Oregon’s tallest peak and the surrounding Columbia River Gorge are a bonanza of outdoor fun all year round. As temperatures drop, the landscape is transformed as the alpine rivers and lakes become new worlds of exploration for snowshoers, sledders, cross-country skiers, mushers and snowmobiles. Winter here is also for leafy nature walks along verdant trails, browsing for art by local artists and taking in the mighty Columbia River in all of its majesty. Here’s how to take a winter trip in Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge.
With nearly two dozen sno-parks around Mt. Hood, the winter fun doesn’t stop at the bottom of the mountain.
In the pristine foothills of the Cascade Mountains, these backcountry sno-parks are full of adventure.
These six favorite spots boast ideal conditions for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.