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If you're exploring Mt. Hood Territory this year, we're here to help you stay up to date on the things that might be a little different than you expected. That's why we've collected verified up-to-date information for you on this page. 

Due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions instated by Oregon's Governor Brown, many businesses may still be operating a little differently this year. Due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, Governor Brown announced that effective August 27, 2021 that masks are once again required in all indoor settings statewide, plus in public outdoor settings where social distancing is not possible. In addition, many of our natural areas including roads, trails and rivers were impacted by recent wildfires. Knowing about current changes to local business operations and land closures will help you make the most of your time here in a way that is also respectful of our communities. You can also visit our Responsible Travel page for more travel tips.

Check out the information below for tips on what to expect if you're in Mt. Hood Territory today and planning to visit some of your favorite trails and attractions. As you explore our website, watch for the Know Now button highlighting articles that are updated with useful current information. You will find both Know Now: Wildfire Impact information and Know Now: COVID-19 information to help you plan your visit responsibly.
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Pickathon Music Festival 2021
Pickathon 2021 has been canceled, but will be back in 2022. Thanks to a mix of unique indie acts, environmentally friendly practices and a commitment to ensuring a positive experience by limiting tick...
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12 Diverse Trails In Mt. Hood Territory
We've curated a collection of 12 trails and hikes that range from a casual walk through urban parks to some more lengthy, moderate and difficult rated hikes, for the seasoned outdoor enthusiast....
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Six Ways To Enjoy The Clackamas River
The Congressionally designated Wild & Scenic Clackamas River has more than water play to boast about. check out our 6 best ways to play on - and near - the water for your next trip to Mt. Hood Territo...
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Covered Outdoor Patios In Mt. Hood Territory
We're beginning to see longer and sunnier days, but the rain that makes our destination so green and lush is still making its magic... meaning it can get wet out there! But with covered and heated pat...
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Covered patio at Whiskey Hill Winery
Cocktails To Go
Getting food to go from your favorite restaurants has become the new standard. And beginning with the new year many restaurants are expanding their to-go options into an exciting new arena: cocktails!...
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Know Now: Wildfire Impacts Know Now: COVID-19 


 

The following articles have updated information on how to travel responsibly in areas impacted by recent wildfires. Click an excerpt below to read the full article. 

Campfires Prohibited in Mt. Hood National Forest

Due to dry and hot conditions, campfires are prohibited beginning July 2, 2021 in the Mt. Hood National Forest. 

All campfires, charcoal or briquette fires, pellet fires, or any other open fires are prohibited under a Forest Order, including in developed campgrounds. Portable cooking stoves, lanterns, and heating devices using liquefied or bottled fuel, such as propane, are still allowed as they can be instantly switched off. Click for more information from the US Forest Service.

Mt. Hood Territory Trails Guide

Notices: 
Pup Creek Falls Trail: currently access to the trail as well as the trail itself are closed due to the 2020 Riverside Wildfire. Please check Clackamas River Road closure notices on the US Forest Service website for updates. 

Cool forests. Riverside picnic spots. Majestic waterfalls. Mt. Hood Territory’s trails get you close to it all. We’ve put together a collection of 12 lesser known gems in our print or PDF Trails Guide...

Kayaking, Rafting And Stand-Up Paddleboarding Guides In Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory

Due to the fire and wind storms that took place in September 2020 throughout Oregon, the UPPER CLACKAMAS RIVER will be closed for recreation until further notice. Some river guides are expecting to be able to open rafting operations back up by the end of June, but please check thier websites and make sure to have a reservation in place.


Spring is the perfect time to head to Mt. Hood Territory's refreshing rivers. There are endless potential adventures on the water, and you might not be taking advantage of some of the most fun class IV rapids closest to Portland… but you should be!

Favorite Laid Back Lakes In Mt. Hood Territory

Please Note: Timothy Lake and Harriet Lake are currently closed as of May 2021, due to impacts from recent wildfires. See below for details.

Adventuring near the water is beloved in Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory. Hanging out at the lake, making memories with friends and family and enjoying the views is a dream. But which lake is best for you?...

Six Ways To Enjoy The Clackamas River

Please note: The Upper Clackamas River area was heavily impacted by the 2020 Riverside Wildfire, with lasting closures at many recreation areas. See below for details about each site.

The Congressionally designated Wild & Scenic Clackamas River has more than water play to boast about. Check out our 6 best ways to play on - and near - the water for your next trip to Mt. Hood Territory.

Enjoy The Ride Along The Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway

The Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway is currently closed due to damage from the 2020 Riverside Wildfire. See more information about Hwy 224 closures from the US Forest Service.

Biking is second nature to Pacific Northwesterners, and not just as an alternative way to get around, but also as a means to see things from a different perspective. Soak up the majestic scenery of the Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway...

12 Diverse Trails In Mt. Hood Territory

Notices:
Pup Creek Falls Trail: currently access to the trail as well as the trail itself are closed due to the 2020 Riverside Wildfire. Please check Clackamas River Road closure notices on the US Forest Service website for updates. 

Mt. Hood Territory is home to over 1,000 miles of trails, which is a lot to consider when determining your next adventure...

7 Great Hikes For Wildflowers

Please Note: Many of these hikes are impacted due to wildfires and COVID-19. Please see below for details and check for closures before you go.

Late spring and summer are ideal times to hit the hiking trails if you love wildflowers. We curated a list of seven great hikes that will help add a little color to your life, as you hike in Mt. Hood Territory...

Hiking Trails In Mt. Hood Territory

Please note: Several of these trails are currently closed due to wildfire and COVID-19 impacts. See below for details. 

