Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Blog - Recreation

EXPLORE HOOD RIVER CAR-FREE
07/03/2017 | Agritourism, Biking, Hood River, Recreation, Transportation, Winery
 If you like scenic drives, Hood River, Oregon is a stellar basecamp for exploring two spectacular scenic byways: the 105-mile Mount Hood Scenic Byway and the 70-mile Historic Columbia River Scenic Byway. Be sure to leave a full day to explore both routes, as they both offer numerous viewpoints, historic sites, restaurants, wineries, farms, waterfalls and other points of interest.If you prefer sightseeing by bicycle, many businesses offer rental bikes, including electric bikes, and some unique and fun options that will get you and your family out of the car and into nature.Bringing together two of Hood Rivers favorite pastimescycling and wine tastingMountNBarreL offers all-including wine-tasting tours for groups of up to 17 people. Take a leisurely seven-mile spin to local...  Read More
READY, SET, GORGE!
06/15/2017 | Hiking, Hood River, Recreation, The Dalles, West Columbia River Gorge
Travel tips for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic AreaThe magnificent Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a favorite among locals and Oregon visitors alike, and its no mystery as to why. Within these 293,000 acres, there are spectacular waterfalls, trails for all hiking levels, parks, historical sites, and the scenic Historic Columbia River Highway. Unlike most national parks and scenic areas, the Columbia Gorge is also home to 13 communities, all of which have unique characteristics that make them well worth visiting.More than 2 million people visit the Gorge each year, and many make Hood River their basecamp because of its easy access to dozens of hiking and biking trails and majestic drives and sightseeing. Hood River is...  Read More
SAY HELLO TO SPRING IN HOOD RIVER
03/22/2017 | Agritourism, Brewery, Event, Hiking, Hood River, Recreation, Winery
 Snow in the Hood River Valley has melted away, and its 14,000 acres of fruit trees will soon be bursting with pink and white blossoms. During the month of April, also known as Blossom Time in Hood River, plan a multi-day stay in this beautiful agricultural town in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and immerse yourself in one of the states most beautiful springtime wonderlands!Here is what we suggest at the perfect springtime activity...Day 1 Hood River County Fruit LoopDrive or bike the Hood River County Fruit Loop, a gorgeous 35-mile self-guided tour route. Youll pass through pear, cherry and apple orchards bursting with pink and white flowers. Recommended stops include The Gorge White House,...  Read More
TROUT FISHING NEAR THE DALLES
03/02/2017 | Agritourism, Fishing, Recreation, The Dalles
Stephanie Valencano of The Dalles with her big rainbow from Taylor Lake. Photo by Gary Lewis by guest contributor Gary LewisIn the days of yesteryear, opening day was on a Saturday, but that is no more because the Department of Fish & Wildlife simplified the angling regulations last year. Now, most of our favorite waters are open year round.It used to be that folks looked forward to opening day of trout season. Campers rolled in from the big city, stopped in tackle shops for bait and advice, then set up their canvas tents at campgrounds then drove back to town to stay in motels when rainstorms washed them out. It was a great system, but I like this better.Early last April...  Read More
TROUTDALE: YOUR BASE CAMP TO ADVENTURE
02/01/2017 | Lodging, Recreation, Skiing, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge
Troutdale, Oregon is not only the Gateway to the Gorge but is also a convenient base camp for all your favorite winter activities up on the mountain. From snowshoeing to skiing, snow biking to tubing, it is all just a 1-hour drive away. In Troutdale, and throughout the rest of the West Columbia Gorge area, you can stock up on snow activity supplies, head up for a day on the mountain, then come back down to relax for a night's stay along the majestic Columbia River. Not sure which adventure to tackle first on Mt. Hood Check out Troutdale's local adventure tour operator, Rare Earth Adventures. In addition to leading waterfall hikes in The Gorge, during the winter they...  Read More
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
 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: Take in epic views of the Columbia River and sample seasonal brews at Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks. 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. Learn about the history and culture of the Gorge at one of the upcoming...  Read More
TOP 5 NEW YEARS' RESOLUTIONS - HOOD RIVER STYLE
01/05/2017 | Hood River, Recreation, Skiing, Waterfalls, Waterplay, Winery
