Cross-country Ski Mt. Hood

I love downhill skiing as much as the next powder hound. The thrill of the steeps, bumps and tree skiing are a welcome annual adrenaline rush. But I look forward to cross-country skiing just as much. It’s a slower, social pastime and a great workout. In the Mt. Hood area, there are cross-country ski trails… More
: Andréa Johnson


Zigzag sits smack-dab in the middle of the Mt. Hood National Forest, making it an ideal gateway to a massive outdoor playground.

Located along the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway next to the Sandy River, Zigzag has plenty of campsites and trailheads. Stop at the ranger station for tips on the best hiking, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, berry picking, mushroom hunting and camping. You might find the stunning 120-foot Ramona Falls along the way.

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What are the ultimate Oregon half-day, full-day and overnight backcountry hikes?

I definitely have some suggestions. Here are some of my favorite half-day, full-day and overnight backpacking hikes: Half-Day Hikes Tumalo Mountain (Bend, Central Oregon): Tumalo is about 4-miles round-trip. The trail up Tumalo starts from Dutchman Flat parking area on Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway and offers a steady climb rewarded with alpine wildflowers and beautiful views of Broken…

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