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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Rhododendron

Located along the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway on a 19th-century pioneer wagon route, Rhododendron nestles into the western flank of the craggy peak.

The terrain that proved so treacherous for wagons today makes for great mountain biking. With easy access to outdoor pursuits year-round, Rhododendron exudes the warmth of a friendly alpine town. Hit the trails, head to the slopes or simply relax.

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Where can I find huckleberries around Mt. Hood?

Huckleberries generally grow in the mountains above about 3000 feet. There are some great spots around Mt Hood, and I have even gone over to the Wallowas to pick. A free permit is required from the Forest Service, even if you are only planning on harvesting a small amount for your personal use. My best…

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