Celebrating the Holidays Apart but Together
Posted by Tiffany Quillan | Thursday, November 5, 2020

Statewide lockdowns led many of us to miss spring weddings, Easter gatherings and birthday celebrations with our loved ones earlier this year. It was a bummer, but it also made us feel hopeful that come winter this virus would be just a memory. Fast forward many months and travel has opened back up, but COVID has not gone away.

The holiday season is nearly here and many of us are left wondering how we can make this season feel special, even though we may not be able to gather with the whole family as we usually do. I've put a lot of thought into this question myself and have come up with some ways to make this winter holiday season special - even if it's just my husband and I. If you've got ideas to add, please share the love on any social media channel with #HolidaysApartButTogether.

Celebrating Holidays Without Family

I guess "celebrating holidays without family" is a bit misleading, because distance doesn't mean separate. Celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Hanukkah, the New Year (aren't we all looking for 2020 to be over?) and everything in-between without family in the same room is certainly different - but we can still make it special. 

Plan Your Holiday Meals Together

Food is the glue that holds holiday celebrations together. It doesn't matter what you agree (or disagree) on at the dinner table when your favorite family recipe is being passed to you. So maybe mom can't make your favorite dish for you this year - instead you both can make it and enjoy it together (but apart).

Planning to cook the exact same meal miles apart can be a special experience. You'll get to share that secret ingredient you've been putting in your prized dish with your loved ones, and you'll gain some appreciation for not having to cook the items your siblings handle each year. So give it a go - plan your holiday meals together, video chat throughout it and enjoy a good laugh at whoever's pumpkin pie falls flat. Memories are made in the small moments, and cooking is one of them. Post your tasty meal pics with #HolidaysApartButTogether and encourage others to join in on the fun. 

Make it Special for the Kiddos

How does that country song go? "Let them be little, cause they're only that way for a while...". And oh how true that is. This can be an especially anxious time for parents who want to ensure their kids have all those magic holiday memories they grew up having. So for the parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents out there - how can we make this memorable for the kiddos when the whole family isn't gathered around them like they normally are? I don't think we'll find the answer in consumer culture. Toys will be tossed, clothes will be outgrown and fads will wear out. But what about an experience designed just for them that the whole family pitches in to create?

Do you remember when Make-A-Wish created a special Bat Kid experience for a very adorable young batman fan? Why not create a themed scavenger hunt or treasure hunt based on your kid's favorite movie character? Parents can hide themed objects around the house and family members can video chat in with clues - costumes optional but highly recommended. Your grandson isn't going to remember that you bought him another Lego set for the holidays that one year, but he will remember that you dressed up like a Ninja Turtle and led him on a virtual hunt to find his very own prize! 

Throw a Virtual Family History Trivia Night

Video chatting is a great way to catch up - but it can feel difficult when you have a huge group of people online all trying to talk at once. Organizing a trivia game is a great way to ensure conversation flows smoothly and everyone gets a turn to talk. Cater the trivia questions to inside family jokes, memories from past holidays and important family history. You'll have a blast reminiscing about the turkey that Aunt Jane burnt to a crisp, the unmentionable present that landed in the wrong hands and the special memories you share of great grandparents. Adults can pickup some eggnog and take a sip when they fumble on a question. Trivia Maker is a great option for an easy online trivia maker that you can share during a video call. 

Escape to a Romantic Retreat

One of the best parts about seeing family on the holidays is traveling, especially as a couple or a family with children. I can recall so many road trips to grandma's house - some of my most precious and priceless memories being the hilarity that ensues after spending hours in the car. There's something about a change of scenery that helps you store memories in a special part of your heart. That magic is alive and well this year - and all you need to do is plan an escape to a romantic retreat for the holidays. Picture a snowy cabin in the woods at Mt Hood - complete with a cozy fireplace and gorgeous views. Holidays here will conjure up memories of hot cocoa, family game nights and snowball fights for years to come. 

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Enjoy Each Other's Travels Virtually

Your choice to escape to a vacation cabin won't prevent you from making memories with your brothers, sisters, parents or extended family either. Create all of those virtual activities you just read about and enjoy your mountain escape. Your family might also love a tour of your Mt Hood cabin. Just earlier this year I was disappointed that my aunts and uncles couldn't attend my wedding-turned-elopement at a gorgeous vacation home... so my mom gave them all the virtual tour instead. Being able to see what your family is doing and experiencing through your own eyes in real time is a great way to keep the conversation going - and it feels more authentic then the edited version of ourselves that we so often post on social media. 

