Spring Trip Ideas in Mt. Hood & The Columbia River Gorge
Spring in Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge is the best of both worlds. Here you can enjoy fresh ski tracks in the morning and play watersports in the afternoon. Waterfalls are gushing from winter run-off, wildflowers are in full bloom and the days are noticeably longer — which means your ski runs are too. As spring casts its warm embrace on the region, there are more than enough reasons to explore Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. Just be sure to take advantage of this special season while you can.
Conquer a grand peak and a grand river in the same day. Mt. Hood, prime for spring skiing, neighbors the Columbia River Gorge, known as the windsurfing capital of the world.
The Columbia River Gorge puts on a beautiful spring coat. Blossoms and wildflowers dot the landscape in brilliant colors. See all the springtime glory on hiking trails, bike routes and scenic viewpoints.
The graceful white cone of Mt. Hood beckons. The Mt. Hood National Forest is filled with spectacular alpine hikes, ideal for breathing in that fresh springtime mountain air.
(Photo credit: Tyler Roemer)
Watersports are abundant in Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. All that Pacific Northwest rain creates an exciting natural playground. Tag along as a dynamic duo sails, stand-up paddleboards, fishes and soaks in the beauty of this inspiring region.
Mountain bikers flock to the Sandy Ridge Trail, located on the southwest flank of Mt. Hood. The system features 12 miles of epic rides, including separate black, blue and green sections.
(Photo credit: Heath Korvola)
Known as the “gateway to the Clackamas River,” Estacada is a one-stop shop for wilderness, culture and community. With tree-covered parks, a gushing scenic river and local craft beers, Estacada is a historic city ready to be re-discovered.
Though surrounded by ghost towns, Dufur is a living community home to historic buildings and orchards. The town’s most noticeable landmark is the grand 1907 Historic Balch Hotel, a three-story beauty that’s been completely renovated.