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Mt Hood

A snowy peak with eleven glaciers is seen from miles away


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Mount Hood is the world's second most climbed and Oregon's tallest mountain, home to the only all-year-round ski resort in the U.S. The mountain called Wy'east by the Multnomah tribe, is a stratovolcano located in the Cascade Volcanic Arc., in 90 miles (145 km) east of Portland, Oregon. There are lots of activities here at any season. But the best weather and the most popular season at the mountain is from mid-May to early October.

Mount Hood that lies within the Mount Hood National Forest is the fourth highest peak of the Cascades Range with the height of 11,240 ft (3,426 m). In 1792 it was named after Samuel Hood, a British Admiral at the Battle of the Chesapeake. Lewis and Clark explored the mountain in 1805.

Mount Hood can be climbed along six main routes ranging from class 2 to class 5.9+. Climbers need technical ice axes, protection, and experience to make this ascent. The most popular hiking route is The Timberline Trail, which covers the entire mountain going up to 7,218 ft (2,200 m).

Meadows full of wildflowers await hikers in the summer, like beargrass, lilies, and purple lupine at Little Crater Lake. Six ski areas of Mt. Hood are popular with professional skiers. The Hood River County Fruit Loop features orchards, lavender fields, and vineyards. Alpine Lakes offer unique views and campsites.

Mt Hood Day Tours depart from the city of Portland.

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