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Is there an alpine slide somewhere around Mt. Hood?

Yes, there is an alpine slide on Mt Hood, located at Ski Bowl East. In addition to the slide, they have 20+ activities available, including a zip line, bungee jumping, human hamster balls and more. My kids and I were just up there a couple of weeks…

August 18th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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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?

The best way to experience Mount Hood, especially if you want to get up close to some snow, is to visit Timberline Lodge. You won’t get any closer to the mountain. They do a great lunch buffet, for a very reasonable price using many local…

July 26th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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A friend and I are planning a trip to Oregon, by Amtrak from Minnasota. We are both disabled but need no extra equipment for walking. Rugged trails, bicycling, rafting are not options. Yet we want to see the ocean, mountains, great nature… all Oregon has to offer. Any suggestions?

Good news!!! Most of the waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge are very accessible. Many are visible from the highway, or a short walk on a paved trail. A few that immediately come to mind besides the most famous, Multnomah Falls, are Latourell,…

May 7th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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What is one of the most scenic places to visit? – G.S.

The Columbia River Gorge offers towering basalt cliffs, temperate rain forest, cascading waterfalls, and an abundance of hiking trails. Mount Hood is a beautiful snow capped peak surrounded by National Forest, more hiking trails, and alpine lakes.…

April 26th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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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.

The Mount Hood Railroad website should give you all the information you need. Depending on where you are staying in Hood River, you can either walk, take a bus, or grab a taxi to the depot. Determine your route on the bus system in Hood River with…

April 26th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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Hi we are planning a trip to Mount St Helens in July. We are coming in from Calgary with two tough girls aged 9 and 11. We will be very close to Oregon, and was wondering what fun things are there to do in Oregon? We had fun last year on the Hiawatha Trail in Idaho. I heard there were volcanoes near the coast? What fun ideas are there for a family visiting Oregon? – Jason W.

I think your girls would really enjoy spending some time hiking a few of the waterfalls along the Historic Highway in the Columbia River Gorge. I spend a lot of time there with my girls (5 and 11). We also enjoy visiting Bonneville Dam and feeding…

April 20th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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We are traveling to Portland and would love to take right off and go on a nature excurion. We are considering Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helen’s. Can you tell us which you would recommend and why? In both cases, can you recommend a wonderful place to stop for exquisite dining and wining? something we would never find on the East Coast? – Jan M.

Mount Saint Helens is going to be pretty much out of the question. Due to the time you have available, the drive is too lengthy for you to enjoy yourself. Most of the visitor center’s don’t open until May 18th either and the dining…

April 19th, 2012- Post Your Answer
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Biking from Dalles to Portland. Where is a good in between B&B or inn?

Here is a great website with some other lodging options in the Hood River…

February 3rd, 2012- Post Your Answer
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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?

I see on your site that you have already visited the historic highway through the Gorge, but it would merit a visit again, and the fall colors should be reaching peak color around the time or your visit. You may also be interested in the Hood River…

February 3rd, 2012- Post Your Answer
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I was recently planning a trip near Detroit, OR and was wondering if anyone could give me any info on different ski resorts nearby?

I must admit that I am very clumsy so skiing isn’t right up there on my list of things to do but I have to say…I love the snow and tubing. So, if you check out Hoodoo, they actually have anticipated the snow season beginning on Nov. 25th…

February 3rd, 2012- Post Your Answer
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About Author 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.

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