Plan Your Mt Hood Getaway

We hope your holiday season is filled with magical moments and cheer no matter the location and with whomever you celebrate. We've got just what you're looking for if a cozy cabin at Mt Hood sounds like it might make your holiday brighter. Browse our rentals today and start planning your holiday apart but together.

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Our Favorite Mt Hood Winter Activities
Posted by Tiffany Quillan | Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Every year, the first snow at Mt Hood brings a sense of excitement that seems to buzz through the crisp air. Favorite sweaters are pulled from the backs of closets, hot cocoa graces our mugs and cabins are lit by the cheery glow of dancing fireplaces. It's the season that celebrates our lap around the sun, and we must admit that we're feeling like 2020 deserves a big (comfortably distanced) celebration for our resilience. 

There is always a great variety of fun activities to take part in each winter at Mt Hood. Our usual suspects made the list of things to do at Mt Hood in the winter, and we've promoted some lesser known activities for providing comfortably distanced fun. We hope you enjoy this winter season and find some time to celebrate our collective strength through what has been a very different year.

Pro Tip: Mt Hood is a very popular weekend destination. Consider planning a mid-week trip to enjoy smaller crowds, more space, and better rates on vacation rentals

Things to do at Mt Hood in the Winter

#1 - Snow Play at Mt Hood

While snow play at Mt Hood is popular every year, it's getting some special recognition this year since it lends to comfortably distancing. Snow play includes some of our absolute favorite winter activities, like cross country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. Our area is home to 22 sno-parks, and accessing them is easy! Please note that our Sno-Parks have a small fee for parking, and you can purchase a Sno-Park Permit for a single day, three consecutive days or an annual permit through Mt Hood Vacation Rentals. Plus, there's no need to haul your own gear to Mt Hood - get all the details on renting equipment for winter sports in our guide.

Suggested Cross County Skiing Trails at Mt Hood

  • Bennett Pass (5.1 miles - moderate out-and-back ski trail with thrills when crossing the "Terrible Traverse")
  • Tea Cup Lake Nordic Center (12 miles of groomed trails - known as some of the best cross country skiing; note: no dogs or snowshoes permitted)
  • Yellowjacket Trail Area (5 miles - for expert skiers, crosses the Salmon River)
  • Mt Hood Meadows Nordic Center (9 miles of groomed trails - beautiful views of the woods and meadows; note: no dogs or snowshoes permitted)
  • Crosstown Trail (5.6 miles - parallels the village of Government Camp on the north side from Enid Lake to Summit Ski Hill; several other trails intersect with the Crosstown Trail)
  • Barlow Pass, Twin Lakes and Frog Lake (20+ miles, ski as little or as much as you have energy to do, starting at Barlow Pass Sno-Park or Frog Lake Sno-Park)

Suggested Snowshoeing Trails at Mt Hood

  • Pocket Creek (6 miles - gently rolling track on forest roads with wide open views, forests and creek crossings)
  • White River Trail (3.4 miles - beautiful views of Mt Hood, regularly trafficked, however there is lots of room to spread out)
  • Summit Trail (4 miles - nice views of Mt Hood and relatively unobstructed the whole time)
  • Skiway Trail (1.2 miles out and back, however this trail connects with several other trails for up to 10 or more miles of adventuring)
  • Lower & Upper Twin Lakes via PCT (5.7 miles - the lower lake sees less traffic)
  • Frog Lake Butte (6 miles - excellent views of Mt Hood and a more difficult trail)

Check out the full list of places to cross-country ski and snowshoe at Mt Hood.

#2 - Sledding, Tubing and Snow Play

If you think sledding, tubing and building a snowman are just for the kiddos we invite you to think again. You can (and should) enjoy these activities at every age. Sliding down a fluffy hill in an inner tube will put the biggest smile on your face, and we won't blame you if there are a few snowballs thrown in the mix. These are all great activities for social distancing since you can bring your own sled or use the same tube. Remember to respect the snow play areas and haul out what you haul in (especially your sleds)!

Sledding and Tubing Hills at Mt Hood

  • Cosmic Tubing (tube hill at Mt Hood Skibowl with lights, music and themed innertubes; pre-paid advanced reservations required this season)
  • White River West Sno-Park (bring your own sleds and innertubes; large parking lot and lots of wide open spaces for sledding and tubing)
  • Snow Bunny Sno-Park (bring your own sleds and innertubes; hike up and slide down)
  • Cooper Spur (tube hill at the small ski area on the north side of Mt Hood; tubes are included with ticket price)

#3 - Skiing & Snowboarding

With five different skiing and snowboarding areas, it's no wonder that Mt Hood is adored for its downhill action. Our ski areas are taking extra COVID-specific precautions in alignment with the National Ski Areas Association's Ski Well, Be Well Program this year. While our ski areas are still finalizing plans, it's important to note that most are leaning towards a reservation system with limited capacity. Please be sure to check the ski area websites before you plan your trip, so that you are prepared with alternative activities to keep the whole family entertained. 