The trails in Mt. Hood Territory are a true hiker's paradise with glaciers, meadows and alpine lakes all within reach here...

Camping In Mt. Hood Territory: It's In Tents

Note: Some areas including Table Rock Wilderness are closed due to wildfire impacts. Please see below for more information.

Warm days and cool nights, sounds like perfect camping weather to us. Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory boasts 50 different campgrounds with a wide range of options...

Fall Hiking In Mt Hood Territory

Please note: Many favorite hiking areas were impacted by 2020 wildfires and are still closed. See below for details.

The Fall months in Mt. Hood Territory are the perfect time to discover the autumn foliage in the forests...


Know Now COVID-19 

The following articles have information on how to travel responsibly during COVID-19. Oregon's Governor implemented a reopening strategy beginning June 30, 2021 that included lifting statewide mask mandates. However, the impacts of COVID-19 are still being felt by businesses. Businesses may still ask patrons to wear a mask or use hand sanitizer, and as capacity limits end some businesses may struggle to increase staffing. Please be kind and patient as you explore. In addition, many major events have been cancelled for 2021. Read below to discover what you can expect to experience as Mt. Hood Territory's businesses begin reopening and rebuilding.

Indoor Adventure in Mt. Hood Territory
Adventure and fun are by no means limited to just outdoor recreation in Mt. Hood Territory. Head indoors for some adrenaline pumping good times. For a fast-paced action, head over to the Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle's Restaurant in Wilsonville. Open rain or shine, this 6-acre amusement park is just what you need for a full day of fun.
Dahlia Festival Primed To Amaze

The 2021 festival dates are TBD. Check their events page for updates. Their fields will be open from August through September and their gift shop is regularly open. Find open dates and details.


You could say Swan Island Dahlias in Canby is kind of a big deal when it comes to their chosen flower. The grower has been in operation for more than 90 years, and in addition to putting on the massive Dahlia Festival, they ship cut flowers and tubers worldwide. They also create new varieties...

Jump And Slide Your Way Into Sandy

Businesses called out in this story have different operating hours and procedures to ensure the highest level of service, while following COVID-19 health guidelines. Please visit their sites before making plans. Several require pre-arranged appointments or reservations.

You might think of the City of Sandy as the place with a beautiful view of Mt. Hood at Jonsrud Viewpoint or a spot to grab donuts on your way up or down the mountain. But the city itself has top notch spots for family fun, with all ages in mind.

Gifts Galore At The Country Christmas Bazaar in Canby

If you're the type of person who likes to get their Christmas shopping done early, then you may want to head over to the Clackamas County Event Center in Canby. Conversely, if that's not a habit of yours but you'd like to not be the last-minute type of person, maybe head over there too: the annual Christmas Country Bazaar is happening November 7-13, 2021, and it's the perfect opportunity to find the ideal presents for everyone on your list. 

Christmas in the Country at Philip Foster Farm

If you are looking for a nod to the past this Christmas season there is no better place to visit in Mt. Hood Territory then Philip Foster Farm in Eagle Creek for their Christmas in the Country event. This annual event, held on the first Saturday in December, runs from 11am-4pm featuring all things Christmas... from the past!

How to Experience Theater Performances in Mt. Hood Territory During COVID-19

Please Note: Many of the local theatre events in Mt. Hood Territory have postponed 2021 shows due to COVID-19 precautions. See below for details.

The theater scene looks a little different this year due to COVID-19, but companies and performers across Mt. Hood Territory have come up with creative ways to keep people involved with the live performing arts scene. And companies forgoing 2021 events have put their energy into the 2021-22 season, so you can plan ahead...

Cocktails To Go

Ordering food to go from your favorite restaurants has become the new standard. And beginning with the new year many restaurants are expanding their to-go options into an exciting liquid arena: cocktails! If you've been missing the joy of a cocktail crafted by the pros...

Covered Outdoor Patios In Mt. Hood Territory

We're beginning to see longer and sunnier days, but the rain that makes our destination so green and lush is still making its magic... meaning it can get wet out there! But with covered and heated patios across Mt. Hood Territory, you can still dine, sip and savor outside with all of the coziness of the indoors...

Online Shops In Mt. Hood Territory

Shop local from the comfort of home. It's a great time to discover foods, wines, treasures and treats while you think about future travel. Many of our local businesses have online stores, so you can shop your favorites for you, your family, or friends even if you can't make it to their doors...

Keeping Mt. Hood Territory's History Alive

Please Note: Due to COVID-19, the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is temporarily closed. Several of the Hands-On-History exhibits at the  Museum of the Oregon Territory are closed, as well as the Stevens-Crawford Heritage House. See below for details.

Oregon has a rich history filled with diverse stories from cultures that thrived here for centuries and others that came over the Oregon Trail. These tales are told and retold at numerous heritage sites, museums and interpretive centers to help keep the past alive...

Virtual Offerings in Mt. Hood Territory

While everyone practices social distancing, we know you may be missing out on some of your favorite Mt. Hood Territory experiences. Fortunately, many of our businesses have opened their doors in a virtual fashion, so you can enjoy a bit of what we have to offer without leaving your home...


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The following articles have updated information regarding business and natural area impacts and closures from various circumstances. Click an excerpt below to read the full article.

Great Kids' Fishing Spots In Mt. Hood Territory

Please note that the Indian Springs Trout Farm is closed due to wind damage and required cleanup. Check their calendar page to see if it has reopened/they have time slots available to book. 

Few things are more exciting for a kid than their first time fishing. Mt. Hood Territory is home to some excellent fishing holes specifically designed or designated for kids, so you can get busy making some memories with your family.

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