Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood

CAMP & HIKE: Trillium Lake, Mount Hood

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On the south side of Mt. Hood at 3,600 feet elevation is Trillium Lake, ringed with fragrant conifers and an easy, family-friendly loop trail. The Hike Trillium Lake Loop Trail is 2 miles round trip and circumnavigates the lake. It’s a great choice for kids or anyone who desires a flat, easy, beautiful trail. Pack your […]

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Q: Vacation Rental Cabins near Mt. Hood?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: Any suggestions for vacation rental sites for large cabins around Mt. Hood?  – Adina from Seattle    Dear Adina, Many of our Northwest mountain communities have cabins that are second homes, and owners often rent these out as vacation rentals when they aren’t using them. Around ski areas, it’s not uncommon to find […]

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Six Great Camping Getaways from Portland

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We paired six fabulous campgrounds near Portland, Oregon with great nearby hiking trails and post-hike eateries. Keep your camping gear at-the-ready all summer long as you camp your way through these campgrounds near Portland, one sunny getaway at a time. And just so you can make a full trip out of your excursion, we’ve included […]

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Waterfall Weekend: Columbia River Gorge

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I know it’s unconventional, but I don’t subscribe to the idea of “summer vacation.” Here’s the deal: my family takes our vacations in small, weekend-sized chunks close to our home base of Seattle. With our energy-filled son in tow, we combine outdoor activities like day hiking with exploring small towns or visiting local wineries. Local, bite-sized […]

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HIKE: Multnomah Falls – Wahkeena Falls Loop

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The 620-foot Multnomah Falls is the highest of the 77 named waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Gorge. And here’s another fun fact about this geologic wonder–it’s the second highest continually-flowing waterfall in the country. The upper and lower falls that comprise Multnomah Falls are the first and most impressive cascades you will encounter […]

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A Respite at Timberline Lodge

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I looked out the wood-framed window panes from my tweed-upholstered armchair. Yep, we were at timberline. Where the lodgepole pines ended, permanent snowfields began. From there, a dense cloud cover obscured everything skyward, including the top of Mount Hood. We were on Mount Hood. Timberline Lodge is an iconic Pacific Northwest landmark, and hailed as […]

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Harvest Time in Hood River

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Psst…. this article is a preview of one of the featured trips in our premier guide to fall travel – Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest. Get inspired to spend your fall weekends combing rocky beaches, savoring the harvest, and hiking scenic mountain trails of Washington and Oregon. Get it here. Between glacier-capped Mount Hood and the Columbia […]

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STAY: Hood River BnB

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Whether you windsurf, kite, bike, hike, ski, boat, golf, fish, or read, we want to help you make the most of your time in Hood River.

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