#4 - Climbing Mt Hood in the Winter

For the very adventurous (and experienced) climbing Mt Hood in the winter is possible. There is a lot of gear required - and you need to be certain the conditions are favorable - but it's a big accomplishment. In order to climb Mt Hood in the winter you should have adequate gear, like an ice axe, crampons, ropes and avalanche rescue gear. You should be very experienced at alpine mountaineering and path finding. 

#5 - Indoor Fun at Mt Hood

Find the right cabin and you won't be disappointed with your options for indoor fun at Mt Hood this winter. Choose a cabin with a fireplace to play board games by, or just cozy up with a glass of wine and a good book. Test your skills in the kitchen and plan a mini soup-off competition with the family. Stay in a lodge with a hot tub and dare the kids to make a snow angel before hopping in to warm up. Make snow cones for an after-dinner treat or build a family of snowmen. 

Driving to Mt Hood in the Winter

There is something mystical about driving through Mt Hood in the winter - tall trees are covered in blankets of fluffy snow that seems to sparkle in the sunlight. While beautiful, it should not be forgotten that these are mountain roads which you need to be prepared for. You'll want four wheel drive or all wheel drive and snow chains or snow tires. You'll also want to bring an emergency kit with all the essentials just in case you get stuck. Be sure to pack blankets, extra food and water, a snow shovel and a snow scraper. You can learn more about winter driving conditions at Mt Hood and more about Mt Hood during the winter in general in our winter guide.

Mt Hood Winter Cabin Rentals

Mt Hood offers a beautiful selection of cabin rentals to call basecamp while you're here. This winter, more than ever, it's important to find a cozy rental with all the amenities you'll need for an extended stay. Our cabin rentals have amenities like fireplaces, hot tubs, gorgeous views and full kitchens. Most are pet-friendly, so your canine family member can join you for your winter vacation. In fact, each of our cabin rentals includes a crockpot so you can come home to a warm meal after a day of snow play. Browse our cabin rentals and start planning your winter trip to Mt Hood today!

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Mt Hood Rentals for Remote Work and School
Posted by Betsy LaBarge | Tuesday, September 22, 2020

What is the one positive thing that many of us can enjoy in our current situation? Working and attending classes remotely from beautiful places! Many of us have been given the opportunity to work remotely for the foreseeable future. Our 40 minute commute has become a five minute stumble from the bed to the computer, PJ's welcome. And we don't have to work from the same four walls we live in... we can drive to a vacation cabin and spend our free time exploring a new area. And the kids can do their virtual school work from the cabin, too.

Working Remotely from Mt Hood, Oregon

Mt Hood, Oregon is an excellent place to escape to because you can enjoy a huge variety of outdoor activities that are comfortably distanced. Imagine going for a morning hike before catching your 10am conference call, or ending the day with a mountain bike ride through extraordinary fall colors. It's a great way to shake up your work day and prevent the very dreaded burnout we all feel now that many group activities and social plans have been postponed. 

Internet Speeds at Mt Hood Vacation Cabins

One important consideration to nail down before you plan your trip is what type of experience you are looking for. Do you have a full schedule of meetings that you need to attend? Does your job require you to be on call all the time? Are there mulitiple family members who all need to be online at the same time? If so, you will want a Mt Hood cabin with reliable, high-speed internet. On the flip side, maybe working remotely for you means finding a space where you can concentrate distraction free. We have cabins with slower internet speeds too, so the distractions of social media and the news don't pull you too far away from your work. We've created this easy guide to vacation cabin internet speeds so that you can make the right choice for your upcoming trip. 

Mt Hood Rentals with High Speed Internet (100 Mbps+ Download)

There's nothing more frustrating than hopping on a business call and realizing you sound like a robot to the person on the other end. It's unprofessional and can lead to a lot of stress - worst of all there is usually almost nothing you can do about it. If you've got multiple people working remotely (or attending classes virtually) while traveling, you'll want to ensure the internet at the cabin you're renting can do the job. We conduct speed tests at all of our Mt Hood cabins so you can rest assured that your meeting will go on without a hitch. Here are some of our vacation cabins with the fastest internet speeds:

Our Featured Property: Sandy River Retreat

Sandy River Retreat: This four bedroom vacation cabin sleeps up to eight people. Enjoy expansive views of the Sandy River, a pond with a waterfall, a wood burning fireplace and much more. This vacation cabin clocked in at 213.1 Mbps download last time we tested it. 

