By: Mary Pellegrini
Mt. Hood, rising 11,240′ into the bluebird sky, is crowned by eleven glaciers. It’s home to three ski areas, making it a great destination for skiing, even during the spring and summer months. There is no shortage of hiking options on Mt. Hood either. It is possible to enjoy stunning high alpine glacial vistas in the morning and a lush waterfall swim in the afternoon.
Historic Timberline Lodge, sitting at 6000′ on the face of Mt Hood, is a WPA project built in the mid 1930s, constructed out of stone and wood from the surrounding forest. Trails into beautiful alpine lakes offer their unique view of the mountain. Forests and valleys are filled with wildflowers and fruit blossoms in the spring.
Hood River Valley is the river basin of Hood River, bounded by the Columbia River to the north, Mount Hood to the south. The rich volcanic soils makes the Hood River Valley one of the largest regions in the country for growing apples, pears and berries. So much so that the drive from Mt Hood to Hood River through the Valley is called the Fruit Loop. There are plenty of reasons why Mt. Hood is one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.
Let the Old Parkdale Inn be your home base when exploring the Hood River Valley, Columbia River Gorge or the Mt Hood National Forest. Whether your idea of a good vacation is fresh tracks on Mt Hood or relaxing in our gardens with a good book and your favorite beverage, there’s something near by for everyone.
Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snow boarding, and hiking await. Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the vast Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound. We partner with Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline Ski Area, offering multi-night packages and access to discounted lift tickets. Stay at the Inn and take advantage of our partnership with Wet Planet Whitewater to receive $10 your raft adventure.