The second most climbed mountain in the world, Mt. Hood is crowned by 11 glaciers and is home to the only year-round ski resort in North America. Here’s how to see it for yourself:
Wildflowers: Carpets of flowers line the hiking trails on Mt. Hood in the spring. Look for beargrass and lilies along the trail at Umbrella Falls and purple lupine at Little Crater Lake.
Skiing: With six ski areas, Mt. Hood easily becomes your base camp for skiing. It’s also home to some of the only year-round skiing anywhere, which is why you’ll often find Olympians here training during the summer.
Timberline Lodge: This National Historic Landmark was built as part of the 1930s WPA program and is now a beautiful place to go skiing, hiking, or to just relax by the fire and take in the view of the towering mountain peak just outside its windows.
The Fruit Loop: All around Mt. Hood, you’ll find farms galore. The Hood River County Fruit Loop boasts thousands of acres of orchards, wines, lavender and wildflowers. Try the pie or a cinnamon roll at Packer Orchards, and stop by the Gorge White House to taste wines from area vineyards while strolling through the estate’s fields of flowers. Stay the night at the Old Parkdale Inn, where you’re just a short walk from downtown Parkdale, home to Solera Brewery and Apple Valley BBQ.
Alpine Lakes: Mt. Hood is home to beautiful alpine lakes, each offering its own unique view of the mountain. Photographers, fishermen and campers alike will want to check out Trillium Lake, Lost Lake and Mirror Lake.