A spectacular mountain within easy reach of Portland Mount Hood is the striking, omni-present snow-capped mountain that sits on the horizon when viewed from Portland, Oregon. A dormant volcano that last erupted in the late 1800s, this is a fantastic outdoor destination – and a home-from-home for Portlanders – with more than a million acres of forest, rugged camp sites under mile-high trees, alongside ice-cold, fast flowing mountain streams, beautiful lakes (Little Crater, Timothy, Frog, Clear...), endless trails, and year-round snow sports. Just below the peak, there’s the historic Timberline ski lodge with skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing and a snowcat that can take you to the 8,500 feet elevation (plus rooms to stay). Snow is piled high during the winter months, but if you’re lucky you’ll get a few flakes in the summer, too, if you’re reasonably high up. Driving here in the winter can be hairy, however, if you don’t have the right vehicle or winter chains, in which case you’re better off taking one of the purpose-built buses (just don’t leave it to the last bus to head home – they can fill up fast at peak times, which could leave you stranded).
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