Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: Twin Tunnels Segment
This five-mile trail section of the Historic Highway— which is closed to vehicles— starts in Hood River at the Mark O. Hatfield West trailhead and features amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge, plus passage through a double tunnel, on the way to the small town of Mosier.
Hood River Waterfront
The vibrant Hood River Waterfront Park is located on Portway Avenue on the banks of the Columbia River. There are walking paths, a sandy beach and swimming area (no lifeguards), picnic shelters, restrooms, grassy areas and a natural playground and climbing wall. The waterfront area also features a locally-owned brew pub, restaurant, coffee shop and distillery. Kiteboarders, windsurfers and stand-up paddlers come from all over the world to play on the Columbia River. The Event Site is a great spot for watching the activity on the river. There is a $8 day use fee.
Historic Downtown Hood River
Hood River’s downtown historic district has more than 40 civic and commercial buildings dating from 1893 to the 1930s, some of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The City of Hood River publishes a free self-guided walking tour that will take you on a tour of the downtown area.
At Panorama Point, visitors can see the entire Hood River Valley. The view features more than 15,000 acres of orchards and vineyards, and the fruit trees in bloom in spring offer a photo opportunity not to be missed. Located three miles south of Hood River on Hwy 35. Follow signs.
Hood River County Fruit Loop
The fertile Hood River Valley, in Central Gorge Oregon, is home to numerous small, family-run fruit orchards, offering visitors luscious apples, pears, cherries, peaches, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. One of the best ways to experience this fresh fruit paradise is to take the 35-mile scenic drive along the Hood River Valley Fruit Loop. Many of the orchards offer u-pick opportunities. Make sure to call ahead to check out availability. Celebrate the harvest of fruit at the many scheduled events in the Columbia River Gorge.
Cloud Cap Inn
Built in 1889, the Cloud Cap Inn stands 6,000 feet and is located on the eastern slope of Mt. Hood. Cloud Cap Inn originated as an elite mountain retreat and is now a search and rescue base for the Hood River Crag Rats, the oldest search and rescue organization in the United States. Cloud Cap Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and free interpretive tours are available.
Lost Lake’s awesome beauty with classic views of Mt. Hood offers an ideal getaway for families. Great recreational opportunities including hiking, swimming, boating and camping.
Ski Areas on Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood has five ski areas: Timberline, Mt. Hood Meadows, Skibowl, Cooper Spur and Timberline Summit Pass Ski Area. They total over 4,600 miles of skiable terrain. Timberline offers the longest lift-service skiing in North America.