It is now 2017, which only means one thing: time to set some New Years' resolutions for yourself. What better way to make you plans for the year than apply them to visits to Hood River. Here are our top 5 recommended Hood River resolution ideas to get you started: Hike to at least 25 waterfalls. The Columbia River Gorge has the greatest concentration of waterfalls in North America. Commonly referred to as Waterfall Alley, there are over 77 waterfalls to check out from a number of beautiful hiking trails. Be sure to put these on your list: Wahclella Falls, Tunnel Falls along Eagle Creek and Dry Creek Falls.Learn to ski. Mt. Hood Meadows and Cooper Spur Mountain Resort are...  Read More
EAGLES AND BIRDIES IN THE DALLES
12/29/2016 | Recreation, The Dalles, Wildlife
This winter is the perfect time to watch eagles and hit birdies. Don't worry, we mean to golf kind. The Dalles Dam 2017 Eagle WatchThe bald eagles are back! Join U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers for the sixth annual Dam Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center on January 28th, 2017. Learn about our nations symbol by watching them in their natural habitat and enjoy interactive activities at the visitor center.As bald eagles migrate south each winter in search of food, the Columbia River provides an excellent food source for our winter guest. Westrick Park, near the dam and across from the visitor center, seems to be a favorite winter vacation spot. It is quiet and...  Read More
HEAD TO HOOD RIVER FOR A POST-ELECTION DETOX
10/24/2016 | Biking, Brewery, Food, Hiking, Hood River, Recreation
Is the American election season stressing you out We have the perfect antidote. Spend time in nature which has been proven to reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones.Beautiful Hood River located near Oregons highest peak, Mt. Hood, and within the lush waterfall corridor of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area has an abundance of ways for nature to provide a much-needed post-election detox. Here are some of our suggestions:Unwind next to a waterfall. The Columbia River Gorge has the highest concentration of waterfalls in North America, and near Hood River you will find many trails leading to them, including Wahclella Falls, Dry Creek Falls, Tamanawas Falls, or the new Punchbowl Falls...  Read More
TOP 5 SPOTS FOR MT. HOOD/COLUMBIA GORGE LEAF PEEPING
09/26/2016 | Hood River, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation, The Dalles, West Columbia River Gorge
Drive along one of the Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge scenic byways during the month of October and you will experience our regions vibrant fall foliage. Looking to go off-the-beaten-path for autumns visual bounty Check out our Top 5 Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge Hidden Leaf Peeping Gems:Hood River Fruit Loop, Hood River: The 35-mile Hood River County Fruit Loop, set among 14,000 acres of bountiful orchards, is perfect for fall leaf peeping. Not only do the apple and pear orchards and grape vineyards turn beautiful fall colors, but visitors can make stops at farm stands and u-pick farms along the way for apples, pears, pumpkins, chestnuts and other fall produce.Mill Creek Road, The Dalles: Follow along Mill Creek Road via car or...  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
LABOR DAY CAMPING
09/01/2016 | Biking, Camping, Government Camp, Hiking, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation
Labor Day weekend is a great time to go camping! This weekend, visit Mt Hood at Still Creek Campground near Government Camp, for fun play and relaxation surrounded my nature! The campground features activities like hiking, fishing and mountain trails around it, so there are plenty of things to do!Still Creek Campground lies in the shadows of majestic Mt. Hood, in Oregon's Mt. Hood National Forest. It is one of the closest campgrounds to the mountain, and offers access to a variety of recreational opportunities. The surrounding area contains hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, as well as numerous mountain lakes, rivers and creeks. Located in a meadow area of the forest. In the summer, visitors enjoy hiking and...  Read More
EXPLORE THE GORGE
09/01/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, Road Trip, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Celebrate Labor Day this weekend by exploring the West Columbia River Gorge region! Camping and climbing and waterfalls, there are no shortages of things to do in this beautiful area! Whether you are bringing the whole family or a smaller group of friends, there is sure to be something fun for you in the West Columbia River Gorge. Here are a few ideas to get you started!What are the major destinations in the West Columbia River Gorge Historic Columbia River Hwy Travel to magnificent overlooks that provide views of the Columbia River and waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls.Vista House Few places combine natures wonders and human architectural brilliance so majestically. Once called Thors Heights, Crown Point is capped...  Read More
SALMON BUTTE
08/29/2016 | Hiking, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation, Villages of Mt. Hood, Welches
