Spring Trip Ideas in Mt. Hood & The Columbia River Gorge

March 27, 2017 (Updated November 22, 2017)

Traveler Alert: This area was impacted by the recent Eagle Creek Fire. Before you head out, please check with USFS for the most up-to-date information on closures.

Spring in Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge is the best of both worlds. Here you can enjoy fresh ski tracks in the morning and play watersports in the afternoon. Waterfalls are gushing from winter run-off, wildflowers are in full bloom and the days are noticeably longer — which means your ski runs are too. As spring casts its warm embrace on the region, there are more than enough reasons to explore Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. Just be sure to take advantage of this special season while you can.

Three skiers on Mt. Hood

Shred Mt. Hood and Windsurf the Gorge

Conquer a grand peak and a grand river in the same day. Mt. Hood, prime for spring skiing, neighbors the Columbia River Gorge, known as the windsurfing capital of the world.

Rowena Crest covered in wildflowers at sunset

Spring Wildflowers of the Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge puts on a beautiful spring coat. Blossoms and wildflowers dot the landscape in brilliant colors. See all the springtime glory on hiking trails, bike routes and scenic viewpoints.

Two hikes stare at Tamanawas Falls

Mt. Hood Hiker’s Bucket List

The graceful white cone of Mt. Hood beckons. The Mt. Hood National Forest is filled with spectacular alpine hikes, ideal for breathing in that fresh springtime mountain air.

(Photo credit: Tyler Roemer)

Big catch on the Columbia River

Fun on the Water in the Gorge

Watersports are abundant in Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. All that Pacific Northwest rain creates an exciting natural playground. Tag along as a dynamic duo sails, stand-up paddleboards, fishes and soaks in the beauty of this inspiring region.

Mountain biker going downhill on Sandy Ridge Trail

Ride the Sandy Ridge Trail

Mountain bikers flock to the Sandy Ridge Trail, located on the southwest flank of Mt. Hood. The system features 12 miles of epic rides, including separate black, blue and green sections.

(Photo credit: Heath Korvola)

Mountain biker on Post Canyon trail

Freeride Mountain Biking in Post Canyon

In the springtime, a top choice for mountain biking is Post Canyon, a network of mountain biking trails that serpentine through forests, on top of ridges and alongside gurgling creeks.

(Photo credit: Jason Hudson)

Road Trip: Estacada

Known as the “gateway to the Clackamas River,” Estacada is a one-stop shop for wilderness, culture and community. With tree-covered parks, a gushing scenic river and local craft beers, Estacada is a historic city ready to be re-discovered.

Road Trip: Dufur

Though surrounded by ghost towns, Dufur is a living community home to historic buildings and orchards. The town’s most noticeable landmark is the grand 1907 Historic Balch Hotel, a three-story beauty that’s been completely renovated.

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