This Souvenir Fridge Magnet Depicts Oregon's Beautiful Mount Hood
Rising above the rest of the Cascade Range and dominating the views from the city of Portland, Mount Hood is the largest mountain in the state of Oregon. Rising 11,249 feet (3,429 meters) above sea level and 7,706 feet (2,349 meters) above the surrounding landscape it is a striking landmark to say the least and is tall enough to boast permanent snow fields. Mount Hood's cone shape is due to its formation as a strato-volcano, and it is considered by geologists to be the most likely volcano in Oregon to erupt. The peak is perennially popular with tourists as it offers numerous options. For those who enjoy rustic elegance, historic Timberline Lodge on the flanks provides everything they could want, for those who are more adventurous, the mountain has many hiking paths and bike trails. The truly brave (or foolhardy!) attempt the summit - up to 10,000 a year - into the realm of eternal snow.
The Best Hiking Trails for Visitors to Mount Hood
The most famous trail in the Mount Hood National Forest is the Timberline Trail, a forty mile (65.5 km) path that makes a loop all the way around the peak. It stops at Timberline Lodge (a convenient starting and ending location) but mostly passes through the vast wilderness areas of the Forest. A more challenging, but rewarding, hike is the Buck Peak trail, which climbs 2,500 feet (762 meters) to a rocky overlook with impressive views. Fans of waterfalls can take a quick trip along the Little Zizag Falls trail, which is less than a mile in length or the longer Umbrella Falls Trail - at 3.6 miles (5,790 meters). Finally, the Elk Meadows Hike - a moderately difficult trek - takes visitors up to Mount Hood's largest alpine meadow.