Salmon Butte Trail is a great hike for those looking for a little more of a challenge but a great reward. Beautiful, forested scenery all the way up the trail, and a view of several mountains along the Cascade range at the top. Come on down to Mt Hood by Welches and see this beautiful 11.8-mile hike! The Salmon Butte Trailhead sign is nailed to a tree above a wide trail. Do NOT take this trail: it leads to campsites and the river, which is where most of the occupants of the vehicles at the trailhead are ensconced. Instead, take the road bed up past the boulders blocking it. Youll pass above campsites above the Salmon River, always busy on...  Read More
LATOURELL FALLS
08/26/2016 | Corbett, Hiking, Recreation, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Just past Vista House along the old Historic Columbia River Highway, you can get to this family friendly hike to view the beautiful Latourell Falls. Only 2.4 miles round trip, this is a great stop if you are traveling along the Historic Highway in the Columbia River Gorge to view one of the many beautiful waterfalls this area is known for! Trail DescriptionBeginning from the trailhead from the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH), follow the trail uphill to the left of Latourell Falls (or sometimes referred to as the lower falls). At the falls, the lichen-covered columnar basalt formations around the falls steal the show. Continue to the Upper Falls after crossing several bridges and following Henderson Creek. Finally you'll...  Read More
MOSIER HIKE
08/23/2016 | Hiking, Hood River, Recreation, Waterfalls
Come on up to Mosier OR, just past Hood River, to climb and see Mosier Falls and the plateau above! This 3.5-mile loop is a great idea for a day trip with the family with beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge. enjoy the wildflowers and bird watching sights along the trail.Trail Highlights:Best time to hike is March through May, with the peak of the wildflowers being mid-to-late April. (Over 30 different flower species have been counted!)Best time to swim in Mosier Creek (local swimming hole) is July and August, when the water is the warmest.Best time for solitude is a full moon evening hike or a hazy day hike at dusk in the late summer or early fall.Best time...  Read More
LOST LAKE
08/18/2016 | Camping, Hood River, Lodging, Recreation
If you are looking for a place to go camping before the end of summer Lost Lake is a great place to go! Located near Hood River it is surrounded by so many fun things to do, from hiking and biking trails, to water sports perfect for summer, and Mt Hood a short drive away to enjoy the only place in the country that offers year round snow play! Whether you are pitching a tent, or camping in comfort in a cabin Lost Lake has something for you. With trails everywhere and the lake accessible this is a perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and just relax among nature. Lost Lake Resort offers148...  Read More
THEATER AT EDGEFIELD
08/18/2016 | Agritourism, Art, Brewery, Event, Food, Heritage, Lodging, Recreation, Shopping, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge, Winery
Sit back and enjoy a wonderful movie in the historical and beautiful Edgefield Theater. Comfy chairs, food and drink served before the movie starts all in a beautiful room surrounded by gorgeous murals and paintings. Come down to Edgefield for an excellent movie experience. About Edgefield TheaterWeve enhanced your movie-going at the Poor Farm! Enjoy new luxury movie rocker seats, online ticket purchase with reserved seating and food and table service starting 45 minutes before each showing!!Accommodations Our theater offers a quality entertainment experience for deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests. Our movie showings are closed captioned, and we offer individual Captiview closed caption devices that sit in your seats cupholder. In addition, we offer two types of...  Read More
MILO MCIVER STATE PARK
08/15/2016 | Biking, Camping, Hiking, Mt Hood Territory, Rafting, Recreation
Milo McIver State Park is a great spot outside of Estacada for all your outdoor adventures! From horseback riding and fishing to camping and hiking, even guided kayaking tours, whatever you what to do in the great outdoors this park as you covered! This small State Park is one of the many benefits of living in the Mt Hood-Columbia River Goge area; There is always something to do. Situated along the scenic Clackamas River, Milo McIver State Park is only 45 minutes from Portland. This beautiful park provides a variety of outstanding recreational opportunities.Within this little-known gem, you can spend a day or a week exploring the river, forest and fields. River-lovers can challenge the sometimes wild (but always picturesque)...  Read More
STAND UP PADDLING
08/12/2016 | Hood River, Rafting, Recreation, Sailing, Waterplay, Windsurfing