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Mt Hood Rentals with Distraction Free Internet Speeds (Under 20 Mbps Download)

These vacation cabins are for our authors, our philosophers, and all those who just need the temptation of social media and the internet kept at a safe distance. These Mt Hood vacation cabins all have slower internet speeds. You'll still be able to access the internet when needed, but you won't be tempted to binge-stream the latest season of New Girl or The Umbrella Academy. And you may find it easier to step outside and enjoy the nature surrounding you at Mt Hood.

Our Featured Property: Cedar Springs Cabin

Cedar Springs Cabin: This two bedroom vacation cabin sleeps up to six people. Enjoy a private hot tub, fireplace, BBQ, and patio at Cedar Springs Cabin. This custom built cabin clocked in at 1.3 Mbps download last time we tested it. 

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Mt Hood Rentals with Medium Internet Speeds (21-100 Mbps Download)

These vacation cabins are for those who want a little bit of everything. 

Our Featured Property: Bear Den Log Cabin

Bear Den Log Cabin: This two bedroom vacation cabin sleeps up to six people. You'll love staying alongside Billy Creek and taking in the views from the expansive deck. This classic log cabin clocked in at 55.8 Mbps download last time we tested it. 

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More Mt Hood Cabins with Medium Internet Speeds

Plan Your Remote Mt Hood, Oregon Escape

Start planning your remote work or school vacation with Mt Hood Vacation Rentals. We offer over 35 vacation cabins with amenities like private hot tubs and riverfront settings.

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Oregon Fall Vacation Trip Planning Guide
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Friday, August 21, 2020

Fall in Oregon is absolutely magical. Temperatures begin to cool a little and leaves start to change colors, offering spectacular conditions for hiking and mountain biking. Crowds are subsiding from attractions and trails as kids make their way back to school. Apples and pears are ripe for picking and something in the air seems to whisper "warm chili and cozy fireplaces"! As locals at Mt Hood in Oregon, we've experienced many memorable Oregon falls, and we'd like to share some of our favorite tips and tricks with you.

Planning The Ultimate Oregon Fall Vacation

Get a Great Deal on a Fall Vacation Rental

One of the reasons we love Oregon fall vacations so much is because the price is right! Families are heading back home for the school year which means more vacation rental availability and lower prices. Imagine spending the day leaf-peeping and then coming home to a private cabin that you only paid $125 a night for. Choose a cabin below your budgeted price and then spend that extra money on activities or a special meal, or stay in a cabin with all the bells and whistles that you normally wouldn't splurge on. Whatever you choose, be sure to book directly through a vacation rental manager's website like ours, that way you don't have to pay the extra fees associated with big vacation rental listing sites.

Find Great Deals in Fall Vacation Cabins

Make Your Must-Do Activity Checklist Ahead of Time

With smaller crowds, crisper air and vibrant colors, fall is easily one of the most relaxing times to take an Oregon vacation. It's so relaxing that you might find yourself opting for a book on the deck of your vacation cabin instead of going for a mountain bike ride. While we're 100% on board with the relaxation, we would be remiss if we didn't tell you to make time for a short hike or a trip to the Hood River County Fruit Loop. Check out our recommendations for fun fall activities and put one or two on your must-do checklist for the complete Oregon experience.

Fun Fall Activities

Pack & Wear Layers for Fall Weather

No matter what the weather forecast says, you'll want to pack a good assortment of clothing for your trip. The temperature in Oregon can feel really different from the actual temperature, and your surroundings and elevation will also affect that. If you go on a hike, you may be warm at lower elevations and cold at higher elevations. If you decide to leave your cabin for an adventure, be sure to bring a jacket even if it feels warm out. And while the sun in the sky during the day will be warm, the nights cool down during the fall.

Come Home to a Crockpot Meal

Oregon is truly an adventure state, so there will surely be a day or two where you get back to your vacation rental later than planned with a big appetite. On those days, there's nothing like a crockpot meal waiting at home to keep you going. All of our vacation rentals come with crockpots, so all you need is a quick recipe and the ingredients. If you don't have time to get the crock pot going in the morning then cook up one of these cozy and quick comfort dishes instead.

