All year down in Portland we look up at Mount Hood’s beautiful snowy peak. In the wintertime it’s at its brightest, covered in a blanket of powder.
Of course, there’s skiing and snowboarding for all of you speed demons, but snowshoeing is another, peaceful way to spend time with friends on the mountain with minimal gear and minor expense.
Adventurers who want to explore the many popular trails crisscrossing the mountain on their own can rent snowshoes in Portland at the Mountain Shop, as well as at several other shops on the drive up. Ski Bowl also offers the complete package, including rentals and guided tours at the foothill ski resort with stunning views of the mountain itself.
Whether you visit Mount Hood on your own or with a group, stopping at Timberline for a warm beverage is a must. The historic landmark, built as a Works Progress Administration project and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012.