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Mt. Hood Tours

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Mt. Hood
Just outside of Portland, Mt. Hood stands at a majestic 11,249 feet (3,429 meters), making it Oregon’s tallest mountain. The dormant volcano often has steam rising from its fumaroles, adding to the serenity of the surrounding vista. Adventure-seekers who opt to climb the mountain all the way to its summit are rewarded with 12 glaciers at the peak—plus stunning views of the Cascade mountain range, and the valleys and cities below.

The Basics
Mt. Hood offers a range of activities, including hiking, fishing, camping, and skiing. There are more than 1,200 miles (1,931 kilometers) of hiking trails in Mt. Hood National Forest, with options ranging from beginner to expert. You can also discover waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, and experience the region’s lakes, woodland, and wildlife. The most famous of all the lodges on Mt. Hood is the Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark that’s home to the only year-round ski season in North America—and whose exterior was made famous as the notorious hotel in the 1980 film The Shining.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Mt. Hood is well suited for outdoorsy travelers.
  • Pack water, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes for your visit.
  • Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the Columbia River Gorge across more than 60 miles (97 kilometers) of forested mountains, lakes, and streams to Olallie Scenic Area—a high lake basin under the slopes of Mt. Jefferson.
  • There are six ski areas on Mt. Hood, one of which (Timberline Lodge) has lift service year-round.

How to Get There
Mt. Hood is located about 50 miles (81 kilometers) east of most downtown Portland hotels. Shuttle buses make the journey, but the most efficient way to travel there is by car. Driving to Timberline Lodge from Portland takes a bit fewer than two hours.

When to Get There
Mt. Hood has something to offer outdoors aficionados at all times of the year. While skiing and snowboarding at Timberline Lodge are certainly better in the winter, it’s fun to hit the slopes during the summer months, too. For mountain climbers, April through mid-June are generally regarded as the safest times to make the ascent up Mt. Hood, as there is less chance of an avalanche or a rockfall. The historic Columbia River and Hood River are great places to swim, hike, and windsurf in summer.
 
Summiting Mt. Hood 
Mt. Hood is the second-most climbed mountain in the world, with over 10,000 people summiting each year. This adventure is not for the faint of heart (or the poorly prepared)—even the “easiest” climb from Timberline Lodge is still very technical, and crampons, ice axes, ropes, and climbing gear are necessary year-round. Typically the round-trip climb takes eight to 10 hours.
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7 Tours and Activities to Experience Mt. Hood

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Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River

Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River

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Immerse yourself in the beauty of Columbia River Gorge on this full-day trip from Portland to Mount Hood! With your small group, take a guided tour of such iconic Oregon destinations as Multnomah Falls and the famous Timberline Lodge, and enjoy lunch in the charming city of Hood River.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$105.00
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$105.00
Price varies by group size
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Full-Day Mt Hood Waterfall Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting

Full-Day Mt Hood Waterfall Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Mt. Hood is the highest summit in Oregon, and the fourth highest in the Cascades. It features waterfalls, glaciers, and historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression, and featuring the longest ski season in the US. To the north of Mt. Hood is the Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge American Viticultural Area (AVA), the lovechild of the Columbia Valley and Willamette Valley AVAs. You will get intimate with this area through a visit to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, wine tasting, and a stop at Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon. Your expert guide, with formal background in ecology, natural resources, and wine, will teach you about the natural history, cultural history, and wine background of the area, as you drive the the Mt. Hood and Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byways. The guide will feel out the group’s tastes in choosing 2 wineries. We cover farm-to-table lunch, you cover tasting fees.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.00
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$140.00
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The Hood-Columbia Loop: Timberline, Orchards, and Waterfalls

The Hood-Columbia Loop: Timberline, Orchards, and Waterfalls

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Mt. Hood is the highest summit in Oregon, and the fourth highest in the Cascades. It features waterfalls, glaciers, and historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression, and featuring the longest ski season in the US. To the north of Mt. Hood is the Hood River Valley. You will get intimate with this area through a visit to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, fruit stands in the Hood River Valley, downtown Hood River (your opportunity for lunch and/or alcoholic beverages), and breathtaking stops in the eastern and western Columbia River Gorge (Multnomah Falls included). Your expert guide, with formal background in ecology and natural resources, will teach you about the natural and cultural history of the area, as you drive the Mt. Hood and Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byways. Maximum group size of 11. Pickup and drop-off at your hotel.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$115.00
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$115.00
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Private - Mt Hood & Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour From Portland

Private - Mt Hood & Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour From Portland

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Join an intimate, Oregonian-led Private tour of the Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood with Portland, Oregon's original tour and adventure company. Your seasoned, local guide will take you on a full day adventure exploring the Pacific Northwest's most breathtaking views, waterfalls and Oregon's highest volcano. From the Vista House to Multnomah Falls and the Bonneville Dam you'll experience the awesome beauty of the Columbia River Gorge . After grabbing lunch, a glass of wine, or some fresh fruit in Hood River Valley - windsurfing capital of the world,  you’ll be guided up the east side of Mt Hood National Forest to the Historic Timberline Lodge, 6000ft on the south side of Mt Hood.  Unlike other companies, Sea to Summit does not skip anything...This tour is historically, geographically informative, and extremely scenic so don't forget your camera! Sea to Summit operates tours in the nicest and most comfortable, custom equipped 4x4 Mercedes Benz vehicles in Portland's tour industry!
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  • 9 hours
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$517.63
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$517.63
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Exclusive Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge Air Tour

Exclusive Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge Air Tour

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** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS VERY WEATHER DEPENDENT AND MAY RESULT IN AN ALTERNATE ROUTING** This air tour is a summer favorite for people visiting Portland. We’ll fly you along the Sandy River up toward Mt. Hood, over the Mt. Hood National Forest with terrific views of the mountain on your right heading north toward the Columbia River Gorge. We will descend into the gorge with stunning views of the mountain and the length of the gorge toward Portland. We will fly past Multnomah Falls and other Gorge highlights rounding it all out for a private Columbia River Gorge tour to remember. This tour is truly a beauty and will permit countless photographic memories.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$256.34
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$256.34
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1-Hour Private Air Tour of Mount Hood and Columbia Gorge

1-Hour Private Air Tour of Mount Hood and Columbia Gorge

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Experience Oregon from the sky with this aerial tour above some of the state’s most dramatic scenery. This flight for up to three people will take you above the Columbia Gorge, over the Mt. Hood National Forest and back. Note that prices are for the entire plane ride, so bring a couple friends and make a day of it.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$429.75
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$429.75
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E-bike in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorges

E-bike in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorges

The Columbia River Gorge is a magical place with mountain views, waterfalls, rivers, streams, mossy trees and beautiful smells and an electric bike and your feet will unlock them all, while also getting you off the beaten path. Megan has over 10 years of professional bike touring experience that leaves people with memories, happy stomachs and new friends. She will customize the tour to any age, ability level and dietary need.
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  • 6 days
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$1,900.00
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$1,900.00

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