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. While closed until May, 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.
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 an hour from 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.