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Mt. Hood National Forest

Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mt. Jefferson.

Located twenty miles east of Portland, Oregon, and the northern Willamette River valley, the Mt. Hood National Forest encompasses roughly 1,067,043 acres.

This forest is a mecca for outdoor recreation. Visitors come to fish, camp, boat and hike. In fall, you can hunt and in winter, when the snow comes - and it really comes! - you can ski or participate in other snow sports, such as snow shoeing or snowmobiling.

Throughout the warner months, berry picking and mushroom collecting are popular. When December hits, bring the family to cut a Christmas tree.

There are 311,448 acres of designated wilderness on the Forest. The largest is the Mt. Hood Wilderness, which includes the mountain's peak and upper slopes. Others are Badger Creek, Salmon-Huckleberry, Hatfield, and Bull-of-the-Woods. Olallie Scenic Area is a lightly-roaded lake basin that provides a primitive recreational experience.

Some history
The Cascade Range Forest Reserve was established in 1893, and divided into several National Forests in 1908, when the northern portion was merged with the Bull Run Reserve (city watershed) and named Oregon National Forest. The name was changed again to Mt. Hood National Forest in 1924.

First-timer’s Adventure

Check out the skiing, hiking and other activities around Timberline Lodge, built in 1937 high on Mt. Hood, or one of the several historic fire lookouts and cabins that are available for overnight stays.

Trained and prepared climbers can ascend to Mt. Hood’s peak at 11,240 feet.




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Notes & Conditions:

Research campground locations and amenities at the U.S. National Forest Campground Directory. The Web site is full of pictures and detailed descriptions to help you plan your next trip.

If you want to experience a guided recreation trip in a National Forest, visit Adventure Vacation to learn about whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, camping, hiking and fishing trips.

Permits, Passes and Fees:

Like many Northwest National Forests, many activities, or parking for them, require a Northwest Forest Pass.


Visit the National Forest Store to see what maps are available for this Forest and others you may want to visit.