The short and easy hike to the summit of Hood River Mountain is an excellent place for wildflower viewing in the spring. Easily accessible from Hood River, this is a great quickie if you have an hour or two to kill. From the ridge you’ll get a beautiful panoramic view of Mt Hood to the south and Hood River Valley below. And once the high point is gained, views to the north include Mt Adams and Mt St Helens. This hike can be done as a quick in-and-out from the trailhead shown in the attached map and GPS track, or it can be done as a longer loop along the ridge and road.
In and Out day hike
2.1 miles round trip
+/- 500 ft
Trailhead and Permit Notes:
There are no permits required for this dayhike. The trailhead is accessible via gravel road by any vehicle. Take Old Dalles Drive out of Hood River until it takes a sharp right onto Elder Road. Continue about a mile and a half to the trailhead for Hood River Mountain. There is room for several vehicles to park on the side of the road at the trailhead. Note that logging companies sometimes close down regions within the Hood River Mountain area, so obey any temporary signs that are up.