As a local living in the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge region, I am often asked, “Where is the best view of Mt. Hood?” There are so many great places to view Mt. Hood, it’s hard to single out just one. Here are six of my favorite ways to view this grand peak, in no particular order.

Trillium Lake in summer


1. Trillium Lake

On a clear day with calm winds, Mt. Hood reflects a mirror image in Trillium Lake. In the spring, namesake trilliums and other wildflowers bloom along the easy trail that circles the lake.

Buzzard Point Mt. Hood


2. Buzzard Point

Just off Highway 35 between Barlow Pass Sno-Park and the Pioneer Woman’s Grave on the original Mt. Hood Highway, Buzzard Point served as a stop for early travelers to quench their thirst with a drink from the natural spring. While drinking water from the fountain is now discouraged, it offers a stunning view of Mt. Hood in the distance.

Timberline Trail Mt. Hood


3. Timberline Trail

Often referred to as the “Hood Ornament,” you can’t get more up close and personal with the mountain than at the historic Timberline Lodge. Even in the heat of summer, you’ll find a patch of snow to play in.

Marine Drive Mt. Hood


4. Marine Drive

You don’t have to venture far from Portland for stunning views of the mountain. One of my favorite, and often most underrated, is from Marine Drive. The best way to enjoy it is from your bike as you travel the 17+ mile path that follows the banks of the river.

Mt. Hood wine glass


5. At a vineyard

Most of the vineyards in the Hood River Valley boast beautiful views of Mt. Hood. Wy’East never looks more beautiful than when reflected in a glass of Oregon wine. One of my favorites is Phelps Creek Vineyards, but there are many gorgeous views to see and good wine to sip along the 40 miles of wine you’ll find in the Columbia Gorge.

Jonsrud Viewpoint Mt. Hood


6. Jonsrud Viewpoint

Jonsrud Viewpoint offers stunning views of not only the mountain, but also of the Sandy River valley and the “Devil’s Backbone” – a ridge named by pioneers making their journey to the Willamette Valley on the Barlow Road portion of the Oregon Trail.

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About the 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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  1. Kate Hamer says…

    Mt Hood was visible from my bedroom window growing up in Lake Oswego. My favorite mountain!!

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  2. Bev says…

    This was the view I grew up with from Gresham, Oregon. Love that mountain so much.

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  3. Jan Carlson says…

    My favorite view of Mt. Hood was from Forest Park in Portland, near the rose gardens.

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  4. carrie truchon says…

    Love this place, and state, Oregon, I’ve been in Portland, numerous times. My parents, and brother, sister live there. We always go to Mt Hood
    the hood has beautiful pictures. A must to see.
    Put this on your bucket list!

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  5. Laurie says…

    I will check out some of your viewpoints, I like to hike and take photographs.

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  6. Bob Pratt says…

    I can’t believe there is no mention of the view from Lost Lake.

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  7. Teresa Pearce-Reyes says…

    Absolutely gorgeous Im ready for a vacation

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  8. Sueso says…

    One of my most favorite views is from the Balch Hotel in Dufer, OR. It is truly the most beautiful from the other side of the mountain!

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  9. Tyler says…

    Thanks for this! We tried Jonsrud, Trillium Lake and Phelps today. Too cloudy, but we enjoyed some good wine anyway!

    Written on May 27th, 2016 / Flag this Comment
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