Top 10 Things to do in Rhododendron, United States

January 25, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Rhododendron is an unincorporated community in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. It is located within the Mount Hood Corridor, between Government Camp and Zigzag on U.S. Route 26 (a.k.a. the Mount Hood Scenic Byway). It is one of the communities that make up the Villages at Mount Hood.
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1. Mount Hood National Forest

65000 E Highway 26, Welches, OR 97067-9604 +1 503-622-7674
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5 based on 159 reviews

Mount Hood National Forest

Scenic area that extends south from scenic Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams.

Reviewed By got2bebiking - Saint Louis, Missouri

This whole area is beautiful. I really enjoyed the views of Mount Hood on a clear day. Many hiking trails in this area

2. Timberline Lodge

Timberline Road, Timberline Lodge, OR 97028 +1 503-272-3311
Excellent
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4.5 based on 285 reviews

Timberline Lodge

Reviewed By Mike L - West Linn

The hotel in Yellowstone at Old Faithful is a wonder if intricate "found wood" balconies, open space, nice rooms, and more. Timberline Lodge however, is right in there with the best of them. The massive timbers and stonework fireplaces, hand carved piecs all around, in-your-face views of Mt. Hood (exept when the huge windows are completely buried in snow), the long views down the Cascades to the south, the historical displays and touches all around, and more make this a place you really should visit.
Others here have detailed the origins of this impressive building so I won't bother. I'll just urge you to drive up to see it.

3. Trillium Lake

National Forest Development Road 2612, Government Camp, OR 97028 +1 503-272-3220
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4.5 based on 370 reviews

Trillium Lake

Reviewed By Mimi E - San Antonio, Texas

This gem of a park provides a stunning view of Mount Hood, which reflects onto the lake. You can either camp at Trillium Lake, or arrive early in the morning. This park is run by a concessionaire, and so is not covered by a Pacific Northwest Pass nor by a National Parks Service Pass. Parking costs $5; campsites are additional.

4. Ramona Falls Trail

Mt. Hood National Forest, Rhododendron, OR
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5 based on 21 reviews

Ramona Falls Trail

Reviewed By lovebasketball123 - Spokane, Washington

Ramona Falls was gorgeous! At the beginning of the hike, you do have to cross the Sandy River by walking across fallen trees since the bridge crossing was out. However, that was a fun adventure in itself. I wouldn't recommend it for young children however, we did see kids on the trail. I enjoyed the hike but my favorite part was the waterfall!

5. Timberline Lodge Ski Area

Timberline Lodge, OR +1 503-272-3311
Excellent
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4.5 based on 281 reviews

Timberline Lodge Ski Area

Reviewed By Kelleygirl2 - Sarasota, Florida

Without a clear understanding of lunch options and distances to our next destination, we began our drive up the incredibly steep switch backed road to Hood Mountain. Along the way we passed a sign for the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). I couldn’t imagine anyone fool enough to hike that in this heat! When we arrived at the mountain I asked how long the chairlift would run and was told we had 15 minutes to catch the last ride to the top. We ran into the WY’East Day Lodge, grabbed a sandwich to go then hopped on the (expensive for the short duration) Magic Mile Sky Ride and up we went. Some skiers and snow boarders passed us riding down the mountain on the chairlift while others, even in this heat, were skiing in the few patches of snow left on the mountain. It was surprisingly warm at the top of the lift and when we got off I dug my bare fee in the snow wishing I could have been summer skiing in my shorts.

The view was pretty spectacular from the top. On this clear day blue-gray mountains rimmed the horizon and although I didn’t have my bearings, the snow capped mountain in the distance was either Mt St Helen, Mt Jefferson or the Three sisters. Whatever it was it was beautiful. After we had descended from our lofty perch and stepped off the chairlift we walked back toward the lodge passing a sea of color. Brilliant blue broadleaf Lupine, wild Pink Alpine Phlox, bright yellow Sulphur Flower, Pearly Everlasting, and Pussypaws carpeted the woodland floor under the dark hemlocks. The Timberline Lodge, at 6,000 feet, is halfway between the WY’East Lodge and the Magic Mile Sky Ride. A three story stone fireplace sits in the center of the main lobby with comfortable seating surrounding the fireplace. Large glass windows face the south slope of snow-covered Mt. Hood. Decorative themes of Native American, pioneer and wildlife in stone, wood, iron and textiles are repeated throughout the interior. The rustic lodge was dedicated by President Roosevelt in 1937 and is now a National Historic Landmark.

