There are many outdoor activities for Mt Hood family fun, from hiking and skiing to fine dining, birdwatching, fly-fishing, picnics and festivals. For more detailed information about hiking trails, waterfalls, skiing and other exiciting Mt. Hood activities, visit Mt. Hood magazine and mt. Hood Information Center.
Climbing Mt. Hood is second only to Mt. Fuji, Japan in frequency. The Adventure Park and Alpine Slide operates in the summers at Ski Bowl with fun for the whole family.
There are 27 holes of golf with expansive views of the surrounding hills at the Three Nines open year-round at the Resort at the Mountain or Mountain Air Mini Golf for the young and young-at-heart is open April through September.
Fly Fishing is a popular late spring, summer and fall activity. Trillium Lake, Lost lake, Timothy Lake, Clear Lake and Frog Lake are stocked for fishing or you can fish for steelhead on the lower Sandy River. Visit FlyFishUSA.com for more information about flyfishing in the area. Please remember to check out Oregon Fishing Regulations for limits and open dates. You can fish at Rainbow Trout Farm for a guaranteed catch March through October.
Bring your boat or rent a kayak and have it delivered to one of the lakes to go paddling for a day, enjoy the views and relax in peace. Timothy Lake allows motorized boats or drive to Cascade Locks and from there you can take a ride in the Sternwheeler up the Columbia River to see the sites.
Whitewater and River Rafting on the Clackamas, White Salmon and Deschutes Rivers are an hour to and hour and a half away and can be arranged with an outfitter.
For history buffs visit the local sites along the Barlow Trail, visit the Mt. Hood Museum and Cultural Center, take a guided tour of historic Timberline Lodge or visit Warm Springs Museum on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
Touring the Area
While you’re staying at Mt. Hood Cabins, you can ride the rails from Hood River to Parkdale on the scenic Mt. Hood Railroad.
You can take a driving tour of the Barlow Trail to see Oregon Trail sites and the Mt. Hood Scenic Loop to see Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge (including Multnomah Falls and Bonneville Dam) make good day-trips. We havea driving tour CD featureing the Barlow Trail available to purchase or borrow.
There are many Mountain Bike trails in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Our sports sotrage lockers are a great place to park your bike.
Hiking is a favored spring and fall activity with a large variety of trails to choose from. Don’t forget to check out our seasonal Hiking Packaage to save during yoru staying at Mt. Hood Cabins. Remember a Mt. hood Forest Pass is needed to park at trail heads. Contact Zigzag Rnager District at 503-622-3191 or visit www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/ for more information.
You can hike the trail around Trillium Lake and feast on the awesome views of Mt. Hood and its reflection in the lake, hike up to Mirror Lake and past to Tom, Dick and Harry Ridge for a view of Govermnet Camp and to pick wild huckleberries late in the summer, or meander the Lower Salmon Ricker Trail in an old growth forest with the sound of the rushing river.