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Description - Covering the northern section of the Mount Hood National Forest, the Hood River Ranger District provides an assortment of outdoor recreation in addition to the famous Mount Hood Wilderness. Recreation includes fishing, hiking, biking, backpacking, camping, climbing, horseback riding, and boating. There are numerous campgrounds, trails and lakes for visitors to enjoy. In addition, there is the Columbia Wilderness which features a marine climate, deep canyons and tons of lakes, creeks and streams. Finally, the Hood River offers excellent fishing opportunities for rainbow trout, chinook and steelhead.

Attractions - The Hood River Ranger District features the highest peak in the forest, Mount Hood, as well as the Columbia and Mount Hood Wildernesses. There is an abundance of lakes, streams and creeks, in addition to the Hood River, which offer excellent fishing and boating. Numerous trails and campgrounds also provide outdoor enthusiasts a great deal of backpacking, hiking, biking and horseback riding opportunities.

Recreation - Recreation in this ranger district includes fishing, hiking, biking, backpacking, camping, climbing, horseback riding, and boating.

Climate - Climate on the Mt. Hood changes with elevation.The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days with moderate temperatures.

Location - Located in the northern portion of the Mount Hood National Forest, the Hood River Ranger District can be accessed from Highway 35 and Primary Forest Routes 17, 13, 20, 10, 44, 16 and 18.

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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Lost Lake campground: Sept 20-22 2002 Campsites are hard to park any trailer over 25 feet with exception of larger two vehicle sites at $18 per night: about the same price as Oregon State Parks are with water and electric hookups. The park is nice and quite ?very? natural and unmolested. The forest is just as nature left it. Fallen trees are only cut to clear roadways. If you don?t fish or hike you had better bring you own entertainment. This type of park is not for everybody. Bring your own firewood, they sell a bundle of wood for $6.00 that you could carry in one hand. You?d think the Forest Service would have more wood from fallen tree?s than they could get rid of. The stay was nice, had a good time but will not go back. The fishing was bad.

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Contact Information:
Hood River Ranger Station, 6780 Highway 35 , Parkdale, OR, 97041, Phone: 541-352-6002

Additional Information:
Mount Hood National Forest - Located twenty miles east of the city of Portland and the northern Willamette River Valley, the Mt. Hood extends south from the Columbia River Gorge, across forested mountains, lakes and streams to the Olallie Scenic Area.


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