Stand Up Paddling is gaining popularity especially here in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Now, these kinds of sports do have a bit of a steep learning curve so it's advised to plan on a few lessons so you can see far more progress. Having said that, Stand Up Paddling can be a great and fun family or group activity! Big Winds in Hood River offers a variety of lessons for Stand Up Paddling. ZERO TO HERO LESSON1 hour lesson, 30 minutes of practice, $49Learn the basics and be up and paddling in no time. Suitable for the whole family.Prerequisites: swimming ability; minimum age: 12 years.Instruction Includes:Site and weather orientationIntroduction to equipmentSafetyProper paddle usageGetting started: launchingKnee paddlingStand up paddlingBoard maneuversDeep...  Read More
BLUE LAKE PARK
08/10/2016 | Fairview, Recreation, West Columbia River Gorge
Blue Lake Park is located in Fairview and is a great summer stop! Blue Lake offers a wide variety of activities, like relaxing on the beach, swimming in the lake, running around playing disc golf, fishing, and even a spray water park for the little ones! You can have a picnic or host events and get-togethers at the park too!Know when you goOpen from 8 a.m. to legal sunset.Parking fee is $5 per car, $7 per bus (free with annual pass).Closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's.Children under 5 years are not allowed in the lake, but there is a water play area for all ages.Much of the park is wheelchair accessible, including the parking areas, restrooms, fishing dock, picnic...  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
BEAUTIFUL MULTNOMAH
08/05/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Come see the view from the top of the mighty Multnomah Falls! This 2.6-mile hike takes you up switchbacks that give you beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge all the way up to the 620 ft drop that is the beautiful Multnomah Falls! This waterfall is steeped in history as it is the crown jewel along the Columbia River Highway.HistoryLumber baron and philanthropist Simon Benson donated the land that the falls sit upon and funded the construction of the iconic Benson Bridge in front of Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon and the Columbia Gorge's most recognizable natural landmark. Benson's generosity later helped citizens work with timber companies in the 1940s and 1950s to secure protection of...  Read More
ZIP LINE ADVENTURE!
08/02/2016 | Government Camp, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation
Come to the mountain for a zip lining adventure, at Mt. Hood Adventure Park! Mt. Hood offers 365 days of fun whether it's sunny summer or snowy winter! Fly through 800 ft. of air for an exhilarating trip and a beautiful view!800' Long Zip LinesHarness in and step up to the three-story tower and departure point for the 800 long Zip Lines. Well lock you in and send you flying over the top of the park while you flip, twist, swing, or just hold on tight. High above the ground youll have a beautiful view of Mt. Hood and the Mt. Hood National Forest.Learn more about zip lining at Mt. Hood Adventure Park at: www.skibowl.com/summer/mt-hood-activities/zip-line-portlandDiscover more attractions, events and activities...  Read More
DRY CREEK FALLS
08/01/2016 | Cascade Locks, Hiking, Hood River, Recreation, Waterfalls
If you are looking for something to do this summer, The Columbia River Gorge is chock full of beautiful hikes brimming with waterfalls. One of them, Dry Creek Falls, is a great easy hike. 4.5 miles and featuring beautiful Dry Creek Falls, you do need a NW Forest Path to get to it, but it's worth every step.An out and back hike along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) that begins in Cascade Locks and meanders through beautiful forest to Herman Creek. Dry Creek Falls is a beautiful waterfall that often gets overlooked by hikers. The trail is straight forward, although finding the trailhead from the parking area can be tricky. To access the trailhead, cross the road that leads to...  Read More
MOUNTAIN STAR PARTY
07/25/2016 | Event, Government Camp, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation, Villages of Mt. Hood
Come bring your little (or big) astronomer to Timberline at Mt Hood Saturday, August 6th, for the Star Party put on by Timberline and US Forest Service. Starting at 8 pm, the party will take place in the Salmon River Parking Lot east of the Lodge. Come enjoy a beautiful night of stargazing and learning!Astronomy Professor Dr. Todd Duncan of the Science Integration Institute, along with a number of amateur astronomers, will provide telescopes for the public to view the Moon, Saturn, ancient star clusters, galaxies, dying stars, and the center of our Milky Way galaxy from an elevation of 6,000 feet on the southern slope of Mount Hood.Throughout the night, astronomers will answer questions from the public during this...  Read More
ADVENTURE SLIDE
07/22/2016 | Government Camp, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation
