Mount Hood

Mount Hood reflected in Mirror Lake

Mount Hood (height 11,249 feet) is the highest mountain in the state of Oregon and a major outdoor recreation site in the Pacific Northwest. Located about 50 miles (80 km) east-southeast of Portland, the mountain is visible from the city on clear days and usually forms the backdrop for the Portland skyline in postcards and photographs of the city.

Get in

The main route into the Mount Hood area is U.S. 26. The quickest way to get to U.S. 26 from Portland is to follow Interstate 84 east, take any of the Gresham exits, then follow the road south to U.S. 26 (Powell Street). Follow U.S. 26 east to the Mount Hood area; this will take you through the city of Sandy and the Mount Hood National Forest. To get to Timberline Lodge, turn left onto Timberline Road at Government Camp.

Do

There are many things to do including downhill skiing and snowboarding, hiking, and cross country skiing.

Eat

Sleep

The Shining

Timberline Lodge is the infamous lodge used in the 1980 Stephen King horror classic, The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson. However, only a few exterior shots in the movie are actually from the hotel - on the inside it looks completely different. Room 227 doesn't exist, nor does the ballroom. Room rates start at $90, not including tax or creepy old ladies in the bathroom.

Stay safe

Always check the local weather before heading up to the mountain. It is not uncommon for chains or snow tires to be advised or required. While there are snow plows as well as other precautions, it never hurts to be on the safe side. If you are planning a hike or skiing adventure into areas less traveled it is advised to take a Personal Location Transponder. If you should become lost, injured, or trapped this device will help emergency crews to locate you quickly via a GPS signal. The technology can now locate you to within 10 feet of your actual placement, a great accessory for snow enthusiasts in avalanche zones.

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