to enjoy
Which of these things are you planning for your next Mount Hood adventure? See our article here for more on our favorite Oregon adventures and activities.