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Guide to Everything Hood

Every freeskier knows about Mt. Hood’s summer camps and all ski mountaineers have the mountain on their tick list. But do they know where to eat, sleep, and relax? Read on for a detailed guide to making the most of your time in Oregon’s summer ski sanctuary.

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One of the most well known breakfast stops in Government Camp, in operation since 1966, the Huckleberry offers a traditionally inexpensive, greasy…

One of the most well known breakfast stops in Government Camp, in operation since 1966, the Huckleberry offers a traditionally inexpensive, greasy spoon atmosphere. Must haves are the huckleberry short stack or huckleberry shake. For under $10 you will leave satiated and ready to ski. They are open 24 hours, so it’s the perfect stop for early morning Mt. Hood summit missions or après eating.

With Session Four underway, there are still three sessions left of Windell’s Summer Camps. The last camp is one week and runs from August 6 to 12,…

With Session Four underway, there are still three sessions left of Windell’s Summer Camps. The last camp is one week and runs from August 6 to 12, ranging from $1,450 for day camps and $1,700 for overnight. With skiing, skating, BMX, and the Windell’s indoor recreation facility, it’s a great place to bring younger skiers.

Read more about Windell’s in our summer ski camp guide or check out their website

 

  

Even though you are in Oregon to ski, take a day and hit the Columbia River. Just an hour from Government Camp to Hood River, kiteboarding,…

Even though you are in Oregon to ski, take a day and hit the Columbia River. Just an hour from Government Camp to Hood River, kiteboarding, windsurfing, and paddleboarding are available. Check out Hood River’s Big Winds, which offers rentals and lessons, and head down to the shallow, less intimidating water at the Hook.

Afterwards, ride your bike the six miles to Mosier and grab a drink at The Thirsty Woman. Wednesday is “Kill the Keg” night and the pub food features local ingredients.

According to some, Mt. Hood is the second most-climbed mountain in the world, surpassed only by Japan’s Mt. Fuji. In fact, every year approximately…
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According to some, Mt. Hood is the second most-climbed mountain in the world, surpassed only by Japan’s Mt. Fuji. In fact, every year approximately 10,000 skiers and climbers go for the summit.

Check out the most traveled route, the south side’s Hogsback, which is about eight miles with a 5,300-foot elevation gain. You can find all the details you’ll need for a self-sufficient trip at Summit Post or make it easy on yourself and hire a Timberline Mountain Guide.

Depending on snow conditions, skiing is possible throughout the summer months, but if not, bring an ice axe, harness, and crampons, and walk yourself to and from the summit. Follow up with a pint of Hogsback Oatmeal Stout at the Mt. Hood Brewing Company.     

Go to the Ice Axe Grill and sample the local brews, from the Ice Axe IPA to the Hogsback Oatmeal Stout. Brewed with the glacial water of Mt. Hood and…

Go to the Ice Axe Grill and sample the local brews, from the Ice Axe IPA to the Hogsback Oatmeal Stout. Brewed with the glacial water of Mt. Hood and other local ingredients, the brewery is located just upstairs of the grill. Certain beers are featured daily and served as cask conditioned ales or with a nitro tap. Try the Glacier Burger with sweet potato fries.

An hour from Government Camp is the town of Estacada, Oregon—the summer’s weekend farmer’s market stop. Open on Saturdays, goat’s milk, honey, and…

An hour from Government Camp is the town of Estacada, Oregon—the summer’s weekend farmer’s market stop. Open on Saturdays, goat’s milk, honey, and strawberries are just a few delectable treats to pick up before heading towards Mt. Hood. For a list of vendors, check out the market’s website.

Located in Bingen, Washington, the Columbia River Gorge Hostel is only $19 per night and an hour from skiing at Mt. Hood. Pick up a coffee at Dog…

Located in Bingen, Washington, the Columbia River Gorge Hostel is only $19 per night and an hour from skiing at Mt. Hood. Pick up a coffee at Dog River Coffee in Hood River before you get on the road. Or, if you’re looking for something closer, go the ski bum route and camp. The Trillium Lake campground is close to Government Camp and $16 per night.

Buy a $69 adventure pass at Ski Bowl and have lift access to 40 miles of mountain biking trails and the bike park. After biking, use your one ride at…

Buy a $69 adventure pass at Ski Bowl and have lift access to 40 miles of mountain biking trails and the bike park. After biking, use your one ride at the IndyKarts, climbing wall, zipline, and 100-foot bungee jump. Check out Ski Bowl’s site for more information on biking and other activities offered.