Come up to Mt Hood Adventure Park for the exciting Alpine Slide! 1/2 mile of exciting turns and beautiful views of the mountainside. Great for parties and families come to the mountain and experience adventure!The Pacific Northwests only ˝ Mile Dual Alpine Slide, this major attraction sends you flying down a half mile track of twists and turns through mountain meadows before dropping you back off in the base area of Skibowl West. Two side-by-side tracks let you ride alongside family and friends as you take banked turns, S-curves and hairpin thrills at the speed of your choice.Start with a leisurely trip up the mountain on the Scenic Sky Chairs, and then prepare for a roller coaster ride down the...  Read More
SUNSET HORSE RIDE
07/15/2016 | Agritourism, Hood River, Recreation, Transportation
Have you ever wanted to go horse back riding How about along trails that let you see the beautiful mountains of the Cascades as the sun sets, spectacular colors everywhere Double Mountain Horse Ranch offers guided horse rides to view the many beautiful parts of the Gorge.View the glory of the skys ever changing color mirrored on the snowy tops of both Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Engage all of your senses as shadows grow long. This ride takes the same route as the Hood River Fruit Loop ride or on hot evenings the Above the Colombia River Gorge ride. Well tell you the days location on your reservation. Bring your Apres-ride refreshments, hang out and watch the...  Read More
RIVERFRONT TRAIL
07/08/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, The Dalles
If you are looking for a nice scenic riverfront hike then look no further. The Dalles Riverfront trail offers a family friendly stroll along the beautiful Columbia River, with beautiful views of the surrounding hills and landscapes.Trail Details Type: Out and back Distance: 3 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 200 feet Difficulty: Easy Family Friendly Family Friendly: Yes Restrooms Restrooms: Yes Trailhead Pass Trailhead Pass: NoTrail Description This easy trail starts at the Discovery Center in The Dalles and meanders along the Columbia River. The area has plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities.Learn more about this hike and where it starts at: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/the-dalles-riverfront-trail.htmlDiscover more attractions, events and activities you wont want to miss-out on while visiting The Dalles. Dont forget to...  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
CAMPING AT OXBOW
06/29/2016 | Camping, Recreation, West Columbia River Gorge
Oxbow Regional Park is a great place to camp and set up a base while you explore the many wonders, trails and waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge or you can explore the park itself. With accommodation for RV's, enough space for 6 people in a campsite and even music and story times on Friday and Saturday nights in the summer, Oxbow campgrounds are a great place to stay.Leave the digital life behind and wake up to nature at Oxbow Regional Park. Hike 12 miles of trails, put in at the boat ramp, watch salmon spawn, cast a line, or track the trails of overnight visitors to the rivers sandy beaches.Facilities57 drive-up campsites with picnic table, fire pit, cooking grill...  Read More
SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP
06/29/2016 | Hood River, Recreation, Sailing, Windsurfing
This summer the RS Aero Class is returning to the Columbia River Gorge for the 2016 Aero US National Championship. Whether you sail yourself and want to join or just want to watch, come on down on August 10th-14th and check out 30 or more boats racing on the Columbia River. The Gorge is North America's answer to Europe's Lake Garda, with the thermal breeze accelerating as it compresses through the mountainous Gorge. However, the river current provides a conveyor belt ride back upwind and creates interesting swells to catch downwind adding a whole new dimension to the enjoyment, excitement and race strategies! August 13th-14th sees the main event, the RS Aero National Championships. Organizers...  Read More
BEST ROAD TRIP
06/22/2016 | Recreation, Road Trip, West Columbia River Gorge
If you're ready for the best road trip in the United States then pack your bags and head to Oregon. WalletHub rated each of the 50 states in the following major categories: driving & lodging costs, road conditions & safety, and fun & scenic attractions. With aggregated data from sources including the National Park Service, FBI, and TripAdvisor, Oregon was declared the first place winner for Best Road Trip! It's no surprise to anyone who has traveled on Oregon's Historic Columbia River Highway that you couldn't find a road trip better than along the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge.At the Oregon Tourism Commission, also known as Travel Oregon, global communications director Linea Gagliano said she absolutely agrees with WalletHub's assessment. "Oregon...  Read More
RAFTING FUN!
