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
: Robbie McClaran


Welches makes its home along the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway.

Tucked into the forest under the gaze of Oregon’s tallest peak, this little resort town is the place for an après-ski meal, a round of golf, live local music or a romantic mountain getaway. Sled the sno-parks in winter, enjoy kid-friendly hikes in summer and golf to your heart’s content.

Trip Ideas

  • Mt. Hood Scenic Byway
    The glacier-caked summit of Oregon’s highest peak creates a dramatic centerpiece for this 100-mile/161-kilometer route that skirts the mountain through fruit valleys and thick fir forest. More
  • Shred Mt. Hood and Windsurf The Gorge
    In Oregon, you can conquer a grand peak and a grand river in the same day. Shred the slopes of Mt. Hood, where you can escape to snow even in the middle of summer. And... More
  • Salmon Watch
    Many Oregon streams – like Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge – show that summer has past and now, it is fall! The small creek near Bonneville dam is often choked with chinook and coho... More

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