North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Leland On October - 21 - 2016 0 Comment

Hood River, OR is known as an outdoor adventurer’s playground. Mild temperatures, extraordinary views, and multiple options, make hiking one of the more popular outdoor activities. There are options for beginners to experienced hikers. Here are a few favorites in town and just a short outside of town.

In Hood River, OR

Indian Creek Trail: This multi-use dirt trail is located in town and made up of three segments. Segments 1 and 2 connect and have multiple trailheads. Segment three has two trail heads, but does not connect. The segments stretch between 2nd and Hazel streets in downtown Hood River to Hood River High School and Barrett Park.

Hood River Waterfront: Enjoy the views of the Columbia River and watch the kiteboarders or windsurfers sailing along in this multi-use area. There are over 2 miles of paved pedestrian trails along the waterfront.


Just outside of Hood River, OR

Starvation Creek State Park: This State Park, a short drive west of Hood River, offers countless trails. A very short, 0.1-mile hike, leads to 190 foot Starvation Creek Falls, one of the few cascades in this area of the gorge. From here you have the option of continuing east along a fragment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail to Viento State Park. For a longer, more strenuous hike, connect to the Starvation Ridge trail or to the Mt Defiance Trail, which rises to an elevation of 5,010 feet, the highest along the gorge, and offers amazing views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St Helens.

Catherine Creek Arch Loop: Catherine Creek is a popular area for hikers, especially in the spring with the diverse wildflower displays. The Arch Rock Loop is 2.1 miles with 481 feet of elevation gain. The route follows a combination of trails and closed roads and goes past a culturally significant rock arch, a bubbling creek, and an old homestead. It has views of the canyon and Mount Hood, along with hundreds of varieties of wildflowers.

Hood River Mountain Loop: This is an easy 3-mile loop trail with minimal elevation gain, yet offering spectacular views of Mt. Hood and the orchards of Hood River Valley. May is prime season for this hike with millions of wildflowers covering the mountain.

Pick your favorite, put on your hiking shoes, and go out and explore the trails and views of Hood River, OR. If you’re interested in traveling to Hood River, OR, there are many places to stay! One of the best is Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins–it offers some of the most amazing views, too.


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