Start Planning Your Fall Trip to Oregon

Vibrant fall colors, ample opportunity for outdoor adventure and cozy cabins... sounds like the makings for a perfect vacation. Start planning your trip to Oregon today by finding the perfect vacation cabin. We offer homes with fireplaces and cabins with hot tubs too. You can even bring Fido along in one of our pet friendly rentals.

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Where to See Mt Hood Fall Colors
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Mt Hood is renowned for year-round skiing and snowboarding, and countless miles of hiking and biking trails. Most people visit during the winter and summer months to enjoy these activities. What these folks are missing out on only happens in the fall, and it is such a spectacular occurrence we want to share it with our Mt Hood Vacation Rental guests…the brilliant fall foliage!
As the seasons transition from summer to autumn, the days get shorter and leaves change from green to the many colors of fall—gold, amber, red, orange and even pink. Once winter is in full swing, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis, and the leaves dry up and fall to the ground. The trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer.
So where and when can you see this spectacular phenomenon while it's in full swing? We've got all the details right here in our guide to Mt Hood Fall Colors!
Photo courtesy of Gary Randall Photography

When to See Mt Hood Fall Colors

Throughout Oregon, mid- to late-October tend to be the best time to view fall foilage. However, prime fall color viewing varies each year depending on the weather and what nutrients the trees had all year. The Mt Hood area can entertain bright bursts of fall foilage as late as mid-November. If you're planning a fall color trip, late October is a great choice!

Where to See Mt Hood Fall Colors

Mt Hood Fall Color Hikes

One of the best ways to see fall colors, especially if you're looking to snap some pics, is by hiking. Bring a jacket and pack your camera and some snacks, here are three places to hike and see the brilliant fall foilage.

#1 - Mt Hood National Forest

Besides evergreens, the Mt Hood National Forest is full of vine maples, oak, huckleberry and Oregon grapes shrubs with colors that strike a remarkable contrast to the dark greens of Douglas fir and hemlock in the fall. Vine maples, in particular, show off the brightest and most diverse color spectrum, from deep dark red to the most vivid yellow.

#2 - Hunchback Mountain

For a magnificent, sweeping view of the Welches Valley and the abundant autumn colors of the Mt Hood National Forest, hike up Hunchback Mountain, accessible from the Zigzag Ranger Station. While it is a somewhat strenuous hike up (an hour each way), you will be well-rewarded with sweeping views of the colorful valley and the Salmon River below once you reach the top.

#3 - Old Salmon River Trail

For a more relaxed experience, meander along the Old Salmon River Trail and watch as the fall leaves float peacefully into and down the Salmon River while the salmon are spawning.

Mt Hood Fall Color Cruises

To experience Mt Hood’s fall foliage from the comforts of your car, cruise along the Mt Hood Scenic Byway and the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Byway, which join to create a breathtaking loop around Mt Hood. Fall colors are particularly glorious through Hood River Valley, on Highway 35 between Government Camp and Hood River as you drive from forest to field.

Take breaks along the Hood River County Fruit Loop at the many orchards and wineries that dot the beautiful landscape, and watch apple, pear and grape harvest in full swing before tasting the fruits of the farms’ labors. Apples, pears, cider and other fall harvest fruits and vegetables are available for sale at many locations.

Photo courtesy of Gary Randall Photography

Plan Your Fall Getaway to Colorful Mt Hood

If the idea of cozy fireplaces, apple cider, brilliant fall colors and relaxation have you smiling, it's time to pack your bags and head to Mt Hood. Check out our guide to fall trip planning and four fun things to do in the fall at Mt Hood. We offer a great selection of cabins that are perfect for your next adventure. Book a romantic retreat cabin with your loved one, or choose a pet friendly cabin so your furry friend can join you. 

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Mt Hood Trivia Quiz
Posted by Betsy LaBarge | Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Over 5,000 years ago, the mountain we have come to know and love as Mount Hood began forming from volcanic eruptions. The time in between then and now has served as the basis for a rich history. It is impossible to keep track of the people, animals and plant species that have made their way through this beautiful place, but there are certainly memorable favorites.

How much do you know about Mt Hood, Oregon? This trivia quiz is the perfect activity for locals and visitors alike! 20 questions will pique your interest and take you on a journey to the slopes, through the woods and to historical buildings. 

How to play: 20 questions are followed by an answer key and some history at the bottom. Gather with your friends and family and try to get all the answers without seeking too much help from Google. You might wander throughout The Villages of Government Camp, Rhododendron, Zigzag, Welches and Brightwood to look for answers. Many of the answers are physical places or landmarks that you can visit together!

