Road Trip: Villages of Mt. Hood

US-26 parts a verdant forest of fir and hemlock en route from Portland to Mt. Hood, climbing steadily through the Mt. Hood National Forest along the mountain’s southern flank. For outdoor pursuits, it’s almost an embarrassment of riches: splashing salmon streams; hidden lakes; bountiful campsites; miles of hiking, biking, ski and snowmobile trails; and the… More
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While driving the most significant elevation climb on Mt. Hood, you pass through Brightwood, Welches, Zigzag and Rhododendron — the villages of Mt. Hood.

 Located in close proximity to high-mountain lakes, rivers chilled from the mountain’s melting glaciers and the Mt. Hood National Forest, this is the outdoor enthusiast’s playground. Explore the landscape by bike, ski or foot; ride the waters in a kayak or raft; or test your skills at fly fishing.

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Can you ski at Mt. Hood in the summer?

The summer skiing on Mount Hood rocks! We were just up skiing on Hood yesterday and it was an amazing day. When are you coming, do you need to rent gear, and what would say your ability level is currently? Can’t wait to have you out here in Oregon! Have a fantastic day and can’t…

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