Alpine Adventures on Mount Hood: Part 3 of a Soulful Oregon Summer Vacation – | Gmx Pharm

Welcome to the third and final part of our relaxing and rewarding Oregon road trip. See Part 1: Portland here. See Part 2: Columbia Gorge here.

Oregon’s wondrous Mount Hood Territory offers the perfect opportunity to explore the great outdoors. If you love a laid-back vacation, dip into your summer reading list in a hammock by the lake. If you are looking for adventure, take a dip in the crystal clear waters to awaken your inner adrenaline junkie.


Stay at Timberline Lodge for a true alpine experience. In addition to super cozy and comfortable rooms, you can use the scenic hiking trails that start right in front of the lodge. Best of all, you can actually ski at Timberline in the summer – yes, you read that right! Enjoy a mid-summer day at Palmer Snowfield on the southern slopes of Mount Hood. No need to worry about lugging snowshoes or skis on vacation—Mt Hood Outfitters has everything you need for your snow (or warm-weather) adventures.


In winter, Trillium Lake is blanketed in a sea of ​​white fluffy snow. In warmer weather, the 63-acre lake becomes the perfect place for water adventures like boating, canoeing, swimming, and fishing. The nearby trails are also great for hiking and mountain biking! Afterwards, grab a cold beer at Mt. Hood Brewing Co.

Head to Little Zig Zag Falls on a hot day, as the small canyon keeps things relatively cool, making it a great choice for kid-friendly hikes.

An animal lover’s paradise, Triskelee Farm is the perfect place to spend a wonderful afternoon with your family while making unforgettable memories along the way. The name “Triskelee” comes from the Celtic word “three” and represents three generations of the family who own, run and live on the farm. The farm offers educational tours that show where our food really comes from. Of course, there are loads of adorable farm animals, and the great thing is that you can interact closely (and safely!) with them. From newborn sheep to curious alpacas to dancing peacocks, expect to be amazed at every step. You can feed the llamas apple sticks, pet their resident horse and, if you’re lucky, even witness baby goats or sheep learn to stand for the first time. The little ones in your group will squeak the loudest, I promise!

food + drink

Get your morning caffeine hit at Cat’s Moon Coffee, then hike to your heart’s content at the Wildwood Recreation Site. Pack a small picnic and spend a glorious morning listening to the sounds of nature – the waterfall, the birds and bees and the breeze blowing through the trees. The easy, breezy hike is very kid and pet friendly, and you’re sure to make plenty of furry friends along the way.

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Hood, Coffee House 26 is a coffee shop and bookstore loved and frequented by locals. Take a leisurely reading break here, accompanied by breakfast sandwiches and delicious baked goods.

If you’re hungry in Estacada, Harmony 1984 is a no-brainer. Especially good after a hike, because here you can strengthen yourself with the delicious, varied offers such as Boysenberries & Cream Sourdough French Toast or a red lentil curry soup. They have live music on Friday nights!

Koya Kitchen is a small bohemian cafe that is artsy, cozy and internationally inspired. On warm summer nights, use the seating on the terrace with twinkling fairy lights. Get the yakisoba and donburi bowl. If it’s a chilly day, ask for a cup of their mulled wine to warm you up.

Wraptitude offers delicious wraps and burgers, among other things. You can enjoy a leisurely meal here, or pack your delicious curried chicken or BBQ pork wrap for a hike or picnic by the lake. Delicious!

Skyway Bar & Grill offers tasty Northwestern-style grilled food in a magical al fresco setting, making it ideal for a date night dinner.

Wondering what to drink in Mount Hood Territory? Beers, beers and more beers! In the Bavarian-inspired downtown of Government Camp, there are fabulous breweries offering craft beers and eclectic pub grub. Mt. Hood Brewing Co., Mountain View Brewing, and The Ratskeller are all excellent spots. If you want to change things up, pick up some “real ciders” at Stone Circle Cider in Estacada. This cider bar follows the style traditionally practiced in the South West of England for many centuries – hand pressed, drinkable and naturally made from cider apples.

Portland: Part 1 of a soulful summer vacation in Oregon

Columbia Gorge: Part 2 of a soulful summer vacation in Oregon

Aakanksha Agarwal is a freelance writer for Seattle Refined. Follow more of their adventures here. While some of the products, services, and/or lodging contained in this post are provided free of charge, all opinions contained herein are those of the author and the Seattle Refined editors.

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