Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Blog - Mt. Hood

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
MT HOOD ORGANIC FARMS
08/16/2016 | Agritourism, Food, Hood River, Mt. Hood, Odell, Parkdale
In the Hood River area south of Parkdale and Odell nestled in the hills of Mt Hood there is a family-owned organic farm. Mt Hood Organic Farms has been under the ownership of Brady and John Jacobson since 1981 who believe in sustainable farming techniques. They were in fact part of the original group that started the Fruit Loop in the Hood River area that celebrates local farms in the area.First and foremost, Mt. Hood Organic Farms is a family run farm, operated by Brady and John Jacobson, which just happens to be situated in a stunningly beautiful location at the base of Mt. Hood in the Upper Hood River Valley. The valley supplies about 30% of all the winter...  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
MT HOOD QUILT SHOW
07/11/2016 | Art, Event, Heritage, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Rhododendron, Villages of Mt. Hood
This year marks the 19th Annual Mt Hood Oregon Trail Quilt Show which will take a look at the past and present of quilt making styles. Learn about the different styles settlers had for quilt making while comparing them to modern day contemporary styles. This event will be free admission and the exhibit will take place in the historic Village of Rhododendron on July 16-17th noon to 5pm.The heritage of our quilting traditions is celebrated in this two-day event. Held in the Village of Rhododendron during the month of July, this special event brings together heritage quilts of the past --such as those dating back to the days of the Oregon Trail,hand-sewn by those who made the 2,000-plus mile journey...  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
LAVENDER DAZE
06/22/2016 | Agritourism, Event, Hood River, Mt. Hood
Join us July 2nd-3rd For the 12th annual Lavender Daze Festival at Mt. Hood Lavender Farm! Live music, tons of activities for the kids and beautiful views of the lavender fields against Oregon countryside, it is the perfect way to spend a weekend! Saturday: 10am-5pmSunday: 10am-5pmLive Music Saturday 10:00-Noon Jess Clemons & Anderson Gould 12:30-2:30 Moe Dixon 3:00-5:00 Bonneville Power TrioSunday 10:30-Noon Alonzo Garbonzo 12:30-2:30 Kay Floria and Randy Bell 3:00-5:00 Wasco BrothersDE LA HI BBQ Local WinesLadybug release party & Children's ActivitiesbyTeacher Janet at Our Children's Place"Kids, help us release beneficial Ladybugs into our wildflower garden!"(Check in with Teacher Janet when you arrive and sign up for the Ladybug Release, it will be going on both days, several times...  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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