Mt Hood, Oregon Trivia Questions

  1. Which trees at Mt Hood have a deceptive name but are actually evergreen trees?
  2. When was Timberline Lodge Built?
  3. What is the name of the first chair lift at Mt Hood?
  4. How many miles of trails are in the Mt Hood National Forest?
  5. Who was Billy Welch?
  6. What is Mt Hood's elevation?
  7. What are three native Mt Hood Wildflowers?
  8. What is the Native American name for Mt Hood?
  9. How many United States Navy ships have been named after Mt Hood?
  10. Which Mt Hood ski area is home to the Palmer Glacier?
  11. This trail was built in the 1930s and goes around the entire mountain.
  12. What is the name of the oldest organized ski race in the US that takes place at Mt Hood?
  13. Which Mt Hood destination is home to the largest night skiing area in North America?
  14. How many acres is the Mt Hood National Forest?
  15. How many glaciers are on Mt Hood's peak?
  16. The owner of this restaurant was known as The Duke of Government Camp.
  17. What is the steepest part of the original Barlow Road on the Oregon Trail?
  18. This river flows beneath the historic 1920s bridge that was part of the original Mount Hood Highway.
  19. These mushrooms are abundant in the Mt Hood, Oregon area.
  20. This historic hotel on Mt. Hood starred as a backdrop in the movie, “The Shining.” 

Mt Hood, Oregon Trivia Questions Answer Key

Which trees at Mt Hood have a deceptive name but are actually evergreen trees?

Douglas firs (also known as Doug firs) have a deceptive name and are actually (extremely large) evergreen trees. Specifically, they are an evergreen conifer species in the pine family. Did you know that they are also known as the Oregon pine or the Columbian pine? Mt Hood is home to an abundant amount of Douglas firs... can you identify one?

When was Timberline Lodge Built?

Timberline Lodge was built by local artisans between 1936 and 1938 during the great depression. In September of 1937, Timberline Lodge was dedicated by President Franklin D Roosevelt and is now a national historic landmark. Did you know that Timberline Lodge is actually in the Mount Hood National Forest?

What was the first chair lift in Mt Hood?

The Magic Mile was the first chairlift at Mt Hood and the second chairlift in the world. It was built in 1938, and at the time it was the longest chairlift in the world. It has been replaced twice since its original debut, and you can still ride on it today! Take a "footsie" ride up during the summer and hike back down to the lodge.

How many miles of trails are in the Mt Hood National Forest?

Mt Hood National Forest has more than 1,200 miles of hiking trails. Did you know that the Mt Hood National Forest is present in six different counties? There is endless opportunity to explore. 

Who was Billy Welch?

Billy Welch was the son of a homesteader who developed what is now known as Welches, Oregon. The Welches family built a store, post office, dance hall, cow pasture, orchard and much more. There is now a golf course where the cow pasture used to be!

What is Mt Hood's elevation?

Mt Hood is 11,235 feet in elevation. Did you know that it is actually a potentially active stratovolcano? Mt Hood had a minor eruption in August 1907, but based on its history the chances of it erupting soon are very low and it is informally considered dormant. The official height of Mt Hood has varied over the years due to modifications in measuring the elevation of mountains. Other "recorded" elevations have been ranged between 11,239 feet and 11,250 feet. Early explorers and scientists during the 1800's estimated Mt Hood's height to be anywhere from 10,000 feet to 19,000 feet.

What are three native Mt Hood Wildflowers?

Some native Mt Hood wildflowers are: Penstemon, Desert Parsley, Lupine, Partridge Foot, Pussypaws, Spreading Phlox, Sulphur Flower, Red Columbines, and Yarrow. Learn more about Mt Hood wildflowers like when and where to spot them!

What is the Native American name for Mt Hood?

While there is some debate over whether the name was given by the Multnomah or author Frederic Balch, Mt Hood was once referred to as Wy'east. Did you know that the Molalas, Kalapuyans, Chinookan Clackamas, Shinookan Wascos, Northern Paiute peoples, and Sahaptin speakers all once lived in the area that is now known as Mt Hood?

How many United States Navy ships have been named after Mt Hood?

Two United States Navy ships have been named after Mt Hood. The ships were the USS Mount Hood (AE-11) and the USS Mount Hood (AE-29). Unfortunately, the USS Mount Hood (AE-11) exploded in November of 1944, in Seeadler Harbor, Manus. Hundreds of men would vanish with the ship that day. 

