Waterfalls, Watering Holes, and Wildflowers

Dip your toes in the cool waters of Ramona Falls or canoe the glassy surface of Trillium Lake in the reflection of Mt. Hood. Spring is the perfect time to refresh and renew in the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge.

On the south side of the mountain, pedal-powered thrill seekers are rewarded with 17 miles of single-track at the Sandy Ridge Trail system and 70 gorgeous road bike miles on the Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway.

Birders and canine lovers traipse the trails at the Sandy River Delta in Troutdale. The elegant Confluence Project installation by artist Maya Lin honors the people and wildlife encountered by Lewis and Clark.

Explore Hood River’s winery scene at Hiyu Wine Farm, Cathedral Ridge Winery and The Gorge White House along the Hood River County Fruit Loop. Book a bed and breakfast and watch the sun set over the vineyards with Mt. Hood in the distance.

Stop in the charming town of Mosier at Mosier Company for locally made cider or juicy burger with farm fresh vegetables.

Drive the curvy Historic Columbia River Highway to The Dalles for a mellow morning paddle with Float on SUP — offering rentals, lessons and even paddleboard yoga. You’ll get gorgeous views of the wildflower-strewn hillsides along with osprey, eagles and heron in secluded coves.

Still not convinced? Listen to what our local neighbors are saying about this area.