What are your suggestions for a two-day trip in Mt Hood and Columbia River Gorge in October?
I would suggest using Hood River as a base for your two days here. Lots of lodging options, brew pubs, wineries and it’s right on the Columbia River. It’s also a great spot for easy access to the recreation areas of Mount Hood and the Gorge. Mount Hood Adventure is a great company to contact for help with planning horseback riding and other adventure activities.
Downtown Troutdale has a few good restaurants, art galleries, and antique shops. The real attraction in Troutdale is McMenamin’s Edgefield. Several restaurants, glass blowers, bars, and the winery. It’s a destination in itself. It was once a poor farm, and they have restored it to a hotel, along with the other things I previously mentioned. You could easily spend a few hours just wandering from bar to bar and touring the grounds.
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If you are looking for a more outdoorsy experience I would recommend a visit to Timberline Lodge (http://www.timberlinelodge.com/), Checking out Multnomah Falls (traveloregon.com/see-do/attractions/outdoors-nature/multnomah-falls/) and maybe a hike up Eagle Creek (http://www.muddycamper.com/hikes/eagle-creek-to-tunnel-falls-hiking-guide/).
Betsy LaBarge says…
Cari, I would suggest staying in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental on the south side of Mt Hood for your base. Betsy at Mt Hood Vacation Rentals. :)
Mary Rudolph says…
Goverment Camp. Hands down. Great food! There is the Lodge Log and Huckleberrys….. Major yummy pies!!! It’s incredably Beautiful; smells amazing (the Mt. Hood area, I mean…); you can hike all over, lots of trails, but be sure to take the trail down from Timberline! It is the MOST AMAZING place on this planet. Trust me on that. The Salmon River is magnificent, too. And, don’t miss Lake Trillium….. hiking and/or nordic skying…. watch out for those white outs in winter, though ;-) It’s been so long since I’ve been back there. I’ve never stopped missing it, and hope to return….. in one form or another….. someday.
Other questions about Mt Hood & Columbia Gorge
- We’ll be visiting Oregon in August and driving from Portland to Hood River one day, and then to Bend the next day. What would be the best way to experience Mt. Hood? Is there any way to get to the snow in that period of time?
- I’ll be traveling the western side of the state from North to South in a couple of weeks. Any suggestions on spots/things to do?
- Where can I get information about the sightseeing train trips around the Mt. Hood? Also, can one get to the station from a local hotel by public transportation? – Bo B.
About Ask Oregon Expert Cari Gesch
Cari, a resident of the Mount Hood foothills, is a photographer, writer, and wanderer of hiking trails and scenic byways. She captures images and stories of the experiences and destinations that make Oregon such an exciting place to live and play in on her blog, Wahkeena Exposures.