MT. HOOD TERRITORY
Estacada · Sandy · Villages of Mt. Hood · Government Camp
There are few more powerful symbols in Oregon than Mt. Hood. At 11,245 feet, Mt. Hood is the highest point in Oregon and the fourth highest peak in the Cascade Range. It is the second most climbed glaciated mountain in the world, after Mt. Fuji in Japan. From Portland, Sandy, Hood River and The Dalles, Mt. Hood hovers dreamlike in the distance, a postcard of alpine symmetry. Year-round recreation for all skill levels stretches from the mountain to the rivers, lakes and trails throughout the Mt. Hood Territory.
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BIKE: Ride over 15 miles of action-packed mountain bike trails for all skill levels on the Sandy Ridge Trail System.
MUSEUM + HISTORY: Learn about the thousands of pioneers that settled in the area in the mid-1800s at the Sandy Historical Society Museum. • Travel back in time at Philip Foster Farm and experience this hands-on, living history museum about a local pioneer family.
SCENIC DRIVE + HISTORY: Take a trip to the Barlow Road/West Barlow Tollgate, a historic road built in 1846, which served as the last segment of the Oregon Trail.
VIEWPOINTS: Visit Jonsrud Viewpoint for one of the best views of Mt. Hood and the Sandy River Valley.
WATER PLAY: Rent a kayak, stand-up paddleboard or take a guided tour on the beautiful Clackamas River.
Mt. Hood is one of the crown jewels of this region and is popular with skiers, hikers and climbers. The mountain receives an average of 430 inches of snow each year, and is home to North America’s longest ski and snowboard season.
Timberline Lodge & Ski Area
Timberline Lodge is a National Historic Landmark and one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions. The hand-hewn building was built in 1937 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It is a prime example of Cascadian architecture and is most famous for serving as the Overlook Hotel, in the well-known movie, The Shining. Timberline Lodge & Ski Area sits at the 6,000-foot level of Mt. Hood, offering four-season skiing and a new summer mountain bike park.
Mt. Hood Skibowl
Mt. Hood Skibowl provides year-round recreation. In addition to its ski area, Skibowl comes alive in the winter with the world’s only Cosmic Tubing. In the summer their Adventure Park includes an alpine slide, zipline, tree top action zone and interpretive trails to discover on foot or horseback. Mt. Hood Skibowl also offers 1,500 vertical feet of lift assisted mountain biking.
Wildwood Recreation Site
The Wildwood Recreation Site, in Mt. Hood Territory, is a unique 580-acre day use site with over five miles of interpretive trails meandering through woods along the Salmon River. Don’t miss the Cascade Streamwatch Trail, where you can get an underwater “fish-eye” view of this famous salmon habitat.
The view of Mt. Hood from Trillium Lake in the Cascade Range is definitely a photographer’s dream. Boating, swimming, camping and fishing are popular on the 63-acre lake in spring, summer and fall. During winter, head out there for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
Milo McIver State Park
Take in the beauty of the Clackamas River at Milo McIver State Park. This state park features a boat launch, fishing dock, disc golf course, 14 miles of hiking and horseback trails and both day use and camping areas. Learn about the area’s wildlife at the Clackamas Fish Hatchery or wildlife interpretive trail.
Mt. Hood Scenic Byway
Mt. Hood, crowned one of Oregon’s 7 Wonders, is a powerful symbol for the Pacific Northwest. The now-dormant volcano is believed to have been formed 11 to 14 million years ago and is home to 12 glaciers and the source for five rivers that run into the Columbia. The Mt. Hood Scenic Byway is a majestic route around the edge of this iconic landmark, exposing travelers to some of the state’s most stunning scenery and sought after recreation destinations. The byway encompasses Hwy 35, Hwy 26 and from Sandy on to Wood Village.
West Cascades Scenic Byway
The West Cascades mountain range bursts with lush old-growth forest scenery, mountain lakes and rushing rivers. This 215-mile byway takes travelers along the canyon of the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River, which offers rafters and kayakers the closest whitewater to Portland. The route begins in Estacada and parallels the bike-friendly Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway route to Detroit, then continues on toward Oakridge.