Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Blog

FIVE WAYS TO ENJOY FALL IN MT. HOOD TERRITORY
10/15/2019 | Heritage, Hiking, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Recreation
Fall in Mt. Hood Territory means cozy cabins, crisp air, and adventures surrounded by the gorgeous autumn colors. Here’s some ideas for you to enjoy fall in the region this season!Stay in a cozy cabin or tiny house: Visitors can choose from 100s of vacation rentals spread throughout the Mt. Hood National Forest. For those looking for an even more original experience, try one of the tiny houses available to rent at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village. Each home has its own décor and charm, and also features a campfire pit right outside the door. No matter what you’re looking for, there is a perfect place for every group size and family.Explore Oregon Trail history: The Barlow Toll Road around Mt. Hood...  Read More
TASTE THE BEST OF THE FALL HARVEST AT LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS
09/30/2019 | Estacada, Event, Food, Hood River, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Road Trip, Sandy, The Dalles
Fall harvest season is upon us, which means we are about to be showered with delicious honeycrisp apples, Bartlett pears, pumpkins, chestnuts and more. To fully enjoy all the season has to offer, head out to the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood Territory to support local farmers markets.Mount Hood Farmers MarketEnjoy music, food, fresh produce, and handmade goods at the Mount Hood Farmers Market in Sandy. Right on the main street of town in Sandy, you can stop by the market on Fridays from 3pm to 7pm through the end of October. It’s the perfect stop for after a hike or while you are exploring in Mt. Hood Territory.Estacada Farmers MarketThis is the last Saturday for you to catch...  Read More
NORTH AMERICAN BIGFOOT CENTER OPENS IN BORING
09/24/2019 | Boring, Heritage, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Road Trip
The North American Bigfoot Center launched a soft opening in (not at all) Boring at the beginning of August. Leading Bigfoot researcher Cliff Barackman of Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot and his wife are the brains behind the museum. Their goal is to present the evidence so visitors can make their own conclusions…and have fun!Cliff has been researching Bigfoot for more than 25 years and has become one of the go-to experts in the field. One major reason for opening the center in Mt. Hood Territory is that this area has the most reported Bigfoot sightings of any county in Oregon.Currently at the North American Bigfoot Center, there’s an information center with evidence that visitors can touch and feel. This exhibit includes...  Read More
DOG FRIENDLY ADVENTURES IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE AND MT. HOOD TERRITORY
09/04/2019 | Hiking, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Recreation, The Dalles, The Hood River Chamber Of Commerce, West Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood Territory are an adventurer’s dream! And oftentimes that dream is completed when you’re able to bring your four-legged adventure buddy along. We’ve rounded up some of the best dog friendly places for your next trip out to the region.Off Leash AreasIf you’re looking to let your dog run free there are a few options for different terrain or different seasons. Check out Sandy Bluff Dog Park, Thousand Acres at the Sandy River Delta, Firehouse Park in The Dalles, or Barlow Sno Park. Hikes on LeashMany hikes will require that your dog be on leash to preserve the trails and terrain. Also, a number of the trails in the region have steep drop offs that...  Read More
HASSLE FREE TRANSPORTATION TO MT. HOOD AND THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
06/27/2019 | Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Road Trip, The Dalles, Transportation
Looking for the best ways to explore the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood region this summer? Be carefree by going car free! Spend your time thinking only of the scenery you’ll see, the communities you'll visit, and adventures you’ll have, without worrying about the hassle of parking or traffic. Below are a couple of great options!Mt. Hood ExpressTrying to get up into the mountains? Take the Mt. Hood Express from Sandy! Running seven days a week, year round, the Mt. Hood Express is a great option to come along for the ride and fully take in the scenery of the Mt. Hood area. Bring your bike on the shuttle to explore the gorgeous mountain trails along the river in...  Read More
FOLLOW OUR FAVORITE FOOD TRAILS
04/01/2019 | Food, Hood River, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Parkdale, Winery
Why spend hours researching all the best places to eat and drink in the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge region, when you can take the easy route and follow one of our delicious food and beverage trails? Our locals have done all the work for you, all you have to do is download the map and get ready to eat and drink to your heart’s content.East Gorge Food TrailTo experience a true showcase of the local agriculture and the depth of the Gorge food system, opt for the East Gorge Food Trail. This trail goes from Mosier to the Dalles and on into Dufur. You can create a route from a list of 30 businesses that includes orchards, farm...  Read More
DISCOVER THE OREGON TRAIL THROUGH THE NEW ACTIVITY GUIDE
03/25/2019 | Cascade Locks, Heritage, Hood River, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Road Trip, The Dalles
