About Mt. Hood And Mt. Hood National ForestThe Mt. Hood National Forest reaches from the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area along the Cascades to Mount Jefferson and from the foothills east of Portland to the central Oregon plateau. From Portland, the forest may be entered directly from US 26. Another option is to take I-205 to SR 212/224; when the road splits take SR 212 and then pick up US 26. The Hood River entrance to the forest is off SR 35; the Clackamas River entrance is off SR 224.
Majestic Mt. Hood rises 11,239 feet in splendid isolation, dominating the horizon for miles around. Many living glaciers extend to near the timberline on all sides. The peak is the highlight of the Mt. Hood National Forest and the highest point in the state. Alpine meadows, waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs and more than 4,000 miles of streams and 160 lakes grace the forest.
The Columbia River Gorge was formed by an ancient river of lava that also created nearby 620-foot Multnomah Falls. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area maintains parts of the gorge; for information phone (541) 308-1700.
Spectacular scenic drives include the Mt. Hood National Scenic Byway and the West Cascades National Scenic Byway. Forested acreage consists primarily of conifers—cedar, fir, hemlock, pine and spruce. Badger Creek, Bull of the Woods, Mark O. Hatfield, Mt. Hood, Salmon Huckleberry and part of the Mount Jefferson Wilderness are congressionally preserved wilderness areas comprising more than 259,000 acres within the forest.
Recreational activities are varied; there are picnic areas, campgrounds and a 1,200-mile network of trails. The Timberline Lodge, dedicated Sept. 28, 1937, was built using local materials and construction techniques and designed to harmonize with its natural surroundings. Much of the handcrafted furnishings and detailed woodwork has been restored.
Several downhill skiing areas, including year-round skiing at Timberline, are in the Government Camp area; cross-country skiing and snowshoeing can be pursued in other areas. Mt. Hood's skiing areas are popular with professional skiers, including the U.S. Ski Team, which trains here during summer. Cooper Spur Mountain Resort Ski Area, 10755 Cooper Spur Rd., and Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort, 14040 Hwy. 35, are open during winter months. Phone (541) 352-6692 or (503) 337-2222, respectively, for schedules and rates.
A National Forest Recreation Pass is required for some trails in the forest. Cost is $5 per day. For additional information contact the Mt. Hood National Forest, 16400 Champion Way, Sandy, OR 97055; phone (503) 668-1700.
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