Molly Johnson | 05/24/2018 | KayaHikeBoarder

Welcome to Mt. Hood Territory, Kaya-hike-boarder enthusiast! We've gone ahead and jotted down some trip ideas that should quench your endorphin quest.

 

Kaya:

The river is calling and you must kayak! Mt. Hood Territory is flush with sparkling rivers primed for a perfect adventure with your kayak. Don't own one? No problem. We've got loads of guides & outfitters to rent from or enrich your ride experience. 

eNRG Kayaking in Oregon City offers scenic rides on the Willamette River to the historic Willamette Falls, the second largest waterfall (by volume) in North America. They also provide stand up paddle (SUP) boards, kayak fishing instruction and SUP yoga classes. 

Clackamas River Outfitters in Estacada offers my favorite Twilight Lake Tour and is opening a third location at Milo McIver State Park soon. 

You can also try a rafting trip on our roaring rivers with one of the most tenured guides in The Territory, River Drifters

If you are here in May you'll want to come to the annual Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival. It is the largest annual event in the Pacific Northwest and a thrill of a good time.

Hike:

Two hikers cross a railed wooden footbridge strewn with fall maple leaves as they head into the Molalla River Recreation AreaWhen someone tells you to "take a hike!" you take it as a great suggestion. And why shouldn't you? The trails in Mt. Hood Territory are worth getting excited about. From scenic mountain trails with lush vistas to pockets of nature hidden throughout the cities, there is a trail for every skill level. 

If you visit the valley some great options are the Molalla River Recreation Corridor for its water views, Table Rock Wilderness Area nearby for its spectacular vistas and towering basaltic cliffs, and Magness Memorial Tree Farm for its well manicured educational trails.

For urban lovers try Mt. Talbert Nature Park for its quirky wildlife and varying difficulty in trails or Tryon Creek State Park for its walk-ability and natural feel in the city.

When heading to the mountain, stop at Wildwood Recreation Area to explore their ADA-accessible paved trails and fish filled water views. Then consider Fish Creek Mountain Trail for a longer hike along the Clackamas River and shade cover from the old-growth trees.

Boarder:

You would board and ski all year if you could, and in Mt. Hood Territory you basically can at Timberline Lodge's Palmer Glacier which offers four-season shredding. 

They have the longest ski season in North America and have the Magic Mile Chairlift to Palmer Glacier which offers great views and is open year-round.

If you like the night life then you are in luck because Mt. Hood Skibowl has the largest night skiing area in North America. The sparkly lights and bumping music are so fun and the feeling of riding at night is just such a different experience that it's hard to beat.

Mt. Hood Adventure has snowmobile and snowshoe guides ready to take you to places you haven't seen before on modes of transportation a little different then you are used to. Trust us, you should give it a try KayaHikeBoarder, it seems right in your spirit to do so. 

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Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home. She is currently generating content for mthoodterritory.com and for the #omht Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest channels. 

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