Mount Hood National Forest

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Mount Hood National Forest

Oregon

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Overview

Located twenty miles east of the city of Portland and the northern Willamette River valley, the Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mt. Jefferson.

Enjoy fishing, camping, boating, and hiking in the summer, hunting in the fall, and skiing and other snow sports in the winter. Berry-picking and mushroom collection are popular, and for many area residents, a trip in December to cut the family's Christmas tree is a long-standing tradition.

The Cascade Range Forest Reserve was established in 1893, and divided into several National Forests in 1908, when the northern portion was merged with the Bull Run Reserve (city watershed) and named Oregon National Forest. The name was changed again to Mt. Hood National Forest in 1924.

Some popular destinations that offer rewarding visits are Timberline Lodge, built in 1937 high on Mt. Hood, Lost Lake, Trillium Lake, Timothy Lake, Rock Creek Reservoir and portions of the Old Oregon Trail, including Barlow Road.

There are 189,200 acres of designated wilderness on the Forest. The largest is the Mt. Hood Wilderness, which includes the mountain's peak and upper slopes. Others are Badger Creek, Salmon-Huckleberry, Hatfield, and Bull-of-the-Woods. Olallie Scenic Area is a lightly-roaded lake basin that provides a primitive recreational experience.

Map of Mt. Hood Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 45.263517, -121.739454

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating permitted.

  • Bicycling

    Ride only on trails designated for this use, maintain control of speed, slow down and use caution when approaching or overtaking others, make your presence known well in advance and always yield trail to hikers and equestrians.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Camping

    The Forest has many developed campgrounds and picnic areas. To avoid crowds, visit midweek if possible. Many recreation sites are being improved for barrier-free access. Campgrounds are available by reservation or on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call a Forest Service office for more information.

    Camping outside campgrounds is permitted in many parts of the Mt. Hood National Forest. Camping is permitted for 14 consecutive days and up to 28 days on the Forest in a calendar year. Some area are closed to camping or entry to protect the watershed or wildlife habitat. If you are uncertain whether an area is open, please contact a Forest Service office.

  • Climbing

    Mt Hood was first known to the Northwest Indians as Wy'East. Mt Hood's summit rises to 11,237 feet above sea level. Geologists agree that Wy'East , like all the Cascade volcanoes, may only be "resting" from more active volcanic activity. As you ascend Mt Hood, you enter the Mt Hood Wilderness Area. The Mt Hood Wilderness, 47,100 acres protected under the Wilderness Act, is heavily visited, so please do your part to "leave no trace" when visiting the area. Climbing Mt Hood is a technical climb. There are no trails to the summit.

  • Fishing

    Fishing permitted. Follow all State and National regulations.

  • Hiking

    Roughly 1,000 miles of riding and hiking trails in Mt. Hood National Forest offer a variety of challenges and opportunities for hiking enthusiasts. Yield trail to equestrians, allow equestrians and bicyclists to pass, and resist the urge to cut switchbacks.

  • Historic Sites

    Pleases contact park services for more information.

  • Horseback Riding

    Control your horse, avoid cross-country riding, and avoid tying stock to trees for prolonged periods.

  • Hunting

    Hunting permitted in-season. Follow all State and National regulations.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Most gravel and dirt roads are open to OHV travel. You must have a valid state vehicle permit on your ATV. You must have a valid state operators premit. Special Kids permits are available. OHV users are encouraged to consider taking an ATV safety course before riding.

  • Picnicking

    Berry-picking and mushroom collection are popular picnickers activities. Picnicking permitted in day-use areas.

  • RVing

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Water Sports

    Fishing and boating permitted.

  • Winter Sports

    Please be aware that winter weather conditions may change rapidly on the Forest, especially with Forest roads and highways.

    While the Forest strives to maintain the latest current conditions, you are strongly encouraged to contact your local Forest District Office for the most up-to-date information.

    You must have a valid Sno*Park Permit displayed in the windshield of your vehicle if you park in Sno*Parks (designated winter recreation parking areas) between November 1 and April 30.

    * Snowmobiles are not allowed in Wilderness Areas.

    Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on Mt. Hood are two popular winter activities.

Park Partners

Timberline Lodge

Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon's most popular tourist attractions, drawing nearly two million visitors every year. Considered an architectural wonder, it's still being used for its original intent--a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for all to enjoy. Self-guided tours are available through the winter.

Timberline lodging options include: varied room sizes and prices at the main lodge and group accomodations at Silcox Hut which sits above the main lodge at 7,000 feet.

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Comments

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