Last year, while commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, Mt. Hood Territory decided to create an interactive tool that would inspire both kids and adults to learn more about the history of the trail.Our free Oregon Trail Activity Guide explores everything about pioneer life, including wagon-packing tips, hand gestures used to communicate with Native American tribes and cooking on the trail. The information is delivered through coloring pages, mazes, matching games and connect-the-dots. Learn about history while having fun! Hopefully this activity book inspires you to see these historical sites in person. Here are a few suggested Oregon Trail locations in Mt. Hood Territory.The Barlow RoadThis route provided an alternative to the dangerous Columbia River. The Barlow Road began at...  Read More
A FAMILY ADVENTURE ON THE OREGON TRAIL
03/13/2019 | Dufur, Estacada, Heritage, Hiking, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Road Trip, The Dalles
175 years ago, thousands of families set out on one of the most epic -- and dangerous -- migrations of people in human history. This was known as the Oregon Trail.The Oregon Trail spanned over 2,100 miles, from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon, taking families anywhere from 5 to 6 months to complete. The final leg of the Trail was known as the Barlow Road, built in 1846. This route, from The Dalles to Oregon City, was built after many families lost their lives and/or livestock trying to make their way down the Columbia River. The Barlow Road was a better alternative, taking caravans around the southern side of Mt Hood, and then out west to Oregon City. Today,...  Read More
HAVE THE MOUNTAIN TO YOURSELF AND TRAVEL MID-WEEK TO MT. HOOD
02/07/2019 | Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Skiing, Snowboading
Being one of the best mountains in the Pacific Northwest also means more and more people want to visit Mt. Hood each winter. Which is great! For those looking for the best experience though -- meaning less traffic, easier parking, shorter lift lines and more wide-open terrain -- we recommend hitting the slopes mid-week. It’s also more affordable this season with plenty of mid-week ski and lodging deals in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory.Timberline Lodge & Ski Area boasts the Pacific Northwest’s largest vertical terrain with 3,690 vertical feet (1,125 meters) and some of the state’s most scenic skiing. The lodge is a National Historic Landmark and is the only ski-in/ski-out lodge in Oregon. Experience it for yourself from now until...  Read More
WINTER ADVENTURES IN OREGONS MT. HOOD TERRITORY
01/10/2019 | Brightwood, Government Camp, Hood River, Lodging, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Rhododendron, Skiing, Snowboading, Villages of Mt. Hood, Welches, Wemme, Zigzag
January 29 is National Plan for Vacation Day which encourages everyone to plan vacation days for the rest of the year. And what better place to plan a trip than Mt. Hood?Home to some of Oregon’s most incredible winter activities, Mt. Hood is the perfect destination for a wintertime vacation. What’s New This Season?Mt. Hood Skibowl, the largest night ski area in America, expanded their night ski terrain with two new lit runs. Now offering 36 lit runs, visitors can ski from the top of Upper Bowl all the way to the bottom of the hill for the first time.Skibowl also increased their snowmaking ability this season with a new system that can make snow even when temperatures are above freezing....  Read More
HOOD RIVER - THE PERFECT WINTER BASECAMP
12/19/2018 | Food, Hood River, Mt. Hood, Skiing, Winery
While many are ready to hit the mountain at the first sign of snow, others need a little encouragement to make the leap to cold-weather outdoor fun, and still others relish winter for the inside retreat opportunities it affords. Whichever category you fall into, Hood River is a wonderful home base for making wintertime memories. Snow lovers launching from Hood River will happily find themselves just 45 minutes from the Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort, and hitting the runs on Mt. Hood before anyone can say “no bumper to bumper traffic.” For those trying skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing for the first time, Hood River has you covered. There are a number of rental shops providing equipment, clothing and advice to...  Read More
THE LAST LEG OF THE OREGON TRAIL - THE BARLOW ROAD
08/13/2018 | Dufur, Heritage, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, The Dalles
The Oregon Trail was more than the video game many of us played when we were kids. It was one of history's most arduous journeys that began 175 years ago in Independence, Missouri. Thousands of families made their way across the US in search of the promised land, Oregon. The last leg of the trail, known as The Barlow Road, was arguably the most arduous section of the trail, but critical to traverse the section between The Dalles and Oregon City. Learn all about The Oregon Trail and The Barlow Road in Hear in the Gorge's recent podcast episode, "Oregon Trail Roadtrip."Inspired to explore The Oregon Trail on your own? Here are some of our favorite stops along the way that...  Read More
HAWK WATCHING ON MT. HOOD
09/12/2016 | Event, Government Camp, Hood River, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Recreation, Wildlife
Now is the time to dig out your binoculars and head up to Mt. Hood to experience the annual hawk migration. Every fall hundreds of thousands of birds take wing and migrate from their breeding grounds in North America down to warmer climates in South America. What does this mean for the Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge region Each year from September through October Mt. Hood National Forest becomes a playground for thousands of hawks and other bird species.The Bonney Butte Hawkwatch officially started on August 27th this year and runs through October 31st, just east of Government Camp. Every year visitors can see up to 2,500-4,500 hawks pass through the area including Sharp-shinned Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Turkey Vultures,...  Read More
