Snow and Fun at Mount Hood

Mount Hood, Oregon

Just another day in Paradise! So the saying goes here in the Great Pacific Northwest. I have been entertaining a visitor from NYC for the past week, and we have been on the road for the past some days seeking adventure in both the states of Oregon and Washington. We returned home yesterday to take a break and catch a day’s rest before heading out again. I have so much to show and tell, so to speak. I thought I would start small with just a few photos of Mount Hood, Oregon, at Timberline Lodge. What a fantastic place! As always, the mountain (volcano) was swarming with springtime skiers and snowboarders. It is the only mountain in the US that has skiing just about all year long.

Mount Jefferson in the Background at Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood

And when you’re done playing in the snow at over 6,000 ft elevation, drive back down to the community of Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge and enjoy the gorgeous scenery at one of the largest fruit orchards in the nation. Starting in mid April, the valley hillsides are flooded with big, white pear blossoms for miles around. It really is a sight to behold! Many of the orchards are still in bloom at the higher elevations of the valley, but many in the lower parts of the valley are, for the most part, finished blossoming. As well, cherry, apple, and other seasonal fruit trees put on a beautiful, flowery display this time of year. This area is one of my very favorite spots in the Pacific Northwest and I invite others to check it out!

Pear Orchards in the Hood River Valley, Oregon

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8 Responses to Snow and Fun at Mount Hood

  1. rdowney86 says:

    I love the view of Mt. Jefferson from Hood. Great shot!!! Amazing that they have snow almost all year long at least somewhere. Only in the NW!!!

    • Glad you liked the Mt Jefferson view! It is really something to view all these volcanic peaks as one drives down the main north-south Central Oregon highway. It is one peak after another. I was amazed as to how much snow is still lingering at the higher elevations. But, of course, the glaciers on the main peaks never disappear.

  2. brett says:

    Mount Hood + Hood River at this time of the year are both incredibly amazing places! I’m so glad that you had a clear day with nice views! Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks Brett! The Hood River Valley is at the top of my list for best places to visit in the Pacific Northwest! And yes, clear, blue skies are the way to go! The north face of Mt Hood is so spectacular to view, especially early in the morning!

  3. ldsiebs says:

    I have never been, but your photos are so inspiring, I feel I should plan a trip soon! Great photos of the mountains. The peach orchard shot is my favorite. Nice post, thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks for commenting! Yes, a trip to the Hood River Valley is inspiring anytime of the year. But, my favorite is the springtime with the valley full of orchard blossoms. And, of course, the mountain is fabulous at any time of year!

  4. It’s funny how paradise is different things to different people. Down here we also say, “Just another day in Paradise.” lol

  5. Yes, it is funny, isn’t it? You may think that sunny, Southern California is Paradise while folk up in the Pacific Northwest refer to their area as Paradise as well. Both are right from their own perspective. There is an area in Mount Rainier National Park called Paradise, and so that saying is popular there as well.

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