Mt. Hood National Forest, Timberline Lodge

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The Mount Hood National Forest is 62 miles (100 km) east of the city of Portland, Oregon, and the northern Willamette River valley. The Forest extends south from the Columbia River Gorge across more than 60 miles (97 km) of forested mountains, lakes and streams to the Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mount Jefferson. The Forest includes and is named after Mount Hood, a stratovolcano. The Forest encompasses some 1,067,043 acres (4,318.17 km2). Forest headquarters are located in Sandy, Oregon. A 1993 Forest Service study estimated that the extent of old growth in the Forest was 345,300 acres (139,700 ha). The Forest is divided into four separate districts - Barlow (with offices in Dufur), Clackamas River (Estacada), Hood River (Mount Hood-Parkdale), and Zigzag (Zigzag).

In descending order of land area the National Forest is located in parts of Clackamas, Hood River, Wasco, Multnomah, Marion, and Jefferson counties.
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  • I can't even believe how good the day was and how beautiful the lighting was. We started at around 3.45 PM and it took us 1 hour 10 mins to go to the top. The elevation gain is pretty steady...  more »
  • My husband and I drove through Mount Hood National Forest. It's a beautiful, serene area to drive through. If you are ever in Oregon, the drive here is definitely recommended.  more »
  • Visited Mt. Hood in the summer time and it was spectacular. Weather was nice and was able to hike up to the snow line. Well worth it.  more »
  • One of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. The hike up the mountain was exciting and the views were amazing. We were planning to go to St. Helen's but it ended up being too far from where we were. Glad we didnt since about halfway up the hike cleared up to a beautiful field of floors with a great view of the mountain and its surroundings
  • It took one hour up and 45 minutes driving down. No water supply, rocky and narrow road to the top. Four wheel drive highly encouraged. Self help to pay fees posted.
  • We went up to the hotel...I cannot explain how extraordinary this experience was for us! Being so close to the volcano and the view from it was just so amazing!!! We plan to go back another time to explore some trails at mirror lake and the falls!
  • For those wanting to ascend Mt. Hood: Intermediate difficulty. Terrain rough but manageable. Time required from Cloud Cap Inn is 4 hours up to Hog's Back at a normal pace and little snow-cover. The road up to the base of the prominence is rough, washing out, and one-lane through a burned-out forest bleached white in the sun. You'll want to ascend early in the morning. We began at about 4:15 AM to beat the crowds. Parking becomes non-existent by noon. There are multiple trails to choose from all leading to lovely areas. Download Offline Maps of the area before the trip if you decide not to stay on the main trails. Lots of small glaciers to cross, but the higher you go, the less stable they will be. The peak itself becomes very unstable in the afternoon. We witnessed rockfall and small avalanches as well as saw a crevasse open up. There's little in the way of vibrant color up there but there are lots of flowers at the time this was typed, and the plant and animal life continues up past 10,000 feet. Getting into the cloud-layer of our atmosphere is riveting. The whole day-long trip was exciting. There's camping areas on the mountain as well.
  • The Pacific Crest trail at its finest. Good starting point but we didn't hike for long. I must go back

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