Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge Overview
Beautiful. Spectacular. Magical. Mesmerising. These are just a few of the words used to describe the Mt Hood & Columbia River Gorge, with Hood River at the centre of a multitude of activities.
The enormous canyon cuts through the Cascade Mountains providing one of the most scenic and accessible destinations in the Pacific Northwest.
The region, which spans the Columbia River is nestled between Mt. Adams in Washington and Oregon’s tallest peak – Mt. Hood, calls out to be explored.
Enjoy the beauty of the area by hiking along one of the many trails offering spectacular views at every turn, seek out waterfalls which plummet from steep cliffs, enjoy a day of rafting, kayaking or kiteboarding or take things a little slower and try your hand at fishing, enjoy a game of golf, tour a vineyard, visit a fine art museum or shop at unique stores in towns dotted along the Gorge.
There is never a bad time to visit the area. Mild weather throughout the year makes the Columbia River Gorge an outdoor playground for an array of activities whatever the season.
In the spring, wildflowers and flowering fruit trees dot the Gorge’s landscape while the dozens of waterfalls in the area receive a boost from melting snow.
Summer allows for full enjoyment of the hiking trails and waterways and fall brings warm colors to enhance the rich landscape.
Winter brings outdoor play from snowshoeing, downhill or cross-country skiing and snowmobiling
Mt. Hood & Columbia River Gorge Regions
Located at the sun-drenched eastern entrance of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, just 75 miles east of Portland, The Dalles has 300 days of sun a year. It’s a wonderland for cyclists, hikers, river rafters, wildflower fanatics, anglers, art lovers, history buffs and wine aficionados. A historic Native American trading area for more than 10,000 years, The Dalles is also known as the end of the Oregon Trail.
Located at the crossroads of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the magnificent Cascade Range and just an hour from Portland, Hood River is wildly gorgeous, offering outdoor recreation, dramatic vistas, historic landmarks, bountiful fruit and fantastic food, wine, beer and cider.
Mt. Hood Territory
Adventure awaits you in the great outdoors from majestic Mt. Hood to the fertile Willamette Valley. It might be kayaking and rafting whitewater, mountain biking, hiking or snowshoeing in the wheel ruts of Oregon pioneers, or enjoying a gourmet dinner high up on Mt. Hood. At the end of the day, down-home hospitality – in the shape of a warm meal and cold beer – will greet you in the towns along the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway.
West Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River Gorge is one of America’s most awesome natural wonders. Over 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, this river canyon cuts the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain range. Natural wonders include sheer basalt cliffs, soaring eagle and osprey, and scores of waterfalls, including 620 foot Multnomah Falls.