Mt. Hood Territory offers some of the best Oregon has to offer in amazing landscapes, sprinkled with epic mountain views and trees bursting with radiant colors. Here's some inspiration to travel one of many routes to view the fall colors on Mt. Hood. Drive U.S. Highway 26 to the 6,000 foot elevation of Mt. Hood where historic Timberline Lodge awaits. The colors of huckleberries and vine maples put on a tremendous display around many of the mountain lakes along this path.
Begin your day with an amazing sunrise view over Mt. Hood at Jonsrud Viewpoint in Sandy. Trace the Barlow Trail route over the mountain and look down on the Sandy River below. Fuel up before your drive with a hearty breakfast at Tollgate Inn with a made-from-scratch dish, or stop off at Joe's Donuts for some one-of-a-kind donuts.
Lolo Pass Road is a scenic drive splitting off from Highway 26 near Welches. It's a winding road that goes past mountain neighborhoods before making its way up the pass. Drive carefully, keeping an eye out for both wildlife and scenic viewpoints.
This route is less a drive and more a walk and a ride. But either way, you'll see some of the best fall color around.