Which Mt Hood ski area is home to the Palmer Glacier?

Palmer Glacier is partially within the Timberline Lodge ski area. The Palmer Glacier is the only place in North America that offers skiing 12 months a year. Did you know that Palmer Glacier is actually a remnant of the massive glaciers formed during the most recent ice age and is actually a permanent snowfield?

This trail was built in the 1930s and goes around the entire mountain.

The Timberline Trail was built in the 1930s and goes around the entire mountain. This historic trail is 39 miles long and passes through sections of the Mount Hood Wilderness and Pacific Crest Trail. There are several shorter sections of the trail available, so you do not need to hike all 39 miles to enjoy it!

What is the name of the oldest organized ski race in the US that takes place at Mt Hood?

The Golden Rose Ski Race is the oldest organized ski race in the US. The Golden Rose Ski Race began in 1936 and is the only USSSA-sanctioned summer race. This yearly event occurs in June.

Which Mt Hood destination is home to the largest night skiing area in North America?

The Mt Hood Ski Bowl is home to the largest night skiing area in North America. It is an absolute must while staying in Mt Hood! The Mt Hood Ski Bowl is also home to Cosmic Tubing. 

How many acres is the Mt Hood National Forest?

The Mt Hood National Forest is 1.2 million acres! You can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, birding and much more in this natural environment. 

How many glaciers are on Mt Hood's peak?

11 glaciers are on Mt Hood's peak. The largest glaciers are named Eliot and Coe. Other glaciers include: Palmer, Coalman, White River, Newton Clark, Langille, Ladd, Glisan, Sandy, Reid and Zigzag.

The owner of this restaurant was known as The Duke of Government Camp. 

Charlie Sperr owned Charlie's Mountain View restaurant, and was known as The Duke of Government Camp. His son Charlie now owns and operates the infamous bar. Stop by Charlie's Mountain View restaurant in Government Camp and check out the awesome Mt Hood memorabilia. This is a great spot to go for apres-ski!

What is the steepest part of the original Barlow Road on the Oregon Trail?

Laurel Hill is the steepest part of the original Barlow Road on the Oregon Trail. Laural Hill is infamous for its being treacherous for emigrants heading west. Travellers used to tie their wagons to logs or drag large logs behind them in hopes of making it down Laurel Hill alright. 

This river flows beneath the historic 1920s bridge that was part of the original Mount Hood Highway.

Little Zigzag River flows beneath the historic 1920s bridge that was part of the original Mount Hood Highway. The bridge marks the start of the aforementioned Laurel Hill - making this the perfect 2-for-1 item on the trivia / scavenger hunt list. It's a beautiful bridge and definitely worth stopping by. 

These mushrooms are abundant in the Mt Hood, Oregon area.

Chanterelles are abundant in the Mt Hood, Oregon area. A permit is required to harvest mushrooms in the Mt Hood National Forest, so be sure to pick one up unless you're just looking! It is really easy to get lost when you're mushroom hunting, so remember to pack a map and go with a buddy.

This historic home on Mt. Hood starred as a backdrop in the movie, “The Shining.” 

Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood starred as a backdrop in the movie, “The Shining.” The Shining actually used two hotels to film the movie. Timberline Lodge was used for the exterior hotel shots and a hotel in Estes Park, Colorado was used for the interior hotel shots. Stop by and have lunch at the Wy'East Cafe or the Y'Bar - both located inside Timberline Lodge.

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Top Things To Do With Your Dog at Mt Hood
Posted by Betsy LaBarge | Tuesday, July 21, 2020

If you're a dog-person, you know the amount of work that can go into planning a pet-friendly vacation. You need to find lodging that your dog will be comfortable in, and you also need to plan activities so that your pup isn't just sitting at the rental all day. Your furry friend is part of your family, and as a good dog mom or dad you want them to be involved in the fun as much as possible. As dog people ourselves, we couldn't imagine living anywhere else besides Mt Hood, Oregon. This vacation destination offers four magical seasons and plenty of pet friendly activities that the whole family can participate in. Here are some of our favorite things to do with our furry companions in beautiful Mt Hood - we hope you enjoy!

