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MT. HOOD AND
THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

If you’re waiting for the right time of year to come to the Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge region, we recommend heading here today. With year-round hiking, skiing, waterfall-chasing, beer-drinking, and adventuring, the Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge region is always ready for you. Our weekly blog posts spread the word about trip ideas and events throughout the entire Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge region.

Hood_Gorge_Regions_West_Columbia_River_Gorge_01WEST COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE

Which cities are in our sub-region?  

Fairview

Named after the vistas that stretch along the riverside, Fairview, with it’s two lakes, is a great destination for fishing and other outdoor activities. At Blue Lake Regional Park you can rent boats, cast a line or go for a swim in the park’s namesake. You can also explore a nature-themed playground, a ‘spray ground,’ a discovery garden, sports facilities and a wetland with a viewing platform and trail.

Wood Village

Just minutes from Portland International Airport, Wood Village marks the western most city of the Mt Hood Gorge Region, making it the ideal base camp to start your journey. Both the Mt Hood and Columbia River Gorge Scenic By-ways pass through “The Village” giving the option to travel either from one starting point.

Troutdale

The true gateway to the Columbia River Gorge, with an old fashioned downtown nestled against the wild beauty of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Browse its main street filled with art galleries, specialty shops and brew pubs and visit nearby historic sites, like the Harlow House and depot Rail Museum.

Corbett

Located on the Historic Columbia River Highway between the Sandy River and Crown Point, Corbett is home to the Vista House, an observatory, that also serves as a memorial to Oregon pioneers and as a comfort station for travelers on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Hood_Gorge_Regions_West_Columbia_River_Gorge_02What are the major destinations in the West Columbia River Gorge?  

  • Historic Columbia River Hwy – Travel to magnificent overlooks that provide views of the Columbia River and waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls.

  • Vista House – Few places combine nature’s wonders and human architectural brilliance so majestically. Once called “Thor’s Heights,” Crown Point is capped with a rest stop observatory named the Vista House.

  • Multnomah Falls – At 620 feet, Multnomah Falls is arguably `the grandaddy` of the 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. It attracts large crowds on summer weekends, so plan accordingly. A trail from famous Multnomah Falls Lodge (1925) climbs to the Simon Benson Bridge across the lower cascade, then zigzags to the top.

Hood_Gorge_Regions_West_Columbia_River_Gorge_03Marquee Events:

  • Troutdale SummerFest 2016 – Enjoy a community parade through Troutdale, chalk it up with your kids, and spend the day with family and friends in Glenn Otto Park. 

  • Fall Festival of the Arts – The Fall Festival Of The Arts is sponsored by the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce and is actively supported  by a steering committee comprised of gallery and business owners, artists, and community leaders, in appreciation of the thriving Arts environment in our area. 

  • Troutdale Annual Tree Lighting– Celebrate the “Season of Giving” in charming historic Troutdale!  Festivities include musical performances, hot chocolate and cider.  There will also be small gifts for children. The Tree Lighting is at 6pm.

Hood_Gorge_West_Columbia_River_Gorge_Chamber_of_CommerceDon’t forget to visit the West Columbia River Gorge Chamber of Commerce for more information about the region’s attractions and lodging before your vacation or road trip to the West Columbia River Gorge.

 

 

 

 

REGIONS

With year-round hiking, skiing, waterfall-chasing, beer-drinking, and adventuring, the Mt. Hood-Gorge region is always ready for you. To keep you in the loop while you’re away, our weekly blog posts spread the word about trip ideas, events, and memories throughout the entire Mt. Hood-Gorge region.

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  TRIP IDEAS

Start your adventure treking across a mountain or through a rainforest. Spend a day chasing waterfalls as you travel up the Columbia River Gorge. Then spend a day on the river windsurfing or kiteboarding. Finally, your journey is not complete without world-class fishing on the Columbia.

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Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge are unquestionably two of the most beautiful places on earth. Whether you're looking up the Columbia from the Vista House or Rowena Crest, taking in Mt. Hood from Timberline Lodge or gliding past old-growth Douglas-firs on the Clackamas River, your eyes will never tire.

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