Nature walks around Oregon’s famous peak.

By Travel & Leisure
February 21, 2012
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Mount Hood, the tallest mountain in Oregon at more than 11,000 feet. It’s surrounded by one million forested acres, which stretch 60 miles from the Columbia River Gorge to the Olallie Scenic Area. Go in the late spring in summer, when the trails at Mount Hood are surrounded by blossoming wildflowers. You’ll need a Northwest Forest Pass (available at ranger stations and visitors centers) to park in the summer.

Mount Hood National Forest Headquarters

Stop at the Mount Hood National Forest Headquarters to find out what’s blooming (depending on the month, you might see lupine, columbine, purple foxglove, fireweed, Indian paintbrush, or asters). Early summer try the Top Spur Trail on the mountain’s western side; in late summer, go east to Mount Hood Meadows.

El Burro Loco

The kitchen serves burritos, margaritas, and delicious wild-boar tacos.

Doublegate Inn

The inn has three impeccably decorated rooms; one has an antique bed, another a peaceful reading nook.

Mt. Hood Bed & Breakfast

The property offers one-room cabins with knotty-pine walls.