What to visit?
The gateway to Mount Hood from the Southwest is often Government Camp , a community located at 3,900 feet on Oregon Highway 26. In summer beautiful Trillium Lake entices with its pristine water and beaches. In Winter skiing is available just outside of Government Camp and Timberline is only 10 miles away with its bountiful trails. The Northern route to Mount Hood takes you on Highway 84 through the Columbia River Gorge with its many attactions, including Crown Point, Multinomah Falls, Latourell Falls, numerous hiking trails, and Bonneville Dam. At Hood River take Highway 35 to Highway 26.
Observations: In Winter try snowshoeing around Trillium Lake! The parking lot is right next to where the trail starts and there are picnic tables along the trail that you can rest at. As you hike, you can get an incredible view of Mount Hood! Skiing is open almost year-round on the Palmer lift at 8,540 feet.
Later, get right up close to the mountain and check out Timberline Lodge (at 6,000 feet)-- the hotel from the movie "The Shining"! On the inside it's actully super cozy and lovely, but on the outside... Well, even during the day there's something eerie about it... You'll have to see for yourself to get what I'm talking about!
How to get to Mt. Hood?
Access: Bus service is available year round from Sandy to Timberline. The Mt Hood Express . Timberline Lodge itself offers a shuttle bus. Car access is excellent from Highway 26 (the Mount Hood Highway). Plane and rail access: Portland has an international Airport serviced by many major airlines. Amtrak has train service to Portland from North, South and East.
Where to stay?
Accomodations: Camping : Trillium Lake Campground offers families excellent sites and location near Government Camp. Lost Lake Campground offers a more remote atmosphere with the added benefit of a nearby resort. The top Lodge is Timberline Lodge and other excellent facilities are available. Timberline offers an outside heated pool that is unbelievable when it is snowing.