Long Weekend Adventure Guide - National Geographic. Photograph by Jose Azel/Aurora Photos. Consistent westerly winds blow through the town of Hood River, located an hour east of Portland at the confluence of the Columbia and Hood Rivers, creating ideal conditions for windsurfing and kiteboarding. But wind sports are just the beginning.
Hood River also serves up some of the best cycling and white- water kayaking in the country. The residents of Hood River were truly blessed by the gods of outdoor adventure, and they know it—not in a pretentious way, but in a “totally stoked, can’t wait to show you” kind of way.
She coined the phrase . Lital forecasts wind for the gorge year- round and snow for Mount Hood in the winter, in addition to writing the Mount Hood Meadows snow report. In the summer, she produces a daily recreation report and events segment for local radio stations.
She also serves as secretary of the Hood River Area Trail Stewards and sits on the Hood River County Recreation Trail Committee. Hike: The Dog Mountain hike negotiates a seven- mile loop up and over Dog Mountain, gaining about 3,0. Columbia River Gorge.
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Another local favorite is Oneonta Gorge. It’s not even a mile in distance but requires scrambling over logs and wading through chest- deep water to access a narrow moss- and- fern- lined gorge with a waterfall tucked into the back wall.
Hood River to Rowena Crest, 2. Lital also loves Lost Lake/Vista Ridge, which runs mostly on single- lane, blacktop, Forest Service roads with 5,2. Expect wildlife (including bears), giant old trees, and views of Mount Hood. Mountain bikers head to Post Canyon, located on the Hood River County tree farm. It’s also part of a scenic state park by the same name. Note: The area is closed February to mid- July due to nesting birds of prey. Ski: “I work for Mount Hood Meadows, and I can definitely say that the terrain in Heather Canyon is the best on Mount Hood,” says Lital.
Locals also enjoy Timberline, which offers year- round skiing, and Skibowl, located across the road from the quirky town of Government Camp, known for fun both on and off the hill. The actual recipe says, . For cross- country skiing, Teacup is the place. Paddle: Designated one of America’s Wild and Scenic Rivers, the White Salmon River, a tributary of the Columbia River located on the Washington State side, became truly wild in 2.
Pacifi. Corp decommissioned (read: demolished) the 1. Condit Dam, allowing the river to flow unrestricted for the first time in nearly 1. This philosophy makes Breakaway Promotions's Hood 2 River Relay—complete with Nordic skiing, downhill skiing, road biking, mountain biking, running, and paddling—the hands- down favorite local adventure. Something visitors don't do but should: “So many people come to the gorge .
She cites white- water rafting on the White Salmon River, skiing on Timberline's glacier all summer long, road biking on Hood River’s low- traffic pavement, and mountain biking as must- dos. Where to dine: For a quick breakfast on the go, Pine Street Bakery makes decadent pastries and a good cup of coffee. For the best all- around breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, go to Nora's Table. For burgers, it’s a toss- up between the Cebu Lounge at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn and Sixth Street Bistro. For pizza, visit either Solstice Wood Fire Caf.
But there's another venue not to be missed: Dirty Fingers Bicycle Repair, a combination bicycle shop and bar, where you can drink, watch people work on your bike, and catch bike races and popular sporting events on the TV. For the best mixed drink, head to upscale Celilo. If you’re looking for a dive bar filled with locals, you're looking for The Shed or the Red Carpet Inn Tavern.
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For a late and rowdy Friday (or Saturday) night, proceed to Jack's on 2nd Street for karaoke, dancing, and the Scorpion Bowl, a giant mixed drink that serves the entire table. Where to sleep (budget): The Bingen School Inn hostel, located just across the bridge in Bingen, Washington, is the best budget place to stay in the Gorge. Campers love Tucker Park. And bed- and- breakfast aficionados prefer Hood River Bn. B or the Gorge View Bed & Breakfast. Where to sleep (splurge): The historic Columbia Gorge Hotel on the west end of town is a local favorite, or try the classy suites at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn.