As a local living in the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge region, I am often asked, “Where is the best view of Mt. Hood?” There are so many great places to view Mt. Hood, it’s hard to single out just one. Here are six of my favorite ways to view this grand peak, in no particular order.
1. Trillium Lake
On a clear day with calm winds, Mt. Hood reflects a mirror image in Trillium Lake. In the spring, namesake trilliums and other wildflowers bloom along the easy trail that circles the lake.
2. Buzzard Point
Just off Highway 35 between Barlow Pass Sno-Park and the Pioneer Woman’s Grave on the original Mt. Hood Highway, Buzzard Point served as a stop for early travelers to quench their thirst with a drink from the natural spring. While drinking water from the fountain is now discouraged, it offers a stunning view of Mt. Hood in the distance.
3. Timberline Trail
Often referred to as the “Hood Ornament,” you can’t get more up close and personal with the mountain than at the historic Timberline Lodge. Even in the heat of summer, you’ll find a patch of snow to play in.
4. Marine Drive
You don’t have to venture far from Portland for stunning views of the mountain. One of my favorite, and often most underrated, is from Marine Drive. The best way to enjoy it is from your bike as you travel the 17+ mile path that follows the banks of the river.
5. At a vineyard
Most of the vineyards in the Hood River Valley boast beautiful views of Mt. Hood. Wy’East never looks more beautiful than when reflected in a glass of Oregon wine. One of my favorites is Phelps Creek Vineyards, but there are many gorgeous views to see and good wine to sip along the 40 miles of wine you’ll find in the Columbia Gorge.
6. Jonsrud Viewpoint
Jonsrud Viewpoint offers stunning views, not only of the mountain, but also of the Sandy River valley and the “Devil’s Backbone” — a ridge named by pioneers making their journey to the Willamette Valley on the Barlow Road portion of the Oregon Trail.