7 Books to Read While Planning your Summer Vacation at Mt Hood
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Thursday, February 9, 2017

7 Books to Get You Started on Your Mt Hood Summer Vacation Planning

It may seem too early to start planning your summer vacation to Mt Hood, but during the cold winter months is the perfect time to cozy up with a stack of books and dream about how you and your family will spend your time at Mt Hood this summer. We have compiled a group of books to get you started on your vacation planning. These books will get you excited about the places you will be visiting and the fun activities you will be enjoying during your Mt Hood trip.

Two popular hiking books that have been around for over 20 years still remain as two of the best guides for hikes throughout the Mt Hood National Forest in the area of Government Camp and up to Timberline Lodge.These self-published books are written by "Little Old Ladies In Tennis Shoes", Sonia Buist and Emily Keller, hence the name of their publishing company, LOLITS. The goal of these two hiking guide books is to break down longer trails such as the Timberline Trail, a 41-mile trail that circumnavigates Mt Hood at "Timberline", into shorter, easy-to-do day hikes.They have provided detailed directions to trail heads, maps, difficulty ratings along with personal commentary and interesting information about the history of the area, flora and fauna and other relevant information.

Whether you ski or snowboard at Mt Hood during the winter or summer, or you are a history buff, Timberline and a Century of Skiing on Mount Hood is an easy and fun book to read with lots of photos and anecdotal stories from many long-time local residents and employees of Timberline Lodge. The author, Jean Arthur, grew up skiing at Mt Hood and working at Timberline Lodge throughout high school and during the summers while in college. P. S. When you stay in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental during the winter and purchase 4 Timberline lift tickets in our office, we will give you a copy of this book!

These days if you are traveling to Mt Hood from Portland, it is about an hour to 1 1/2 hour drive to get here. During the early 1900's when the first automobile trips were made to Mt Hood, it really was an adventure taking up to 3 days to get from Portland to Government Camp, a 60-mile trek over mostly dirt (and mud) roads. The book, Off to Mt. Hood chronicles the early days of road trips to Mt Hood as told by Ivan M. Woolley, who was a college student at the time and would drive tourists in a 1907 Pierce Arrow, a 4-cylinder, 48 horse power vehicle. This book is sprinkled with stories of personal experiences of Mr. Woolley and his compatriots and passengers. He shares the hardships and stories of many of the early settlers who also opened road houses in the area including Wemme, Welches, Faubion, Tawny, McIntyre and more.

Mount Hood, A Complete History by Jack Grauer is the quintessential and most comprehensive chronicle of the people, events, adventures and history of the Mt Hood area. Mr. Grauer writes about everything from the early Native Americans, the first settlers passing over the Barlow Trail, winter and summer recreation including mountain climbing, animals and flora, geology and geography, famous and not-so-important buildings and much more. Jack Grauer's first love was mountain climbing, with his first of 131 ascents of Mt Hood happening in 1947 when he got the bug. The book has a definite slant on the mountaineering history of Mt Hood. First published in 1975, this book has had several updates and revisions with the most recent edition being published in 2010. 

It's been 38 years since the last total eclipse was seen in the continental USA. The moon's shadow completely covers the sun August, 21, 2017 creating the opportuntity to experience Totality. Next year's "Great American Total Solar Eclipse" will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles wide with the full eclipse being visible just south of Mt Hood. Imagine the morning Sun dwindling down to a narrow crescent and a moment later it vanishes as you're plunged into an eerie twilight. This is a celestial event that is an indescribable sight that is among the most awe-inspiring and beautiful in all of nature. And it is not to be missed! Get Eclipsed is written by Fred Espenak (aka "Mr. Eclipse") retired NASA astrophysicist and leading authority on eclipses, and his eclipse chasing wife Pat Espenak (“Mrs. Eclipse”). Their infectious enthusiasm will get you excited for the eclipse. For more books about the Great American Total Solar Eclipse, click here.

The "wildly" popular book that was made into a movie, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed is the book to pick up this winter to read about a personal life transformation with many of the author's experiences centered around Mt Hood. Much of the movie was also filmed throughout the Mt Hood National Forest and at Timberline Lodge. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman at a crossroads in her life after sufferening loss as she forges ahead on a trek from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail that eventually strengthens her will and heals her soul.

Mt Hood Vacation Rentals are scattered throughout the Villages of Mt Hood, from Brightwood to Welches, Zigzag, Rhododendron and on up to Government Camp. Our cabins, cottages and lodges are from 1-bedroom to 5-bedroom and accommodate 2-16 guests. All homes include fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces or woodstoves, cable, satellite or Internet TV and wifi and washers and driers. Most homes welcome your well-trained dogs at least one year of age. Many include a private, outdoor hot tub, too. All are non-smoking
Search here for the perfect Mt Hood Vacation Rental for your summer vacation or call us today at 888-424-9168.


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