Places to Visit: Mount Hood

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Mount Hood

The tallest mountain in Oregon at a height of 11,237 feet is Mount Hood. This spectacular mountain is located a mere forty-five miles southeast of Portland and only a couple hours drive north of Bend, Oregon. Mount Hood and the surrounding area are popular with skiers, hikers, and mountain climbers.

Mount Hood is the home to four difference ski areas, including the historic Timberline Lodge. The area offers the longest ski season and the country's largest night skiing area.
In addition to recreation, Mount Hood is a valuable resource for agriculture, which thrives in its shadow in the Hood River Valley.

The run off from the volcanic slopes of the mountain provides nutrients to the soils in the valleys below. In these valleys, you will find delicious apricots, blueberries, pears and apples. There are even excellent grapes for wine making.

The scenery in and around Mount Hood is unlike any other. The area known as Mount Hood Territory has fresh air, and changing colors with the seasons. Grab your family and/or friends and take a side trip to Mount Hood while visiting Central Oregon, or make it a part of your travel plans as you head to or leave Bend and the surrounding area.

Take advantage of the many outdoor activities including hiking, biking, fishing, golf and much much more. Special events allow you to enjoy the music and culture of the area as well as taste the flavors of each season. Travel in your car along the backcountry roads and enjoy the roadside fruit and vegetable stands during the fall. There is also diverse lodging available. Plan to spend some time in Mount Hood Territory and you will be glad you did.