Ski and Golf Resort in the Shadow of Mount Hood National Forest
The Wee Burn stream flows across The Courses, a 27-hole golf course at The Resort at The Mountain, before feeding directly into the nearby Salmon River. The stream was an important breeding spot for coho salmon and steelhead trout until the early 1900s, when construction efforts disrupted its flow. In recent years, however, the Wee Burn restoration project has enabled the return of spawning coho through the addition of natural logs, boulders, and native trees that provide food and protection to the fish as they make their way across the resort, set in the shadow of Mount Hood National Forest.
Some of the resort’s guest rooms look out onto the links, whereas others open onto forest or mountain views. mallard’s café & pub has some of the best scenery views at the resort. Go here for crab omelets, pulled-pork-belly sandwiches, and other upscale pub food, or head to Altitude for their small plates and pan-seared, oatmeal-crusted trout. You can use your dining credit at both.
When the snow falls, pick up a discounted lift pass at the front desk and hit the slopes at one of the nearby ski resorts. Alternatively, keep warm inside the resort’s heated pool or at The Spa, where you can get a river-rock massage or a body polish made with indigenous Mount Hood plant extracts.
Mount Hood, Oregon: Forest Hikes, Trout Streams, and Ski Trails on Volcanic Peak
Located about 90 miles east of Portland in northern Oregon, Mount Hood is technically an active volcano, though it hasn't shown any real geothermal activity for more than 100 years. Still, it’s the towering centerpiece of Mount Hood National Forest, which encompasses more than one million acres of forested mountains and lakes. During warmer seasons, visitors come to pick berries, fish, and hike along some of Oregon’s best trails. The 1-mile hike to Buried Forest Overlook reveals a dramatic vista of White River Canyon, a forested area that was buried by ash and mud during one of Mount Hood’s eruptions centuries ago.
Though winter is the mountain’s most popular ski season, the Timberline Ski Area often sports snow-covered slopes through Labor Day, making it the only resort in North America to offer year-round skiing. Across the mountain, you’ll find several miles of cross-country trails and a handful of distinct downhill areas, including one of the country's largest nighttime ski areas at the Mt. Hood Skibowl.
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The Courses at The Mountain
Situated in the western highlands of Mount Hood National Forest, The Courses at The Mountain combines three nine-hole layouts for 27 holes sculpted into the forest's pristine displays of flora and fauna. The resort's three nines, titled Thistle, Pine Cone, and Foxglove, challenge golfers of all stripes to navigate streams, forests, and secret flagstick passwords needed to unlock each track. Established in 1928 by locals Ralph Shattuck and George Waale, Pine Cone represents the site's original playing terrain and the fourth-oldest course in Oregon. The middle sibling, Thistle, attracts beginners and novices with a shorter length and forgiving fairways for game improvement. The newest and most difficult nine, Foxglove, challenges skilled players with narrow fairways and endless lies to lose a golf ball, forcing golfers to dip into an extra sleeve of golf balls or continue harboring a hardboiled egg trying to escape an inevitable egg salad.
Course at a Glance:
- Three 9-hole courses
- Up to 6,586 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 71.2 from the back tees
- Slope of 130 from the back tees
- Four sets of tees
91% of 57 customers recommend
“Jarred the bartender was great! ”
“Great location for both summer and winter activities. Resort is very dog friendly.”
“A wonderful stay. Treated very well and definitely going back.”
Welches (Mt. Hood), OR
68010 E Fairway Ave.
Welches, Oregon 97067