Swim, Bike, Fish, and Hike in the Mt. Hood National Forest

Your summer vacation in the Columbia River Gorge can involve a range of fantastic outdoor activities! From kiteboarding in Hood River to mountain biking some breathtaking trails, you’ll love the range of active opportunities to enjoy. And hiking, of course, is an absolute favorite summer activity. One of the best places to go hiking near the Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins is in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Oregon’s highest mountain is a stark monument amongst the Pacific Northwest landscape. Its snowy peak is a cherished sight among the clouds, and its lowland trails are perfect for a nature hike. 

For more information on summer outdoor activities in the Columbia River Gorge, download our free Vacation Guide. It features some of our favorite things to do, like explore the Mt. Hood National Forest and a variety of other nearby waterfalls and trails!

Mt. Hood National Forest Hiking

By far, the most popular activity to enjoy in the Mt. Hood National Forest is hiking. There are about 1,000 miles of trails waiting to be explored. Some of these trails are shared by cyclists, while others will take you into some secret gems of the forest. Some popular trails include the Pacific Crest Trail and those in both the Clackamas and ZigZag Ranger Districts. The Pacific Crest Trail is a particular favorite, featuring a long-distance hiking and equestrian pathway that runs through the national forest. And be sure to bring a picnic for a scrumptious and rewarding lunch at a scenic overlook.

Summer Recreation

Along with hiking, there are several other ways you can experience nature in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Bicycling, fishing, horseback riding, and scenic driving are a few other opportunities. There are both mountain biking and road cycling options, offering a range of terrains to navigate. In fact, 44 trails featuring 140 miles of cycling space are ideal for a thrilling adventure in the national forest. If casting a line is more your sport, then try fishing in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Lake, pond, river, and stream fishing opportunities abound for both the beginner and experienced angler. There are many other water activities in the Mt. Hood National Forest for you to enjoy. These include boating and swimming in over 150 lakes and 14 scenic rivers. Try soaking in the hot springs for an extra special experience.

Our Fishing Creel Luxury Cabin is the Perfect Summer Escape!

An oasis of serenity with breathtaking views and luxurious surroundings await you from the moment you step into our inviting Fishing Creel Cabin. The perfectly hung wicker fish basket compliment a pair of fishing pole-inspired lamps on either side of the king-size bed. Meanwhile, the leather chairs in front of the fireplace are placed ideally for your comfort at our cabins in Washington State. Perhaps an afternoon on the wooden porch swing or a board game stashed away in the wooden armoire is just what you need. Don’t miss a long, relaxing soak in the Jacuzzi tub or a walk in the meadow! Your summer retreat awaits.