• Fri. Sep 23rd, 2022

Mount Hood – The Unofficial 2022 Travel Guide

Mount Hood from Trillium Lake. Photo by Beau Rogers via Flickr CC2.

Last update on January 7, 2022 at 3:58 p.m.

Mount the hood is an Oregon icon. It’s one of Oregon’s top destinations for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, and one of Oregon’s best places for mountain biking and hiking during the warm months. People love to visit Mount Hood’s many lakes, stay in beautiful cabins, camp, and enjoy breathtaking views of Oregon’s natural landscape. This is your year-round guide to exploring Hood and all it has to offer.

Mount Hood is Oregon’s highest point at 11,230 feet (3,425 meters) and the fourth highest peak in the Cascade Range.

Best things to do around Mount Hood Oregon

Mount Hood. Photo by Danielle Denham @ThePDXPhotographer.

Hot Weather Adventure on Mount Hood

Little Crater Lake – Stunning little sister to Crater Lake near Mount Hood

Little Crater Lake Oregon by Bonnie Moreland via Flickr CC2.

small crater lake is a serene spot in the Mount Hood National Forest, known to locals as Crater Lake’s little sister. Although you don’t want to swim in these cold waters, it’s the perfect spot for photographers and those looking for a quiet place to camp near Hood.

Stunning Fall Hood Train Rides

Photo via Mount Hood Railroad Facebook page.

This autumn train ride is the perfect way to see the area around Mount Hood and snap photos of the beautiful fall foliage. These train tours usually last around an hour and a half and offer passengers some pretty sights. Tickets usually cost around $40.

Mount Hood Ski Bowl Adventure Park and Alpine Slide

Mount Hood Adventure Park
Photo by JA Tomlinson.

In summer Mount Hood Ski Bowl transforms into an impressive adventure park with more than 20 attractions. From a mountain bike park to Indy cars, pony rides, bungee trampoline, freefall bungee jumping, ziplines and a high ropes course, this is the place to be. to spend a day full of adventures with your family.

Mount Hood Alpine Slide
Photo by JA Tomlinson.

One of the main attractions is the alpine slide. Riders take the drag lift to the top of the alpine slide, then slide on carts whose speed you control with a handbrake. Both children and adults love this slide, although adults will find that they have to lift the brake all the way to be able to maintain their speed and reach the bottom.

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See the full summer list activities at Skibowl Adventure Park here.

Hike Mount Hood

McNeil Point Trail on Mount Hood
McNeil Point trail on Mount Hood. Photo by Page via Flickr CC2.

There are hundreds of hiking options on and around Mount Hood, but one of the trails with the most breathtaking views is the McNeil Point Trail.

It’s a tough hike, but well worth the hike up into the mountains for the breathtaking views.

Hike Mount Hood
Pointe McNeil. Photo by Thomas Shahan via Flickr CC2.

The McNeil Point Trail is a 9.6 mile out and back trail best done April through November, although it is open for snowshoeing in the winter if you can manage to access it when the roads are covered thick snow. Be sure to check out the map at the bottom of the page and zoom in to see all of the trails that criss-cross Mount Hood and Mount Hood National Forest. You can also see a list of day hiking trails here, and hiking trails here.

MTB Balaclava

ATV Mount Hood
Mountain biking Mt Hood. Photo by Zach Dischner via Flickr CC2.

Mount Hood has some awesome spots for mountain biking. One of our favorites is at ski bowl, where you and your bike can catch a ski lift up the mountain and then cycle down many trails. There are trails for beginners, intermediates, and experts, including man-made obstacles to enjoy.

You can also do Lift Assisted Mountain Bike at Timberline, which also offers biking camps and lessons. For those wanting to experience the trails at Timberline Bike Park and the Skibowl, there’s a Mt. Hood Fusion Bike Park Pass which will allow you unlimited cycling in both.

Sandy Ridge Mountain Bike Trail Hood
Sandy Ridge trail system. Photo by BLM via Flickr CC2.

