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10 Fun Things to do in Mt. Hood/Gorge This Winter

01/18/2017 | Biking, Brewery, Cascade Locks, Dufur, Event, Government Camp, Hiking, Hood River, Lodging, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation, The Dalles, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge

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Winter in the Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge region is meant for adventure and fun... with a side of cozy relaxation. Here are 10 fun suggestions for your winter trip planning in our backyard:

  1. Take in epic views of the Columbia River and sample seasonal brews at Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks.
  2. See what snow-covered waterfalls look like in Waterfall Alley along I-84. However, roads and trails can be icy and dicey in winter. Check conditions in advance and come prepared with adequate apparel, snow and ice gear. We recommend sticking to the easy access falls in winter like Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls, and Latourell Falls.
  3. Learn about the history and culture of the Gorge at one of the upcoming Sense of Place talks in Hood River. January and February topics include Tribal Life Along the River and Woody Guthrie's musical history with the Columbia River.
  4. Warm your body and soul with a yoga class and massage at Flow Yoga and Day Spa.
  5. Hit the slopes with the family at Mt. Hood Meadows.
  6. Visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum and check out their upcoming February exhibit, Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West.
  7. Tuck into a warm coffee shop or rental cabin with a good book that you pick up from Klindts Booksellers, Oregons oldest bookstore.
  8. Relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a night at the historic Balch Hotel in Dufur.
  9. Join a USFS Ranger for a guided moonlight snowshoe tour at Timberline Lodge.
  10. Pump up the adventure with winter fat tire mountain biking on Mt. Hood with help from The Bike Concierge.
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