  1. Mt Hood Dog Friendly Hikes
  2. Dog Friendly Sno-Parks at Mt Hood
  3. Dog Friendly Restaurants at Mt Hood
  4. Mt Hood Dog Friendly Lodging
  5. Teach Your Pup Some New Tricks
  6. End the Day with a Special Treat

Your Guide to Enjoying Mt Hood with Your Dog

#1 - Mt Hood Dog Friendly Hikes

Guests who rent our pet friendly cabins frequently ask us where they should hike with their furry friends. Luckily, the answer is that there are many dog friendly trails at Mt Hood. These trails have gorgeous views, and many of them lead to streams or lakes that Fido is welcome to swim in. Be sure to bring a portable water bowl on your hike and please remember that dogs must be on leash on trails. And most importantly, bring a poop pickup bag and pack it out. We do not have poop bag patrol to pick up the bags left behind on the trails.

#2 - Dog Friendly Sno-Parks at Mt Hood

Mt Hood is a year-round destination, and when hiking is out of the question it's time to take your dog to a sno-park to snowshoe or cross country ski! Dogs are welcome to enjoy winter fun with you at many of our local sno-parks.

  • White River West Sno-Park: Located in the Mt Hood National Forest, White River West Sno-Park is great for snowshoeing and cross country skiing with your pup.
  • Barlow Pass Sno-Park: 2 miles north of US 26, Barlow Pass Sno-Park offers the perfect snow play opportunities for you and your dog.
  • Pocket Creek Sno-Park: Pocket Creek Sno-Park is a bit longer of a drive, but you will be rewarded with plenty of space for Fido and you to play.

#3 - Dog Friendly Restaurants at Mt Hood

After a long day of adventure with your pup, you might be ready to let someone else do the cooking. Mt Hood is very pet friendly, and many of our restaurants offer outdoor seating where your dog can join you. Some restaurants even have special treats on the menu just for Fido!

  • Mt Hood Brewing Co: This pet friendly pub in Government Camp offers patio seating where your dog can join you. You'll enjoy fresh brews and pub fare like fish-n-chips and burgers.
  • Ratskellar: This pizzeria in Government Camp offers outdoor seating where your dog can join you for lunch, dinner or drinks.
  • Barlow Trail Roadhouse: Enjoy historic sites and delicious eats at the Barlow Trail Roadhouse in Welches. Fido is welcome on the outdoor patio.
  • All Natural Wraptitude: Enjoy gourmet wraps, burgers, sandwiches, beer, wine and more at the outdoor tables at Wraptitude in Welches! Wraptitude also offers live entertainment in the summer. 
  • Altitude Restaurant & Lounge: Altitude Restaurant and Lounge offers casual upscale dining and welcomes dogs at their outdoor tables.
  • Dairy Queen: Dairy Queen in Rhododendron offers the usual classics like hamburgers, fries and ice cream treats. Dogs are welcome to join you in the outdoor seating section and you can even ask for an ice cream treat for your furry friend. 

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#4 - Mt Hood Dog Friendly Lodging

There's nothing like kicking back with a glass of wine while you watch the sunset and play fetch with Fido. The sense of joy you get from seeing them run around to their heart's content is really fulfilling. Some vacation planning experiences can be stressful when you're trying to figure out where to stay and what to do with your dog - but Mt Hood makes it easy. We offer a great selection of pet friendly rental cabins at Mt Hood. Find a secluded cabin where your dog can have the lay of the land, or choose a riverfront rental if your pup loves the water. 

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#5 - Teach Your Pup Some New Tricks

It's easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day noise that can distract us from working on obedience with our pets. That's why vacation is the perfect time to break out the treats, tennis ball, or clicker and work on some training techniques. You might want to work on some advanced skills if you've already mastered the classics like "sit", "lay down" and "heel". Can you teach your pup to rollover? What about telling them to "wait" as you walk a few feet in front of them? Connecting with your dog and checking in on their obedience skills will make hiking, running, and snowshoeing with them much more enjoyable. 

#6 - End the Day with a Special Treat

All of our Mt Hood cabin rentals have full kitchens, so you can whip up something sweet for your awesomely good doggo! It's surprising how easy it is to make homemade dog treats, and you might even get some bonus cuddles for all of your hard work. Here is one of our favorite treat recipes, perfect for a weekend with your pup. If you have two dogs consider doubling it!

Spot's Peanut Pumpkin Sweet Treats

  • 4 T Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 C Peanut Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/4 C Flour (preferably whole wheat, but white flour is okay too)


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Mix pumpkin puree, peanut butter and egg together until well combined
  • Slowly add in flour until combined
  • Knead the dough slightly then roll it out to a 1/4" thickness of a floured surface
  • Cut into whatever shapes you like (Spot prefers bone shaped)
  • Place on baking sheet and bake 20 minutes
  • Let cool before serving

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