MT HOOD ORGANIC FARMS
08/16/2016 | Agritourism, Food, Hood River, Mt. Hood, Odell, Parkdale
In the Hood River area south of Parkdale and Odell nestled in the hills of Mt Hood there is a family-owned organic farm. Mt Hood Organic Farms has been under the ownership of Brady and John Jacobson since 1981 who believe in sustainable farming techniques. They were in fact part of the original group that started the Fruit Loop in the Hood River area that celebrates local farms in the area.First and foremost, Mt. Hood Organic Farms is a family run farm, operated by Brady and John Jacobson, which just happens to be situated in a stunningly beautiful location at the base of Mt. Hood in the Upper Hood River Valley. The valley supplies about 30% of all the winter...  Read More
MIRROR LAKE
08/09/2016 | Camping, Hiking, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Recreation
Mirror lake on Mt Hood is a great place to view the majestic mountain against the clear waters of the lake, this almost 3-mile hike is easily accessible from Highway 26. This family-friendly hike is also a great backpacking opportunity and campgrounds are available at the lake. Whether you are looking for a day trip or a weekend getaway, Mirror Lake is a great opportunity. From the trailhead parking area, cross rushing Camp Creek and immediately enter deep forest, crossing Mirror Creek on a second log bridge. The trail soon enters more open woods, then begins a series of switchbacks across open scree slopes that provide interesting views of the Zigzag Valley, far below. If youre taking children on this...  Read More
MT HOOD QUILT SHOW
07/11/2016 | Art, Event, Heritage, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Rhododendron, Villages of Mt. Hood
This year marks the 19th Annual Mt Hood Oregon Trail Quilt Show which will take a look at the past and present of quilt making styles. Learn about the different styles settlers had for quilt making while comparing them to modern day contemporary styles. This event will be free admission and the exhibit will take place in the historic Village of Rhododendron on July 16-17th noon to 5pm.The heritage of our quilting traditions is celebrated in this two-day event. Held in the Village of Rhododendron during the month of July, this special event brings together heritage quilts of the past --such as those dating back to the days of the Oregon Trail,hand-sewn by those who made the 2,000-plus mile journey...  Read More
SUMMER SNOW
07/08/2016 | Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Recreation, Skiing, Snowboading
This weekend skiers and snowboarders of Mt Hood are sure to be happy. The forecast calls for snow! Enjoy some fresh powder up at Timberline, the only spot you can ski all year round!It is July right asks the National Weather Service forecast office in Medford, Ore., which then advises: Get ready for a significant change . . . Snow levels will drop down to 6000 ft. Saturday night and 1-3 inches will be possible in the high Cascades above 6000 ft., including Crater Lake Rim.The fresh snow is sure to delight summer skiers on Mount Hood, where skiing is possible year-round. Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood is still open daily and theyll be having themselves a nice mini...  Read More
LAVENDER DAZE
06/22/2016 | Agritourism, Event, Hood River, Mt. Hood
Join us July 2nd-3rd For the 12th annual Lavender Daze Festival at Mt. Hood Lavender Farm! Live music, tons of activities for the kids and beautiful views of the lavender fields against Oregon countryside, it is the perfect way to spend a weekend! Saturday: 10am-5pmSunday: 10am-5pmLive Music Saturday 10:00-Noon Jess Clemons & Anderson Gould 12:30-2:30 Moe Dixon 3:00-5:00 Bonneville Power TrioSunday 10:30-Noon Alonzo Garbonzo 12:30-2:30 Kay Floria and Randy Bell 3:00-5:00 Wasco BrothersDE LA HI BBQ Local WinesLadybug release party & Children's ActivitiesbyTeacher Janet at Our Children's Place"Kids, help us release beneficial Ladybugs into our wildflower garden!"(Check in with Teacher Janet when you arrive and sign up for the Ladybug Release, it will be going on both days, several times...  Read More
WEST COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
WATERFALLS
One of the most iconic places in the Pacific North West, the Columbia River Gorge offers unparalleled waterfall scenery and canyon views. Visit the West Columbia Gorge area to stand at the base of waterfalls, boat on the mighty Columbia River, or to stand atop vistas and take in the view. READ MORE
THE DALLES
SUNSHINE
Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, The Dalles is a place full of recreation, culture, and history. A historic Native American trading area, this city has been a center of commerce for over 10,000 years. A paradise for history buffs, cyclists, and wine aficionados, The Dalles is for all to enjoy. READ MORE
MT. HOOD TERRITORY
EXPLORATION
The only mountain offering summer skiing in North America, Mt. Hood and the surrounding territory never gets old. If you’re not a skier, put on your hiking boots, grab a fishing pole, or load up your kayak to explore the trails, lakes, and rivers, found throughout the area. READ MORE
HOOD RIVER
WATERSPORTS
Offering world-class kiteboarding and windsurfing, Hood River is where outdoor enthusiasts and adventure-seekers are drawn to. Close to the mountain, along the river, and nestled against superb farmland, visit this town for amazing restaurants, fresh produce, and an unrivaled watersport scene. READ MORE
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