06/22/2016 | Rafting, Recreation, Sandy, West Columbia River Gorge
White water rafting is an absolute blast and the Columbia River Gorge offers so many rivers and streams perfect for it. Enjoy racing down canyons and rivers, and feel your heart race on natures roller coaster. River Drifters offers all the equipment you will need and has many different options on which rides will be right for your experience level. Sandy River is one of the many places to go white water rafting in the Columbia River Gorge area.About the Sandy Gorge River RaftingThe Sandy Gorge is probably one of the best kept secrets on Portlands doorstep. This run is truly the closest rafting to Portland. Nestled just off of HWY 26 near Sandy, lies one of the most beautiful...  Read More
MCCORD CREEK FALLS
06/22/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Upper McCord Creek Falls is a beautiful double waterfall well worth the hike. Featuring beautiful views of The Gorge and Mt Adams, this family friendly hike is a great idea for a day trip in The Gorge.This hike begins at the same location as the Nesmith Point and Elowah hikes. Follow trail #400 along an abandoned road and up a steep incline, where you will come across a junction. Bear right and follow the trail uphill toward McCord Creek Falls. After a few switchbacks, the view will open up to great vistas of the Gorge and Mt. Adams. The trail is cut into the wall and has railings for safety. You will see Elowah Falls from the top, just before...  Read More
SNOW PLAY
06/22/2016 | Mt Hood Territory, Recreation, Skiing, Snowboading
Standing tall at 11,250 feet, Mt Hood is a beautiful sight to behold; And even more fun to ski down. Offering one of the longest ski seasons in the country, come cool off at the many fun snow activities Mt Hood offers, whether you are going solo, or are with the whole family. From skiing ans snowboarding down the mountain in summer, even tubing at night down ramps lit up by colorful lights, Mt Hood makes sure you are never bored.The Mountain is a jolly good place to play in the winter for families and extreme adventurers alike. Ski, snowboard, go snowmobiling, trek on snowshoe, cross country ski. Treat the kids to tubing, sledding, snowball fights and hot chocolate. Build...  Read More
DRIVE THROUGH HISTORY
06/22/2016 | Biking, Event, Hiking, Mosier, Recreation, The Dalles, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
The Historic Colombia River Highway is turning 100 this year and it is a great way to view the majestic and breath taking beauty of the Gorge carved by floods thousands of years ago, as well as the peaceful greenery you will travel through. If you are looking for a place to take a road trip, this is a must. Basalt cliffs, river fronts, waterfalls, and hikes galore, and not to mention the beautiful Vista House. Connecting Troutdale to The Dalles, The Columbia River Historic Highway is a must to see.Troutdale and the Sandy:To begin your journey from Portland, take Interstate 84 east to exit 17. Follow the signs through the quaint town of Troutdale, where you can visit...  Read More
TIMBERLINE LODGE
06/22/2016 | Heritage, Lodging, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation, Skiing
Timberline Lodge is one of the Historic Hotel's of America, has been in The Shining, and offers access to the only ski area in North America open all 12 months. Come stay in our cozy rooms, explore the history of this hotel built during the depression in our museum, and enjoy our amenities like a heated pool, sauna, and hot tub. Timberline Lodge is beautiful inside and out with murals, woodcarvings, and spectacular views of both the top of the mountain and what will feel like the rest of the world. We offer many different styles of rooms to fit your needs and budget.Think Timberline Lodge is cool Just wait until you see your room. Warm, comfortable and inviting....  Read More
TAMANAWAS FALLS
06/22/2016 | Government Camp, Hiking, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation, Waterfalls
Come enjoy the beautiful views of hiking Mt Hood, and climb the trail leading to Tamanawas Falls. Cross log bridges, follow creeks and enjoy the beautiful forestry surrounding the mountain. There are basically two approaches to Tamanawas Falls. This hike begins at the Tamanawas Falls Trail head along highway 35. After crossing the East Fork of the Hood River, turn right on Trail #650 and follow the river for about a half mile. Then the trail takes a sharp left turn on the point of a cliff with a great view and heads into the Cold Spring Creek Canyon. Soon you intersect Trail #650A which is directly ahead of you as Trail #650 makes a sharp right and continues on...  Read More
