Whether you're hiking past waterfalls and wildflowers or cruising past sweeping views of the Columbia River, experience the best of this wild corner of the country with Moon Columbia River Gorge & Mount Hood. Inside you'll find:
Strategic, flexible itineraries, from day trips from Portland or weekend getaways from Vancouver to a road trip along the Fruit Loop, designed for outdoor adventurers, families, foodies and wine-lovers, and more
Top experiences, and things to do: Sip your way through Mount Hood's craft beer and wine scene while you take in views of the Gorge, sample fresh vegetables and cider from a local farm stand, or pick your own fruit for a picnic. Get an up-close look at the annual salmon run from the Bonneville Lock and Dam, and spend the night in the historic Timberline Lodge
Best outdoor adventures for every season: Hike through fields of wildflowers and marvel at the towering cascades of Waterfall Alley. Make your way to the top of Beacon Rock for panoramic views of the Gorge, or hit the slopes of Mount Hood in the winter. Kayak or raft along the White Salmon River, soak in a hot spring surrounded by old-growth forest, and spend the night under the stars on the shores of a pristine lake
Expert advice on when to go, where to stay, and how to get around from seasoned outdoorsman and Portland local Matt Wastradowski
Helpful resources on Covid-19 and traveling in Oregon
Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
Thorough background information on the landscape, climate, wildlife, and local culture
With Moon Columbia River Gorge & Mount Hood's expert tips, local insight, and countless activities, you can plan your trip your way.
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About the Author
Matt Wastradowski is a travel and outdoors writer based in Portland, Oregon. Whether on assignment or just for fun, chances are good he's doing something that deepens his passion and enthusiasm for the Beaver State and the broader Pacific Northwest. In recent years, he has visited nearly 150 breweries and cideries, hiked hundreds of miles, and driven roughly 20,000 miles around Oregon. He's camped in tents, yurts, and fire lookouts. And he's spent countless hours exploring seemingly every backcountry road this state has to offer, often with no bars on his iPhone.
Matt is the co-author of Moon Pacific Northwest Hiking, and has written more than 100 articles for numerous publications, including RootsRated, REI's Co-op Blog, and Northwest Travel & Life.