Where to See Mt Hood Fall Colors
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Wednesday, August 11, 2021
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. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready for a stunning gorgeous retreat into nature!
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. The 5-mile out-and-back style trail is family friendly and marked as easy in difficulty level. This would be the perfect trip for a leisurely stroll to enjoy the fall foliage.
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.