We all have dreamt about adventuring off to the 7 Wonders of the World, but it’s not so easy to drop everything and run off to another country. Well, we’ve got a secret for you. Oregon has 7 wonders of its own and it’s much easier to plan a visit to.
Located at the north end of the Oregon Cascades, just east of Portland, you will find Mount Hood, Oregon’s highest peak, the most well-known of the Cascade’s mountains, and one of Oregon’s 7 Wonders.
In the words of John Muir, “…There stood Mount Hood in all the glory of the alpenglow, looming immensely high, beaming with intelligence, and so impressive that one was overawed as if suddenly brought before some superior being newly arrived from the sky.” … “The whole mountain appeared as one glorious manifestation of divine power, enthusiastic and benevolent, glowing like a countenance with ineffable repose and beauty, before which we could only gaze in devout and lowly admiration.”
Live life outdoors, from the mountains to the rivers. This is the home of explorers, filled with endless possibilities.
Indulge in all that Mount Hood offers. Surround yourself in Mount Hood’s 13 glaciers and shred some powder on the slopes. Take your adrenaline to the next level on epic flow-based single-track trails. Raft, kayak, or float among one of the many rivers or lakes. Let your taste buds dance to the taste of wine as you stroll through the countryside, home to wineries galore. Frolic through picturesque fields of flowers. And for our foodies, please your palate with a six-course dinner or experience a meal from farm-to-table and learn about where the food is sourced and ventured.
As you can see, there is a little bit of everything for everyone. And of course, it doesn’t stop there. We’ve gathered lists of places to eat, things to do/see, and stay.
Majestic Mount Hood attracts adventure-seekers with an unparalleled array of outdoor attractions. Make sure you take in all the delicious cuisines offered around Mt. Hood and don’t leave home on an empty stomach. This dining guide dishes on where to fuel up with jelly donuts and huckleberry pancakes, lunch at rustic mid-mountain huts and relax with large pizzas and local pints après-ski. VIEW MORE
If you’re not a foodie coming to sample all the delicious cuisines that Mount Hood has to offer, then we can only assume you’re an adrenaline junky or admirer of sights.
Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway
This is a 70-mile drive along one of North America’s grandest rivers, the Columbia is at its finest as it rolls through the Columbia River Gorge, framed by sheer walls of basalt, cloaked in firs and ferns and rare endemic plants, accented with waterfall after crashing waterfall.
The Fruit Loop
All around Mount Hood, you’ll find farms galore. The Hood River County Fruit Loop boasts thousands of acres of orchards, wines, lavender and wildflowers.
Mount Hood is home to beautiful alpine lakes, each offering its own unique view of the mountain. The Alpine Lakes include, Elk Lake, Lost Lake, Ice Lake, Waldo Lake, Crater Lake, Todd Lake, Sparks Lake, Summit Lake, and Anthony Lake. Each of these lakes offers great hikes and great views.
With six ski areas, Mt. Hood easily becomes your base camp for skiing. It’s also home to some of the only year-round skiing anywhere, which is why you’ll often find Olympians here training during the summer.
Mt. Hood National Forest offers a huge variety of world-class recreational activities with opportunities for everyone. Continuously enjoy the forest and stay in one of the many developed campgrounds. VIEW MORE