SOROSIS PARK
06/22/2016 | Recreation, The Dalles
Sorosis Park is a blink and you'll miss it place, but this is one park you don't want to miss. Sitting on top of a hill that overlooks a gorgeous view of the Columbia Gorge, it is 15 acres of space filled with everything from tennis courts, Frisbee golf and even a huge playground with a dragon on it! This 15-acre park is the largest in The Dalles, and includes picnic area, playground, rose gardens, tennis court, frisbee golf, and walking trail. The Veterans Memorial is on the overlook point. The park was founded by the Sorosis Club, an early-day national womens group. The local chapter also founded City Park, the Carnegie Library, and saved Fort Dalles Surgeon's Quarters from...  Read More
WINDSURFING
06/22/2016 | Hood River, Recreation, Windsurfing
Known internationally as the windsurfing capital of the world, Hood River's prime windsurfing season has just kicked off. Come enjoy, sun and swells at the best place to windsurf in the world, whether you've never touched a sail, or if you are a veteran, we have something for you. Here are a some frequently asked questions to get you started on your adventure.When is the windiest season While many locals windsurf year round in the Gorge, the most reliable (and warmest) wind is from June through September.Which airport do I fly into Portland International Airport (PDX). From there, take 205S to 84E, and 60 miles later youll be at Hood River.What is the weather like in the summer Summer...  Read More
BUS TO MULTNOMAH
06/22/2016 | Event, Recreation, Transportation, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
To the east of Portland in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, is a waterfall that draws crowds all year round: Multnomah Falls. The highest waterfall in Oregon it is one of the most visited natural attractions in Oregon. Surrounded by greenery, history and tons of hikes all with spectacular views it's not a wonder why. This year marks not only the 100th anniversary of the highway that runs in front of it, but also the start of something new. Starting this summer a shuttle bus program that will take riders round trip from Portland to Rooster Rock Park and then to Multnomah Falls. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation kicks off a summer shuttle bus program next week, offering...  Read More
BIKE THE GORGE
06/22/2016 | Biking, Event, Mosier, Recreation, The Dalles
Take in the Gorge in a way you might not have seen it before: On your bike! On June 18th, 2016 Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway is hosting their 10th annual Gorge Ride fundraising event. Come pedal along the Historic Columbia River Highway state trail while stopping to enjoy spectacular views and tasty snacks at rest stops along the way. Whether youre a serious cyclists or a causal bike rider, this event is meant to be a day that is fun for all:Bicyclists will again ride on the Historic Columbia River Highway from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles to the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail in Mosier, and will then continue on to...  Read More
ELOWAH FALLS
06/22/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
A quick hike with a big reward, the Elowah Falls trail is one of the best short day hikes in the Gorge. The 1.6 mile out-and-back hike drops you at the base of the Elowah Falls, an elegant, 200-foot falls that cascades over a cliff decorated with patches of yellow-green lichen. If you are looking to continue on your journey, take the nearby trail to Upper McCord Creek Falls to behold the remarkable double-falls.Ready to hike Follow these directions to reach the trail head:Elowah Falls Trailhead: Located near Warrendale in the Columbia River Gorge. Driving east from Portland along I-84, exit the freeway at the Dodson exit (also signed for the Scenic Highway). Just after exiting the freeway, turn...  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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