Hood River’s Top Springtime Activities
With sunny skies, blossoms galore and thundering waterfalls, Hood River is the epitome of spring. Here are the top five ways to experience Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge this spring:
Celebrate Blossom Time.
During the month of April, the area celebrates spring during Hood River Valley Blossom Time (April 1-30), featuring family-friendly farm events, craft shows and beer, cider and wine tasting. Drive the Hood River County Fruit Loop, a gorgeous 35-mile drive that follows the county’s Scenic Tour Route and passes the valley’s plethora of orchards, wineries and farms. Blossom-seekers can drive the Fruit Loop in its entirety or in short hops from Hood River. Stop along the way to pick up baked goods, preserves, yarn, fresh produce, wine, cider and more.
Attend the Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest.
Sample ciders from Hood River County and other Northwest cideries at this day-long festival set among the blossoming fruit trees of the Hood River Valley. The festival features more than 20 cideries with more than 40 ciders on tap, local food vendors, a kid’s area and local music.
Travel the Historic Columbia River Highway.
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of this Oregon icon. Visitors to Hood River can walk and bike the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail from the Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead to Mosier. This 5-mile trail section, which is closed to vehicles, features amazing views of the Gorge and two tunnels. This is a great family adventure!
Take a wildflower hike.
Don’t miss the balsamroot and other wildflowers in bloom March through May along the Mosier Plateau Trail. The trail begins in the town of Mosier, follows Mosier Creek through the Pocket Park (community park), and ends on Mosier Plateau, which is owned by Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust. Search for more wildflower hikes here.
Hunt for waterfalls.
Spring run-off from Mt. Hood means thundering waterfalls in the the Columbia River Gorge, which has the highest concentration of waterfalls in North America. Beautiful Tamanawas Falls is just 20 minutes from downtown Hood River. A 3.5-mile loop will take you to a 125-foot falls that you can walk behind and into a large dry cave. Find resources to lead you to more Gorge waterfall hikes here.