Other good mountain biking options in the area are the Sandy Ridge Trail System, which is located on a ridge above the Sandy River just west of Hood. These trails take you through beautiful forests of Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and Western Hemlock.

Another great trail for cyclists is the Pioneer Bridle Trail #795, which is an 8 mile trail that takes you from Government Camp almost to Rhododendron and follows the Barlow Road (an old part of the Oregon Trail).

Mount Hood Winter Adventure

Mt Hood Winter Adventure Bonfire Snowshoe
A bonfire break during a snowshoe expedition on Mount Hood. Photo by Mt. Hood Territory via Flickr CC2.

Mount Hood has so many amazing things to do in winter, from snowshoeing to descending a hill in fresh powder at night in a sled with friends and family. Below are our top four things to do on Mount Hood during your winter visit.

Go Cosmic Tubing at Skibowl

Cosmic Tubing on the Mount Hood Skibowl night ski area.

Kids and adults will love it Cosmic Tubing at Mt. Hood Skibowl. Skibowl is known as America’s largest nighttime ski area, and there’s something to do here for the whole family. While older siblings hit the nighttime snowboarding slopes, younger siblings and parents can spend the evening tubing on a massive ice-cold dance floor.

Take a classic sleigh ride

Sleigh rides at Mount Hood in Oregon

Many people never take a sleigh ride, but you can. These sleds are pulled by beautiful horses and usually start around mid-December. Get more information here.

Ski and snowboard hood

I learned to snowboard at Mount Hood Meadows in middle school. I remember taking lessons and then spending the day on the slopes with friends. Mount Hood Meadows will always be one of my favorite places to snowboard and it’s a great place to spend the weekend with family and friends. Get more information here.

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing Mount Hood Oregon

Mt Hood Snowshoe
Mont Hood for snowshoeing. Photo by College Outdoors via Flickr CC2.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are a great way to exercise while admiring the area’s natural beauty away from the crowds. There’s nothing quite like being in the middle of the forest when it’s covered in snow and everything is quiet around you.

When I was a kid, we used to cross-country ski around a lake in the Mount Hood National Forest, and I was completely in awe of the beauty of the area. If you’ve never done cross-country skiing before, be sure to go with a guide or someone who knows how to do it. Check out this list of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails on Mount Hood. If you want to cross-country ski on groomed trails, check out the Nordic park mug!

You can also consult this moonlit snowshoe hike on Mount Hood for an extra special outing!

Stunning Cabins on Mount Hood

Whether you just need a weekend away from the city or are looking for a jumping off point for your Mount Hood adventures, we have a list of awesome cabins you can stay in!

Stay in a cabin with a great view of Hood

The little Sandy Oregon cabin above has a breathtaking view of Hood. Wake up each morning and have a coffee by the fireplace while watching the beautiful sunrise.

If you don’t need a view of Hood and prefer to be in the forest, this cute cabin pictured above is super cozy and the perfect place for a romantic getaway!
Those looking for a truly rustic experience will love it this cozy vintage cabin near Cedarwood. This cabin was built in 1922 and can accommodate two people. What a great place to use as a base camp when exploring Mount Hood.
This beautiful quiet cabin sits on 80 acres of land in a beautiful lush forest. During your stay you will be surrounded by ferns and towering trees and can take a short walk to a cascading waterfall. This cabin is off the grid and there is a 10 minute walk through the woods from the parking lot to the cabin. It’s the perfect place to get away from people and spend some quality time with nature and loved ones.
To complete the list of our favorite stays near Hood, here is a magical tree house in Sandy Oregon. This cozy treehouse sits on 20 acres of property, so you have space to roam around. It can accommodate four people and the property has a pond.

Weather in Mount Hood

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Mount Hood Map of things to do

Six lakes at Mount Hood to enjoy

Which of these things are you planning for your next Mount Hood adventure? See our article here for more of our favorite Oregon adventures and things to do.