Mount Hood National Forest Guide

Mount Hood is a glacier-capped, dormant volcano located 70 miles east of Portland, OR. With numerous alpine lakes, hundreds of ski trails, and the grand 1930s-era Timberline Lodge, this is an accessible paradise for outdoor adventure. Countless trails are found throughout Mount Hood National Forest, which encompasses more than 1,000,000 acres. Ranging from easy nature walks to multi-day wilderness journeys, hiking is one of the top attractions here. When snow covers the ground, visitors can choose from downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or tubing. Because this national forest also includes a portion of the Oregon Trail, it's a great place to learn about the state's history as well as appreciate its natural beauty.

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Mount Hood National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Mount Hood National Forest

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How to get to Mount Hood National Forest

Address: Zigzag Ranger District Headquarters 70220 E. Highway 26, Zigzag, OR 97049

Fee: Entry fee

Additional fees may be associated with activities within the park.

Mount Hood National Forest is a four-season destination that caters to skiers and snowboarders in the winter and hikers in the summer. With dozens of campgrounds available, an RV trip is a great way to explore this national forest. If you do not own an RV, you can rent one via RVshare in a city close to the national forest.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Mount Hood National Forest

Is Mount Hood National Forest open all year round?

Yes, Mount Hood National Forest is open year-round. In summer, visitors can go hiking and mountain biking, and in winter the forest is a popular spot for snow sports like cross-country and downhill skiing.

What type of wildlife lives in Mount Hood National Forest?

Mount Hood National Forest is home to wildlife including northern spotted owls, mountain lions, elk, and there have even been sightings of wolves. A variety of birds, fish, and other small animals also live in the forest.

Does Mount Hood National Forest offer free camping sites?

Yes, Mount Hood National Forest offers free camping sites. Dispersed camping is allowed throughout the forest and is free. Campers need to bring all of their own supplies, and must leave no trace when they pack up camp.

Is there a limit to how long you can camp in Mount Hood National Forest?

Yes, there is a limit to how long you can camp in Mount Hood National Forest. You may camp for up to 14 consecutive days in the forest before you need to move your campsite. Also, be sure you know about any other camping-related rules, fire bans, and other restrictions before planning to camp in the forest.

Do you need a permit to fish or hunt in Mount Hood National Forest?

Yes, you need a permit to hunt in Mount Hood National Forest. If you are 18 or older, you also need a fishing license to fish in the forest.