Is Mt. Hood a good place for hiking in January?

Hiking in January… is not impossible. At Mt. Hood, there will be plenty of snow to kick around in. Mt. Hood is always a good place to romp, but there are also places like the Gorge and the Coast that might be worth checking out.

Are you into skiing of any kind? Mt. Hood Meadows offers great resort skiing and SkiBowl offers awesome cross-country skiing, as does Trillium Lake, Frog Lake and Timothy Lake. If you’re seasoned in the backcountry, your options are almost limitless.

If you’re dead-set on hiking Mt. Hood, rent some snowshoes and head toward:

  • Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain via Mirror Lake
  • Bald Mountain via Top Spur Trailhead
  • Trillium Lake
  • Frog Lake
  • Timothy Lake

Options in the Gorge include:

  • Angel’s Rest
  • Devil’s Rest
  • Wahkeenah Falls Loop
  • Multnomah Falls (won’t need snowshoes)
  • Dry Creek Falls
  • Hood River Mountain

Options on the Coast include:

  • Saddle Mountain
  • Neahkahnie Mountain
  • Oswald West State Park
  • Cape Lookout North Trail
  • Ecola State Park

Any of these should pretty much drop your jaw when it comes to the views!