6. Salmon River Trail

Mount Hood National Forest, Welches, OR
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Salmon River Trail

Reviewed By alibarbaraMilwaukee - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Nice easy terrain with views to the river. We actually did the old salmon river trail portion of this. You need a national access pass to use the trail because it's in a national forest. Lots of cool opportunities to talk about moss on trees, bugs, old growth forests, and just all around fun. We found a sandy beach and got our toes in the icy water too.

7. Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness

70220 E Highway 26, Rhododendron, OR 97049-8701 +1 503-622-3191
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5 based on 2 reviews

Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness

Reviewed By Sandilo - Rhododendron, Oregon

Hike along the Salmon River! Very easy trail and wonderful places to stop along the river for a bit of reflection and a snack!

8. Mt. Hood Ski Bowl

87000 E Highway 26, Government Camp, OR 97028-2518 +1 503-272-3206
Excellent
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4 based on 194 reviews

Mt. Hood Ski Bowl

When the snow starts to fall on Mt. Hood, fans of winter eagerly await news of opening day at Skibowl, America’s Largest Night Ski Area and home to the Snow Tube & Adventure Park featuring Cosmic Tubing. Skibowl provides snow riders with 960 acres in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The resort features 34 fully lit night runs, 65 runs total and a vertical drop of 1,500. With the most Black Diamondruns anywhere in Oregon, Skibowl appeals to accomplished riders, night and day. Those in the know are lured to Skibowl’s Outback, the legendary expansive gladed terrain with forested steeps, open glades and ungroomed slopes that are nothing short of heavenly. In summer, Skibowl transforms into the Mt. Hood Adventure Park, Oregon’s premier Summer Attraction offering something for everyone! We've got great activities for the whole family, the Adrenaline junkies, the naturalists and even the young ones! Our friendly and experienced staff will make sure your visit to the Mt. Hood Adventure park is memorable and fun, guiding you through over 20 attractions where you’re in control! Come try the Northwests only 1/2 mile dual Alpine Slide, Freefall Bungee Jumping, the Malibu Raceway, the new Amaze'n Maze, 800' long Zip Lines and more at Mt Hood Skibowl's Summer Adventure Park!

Reviewed By GregQuixote - Seattle, Washington

They're probably better at their ski activities but the summer attractions are kind of weak. There are piles of plywood and other building material debris as a result of what I assume are major summer maintenance activities while they are preparing for the upcoming ski season.

I was originally a little irked at the ticket pricing structure until I found out that just wasn't that much to do there. They sell "all day" passes but the park is only open from 11 to 5. That seems more like a half day to me. As it turned out we didn't even stay for a half of that "half day".

But the real problem came at the Malibu Race track. They supposedly had a rule about no open toed footwear. So I had to go back to my truck to get my friend a spare pair of shoes I had brought for myself. They were about 3 sizes too large for her but she made them work. We wouldn't have been upset over the rule but then we saw another woman allowed to drive with a very cheap pair of Wal*Mart flip flops, much less protective than my friends leather sandals that nearly enclosed her toes.

9. Mount Hood

Mount Hood area Highway 26 & Highway 35., Hood River, OR 97031 +1 800-872-4661
Excellent
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5 based on 485 reviews

Mount Hood

The tallest mountain in Oregon.

Reviewed By Traveler O - Tampa

Drove from Portland through Columbia Gorge - lots of great waterfalls and vistas. Stayed in Hood River Best western then drove through fruit and lavender valleys to Timberline Lodge. Got a last minute reservation at the Lodge - don't be afraid to ask to change to a better room if get stuck near dining smells. Great short and long walks from the lodge. food is a bit pricey.
Next day went to Zig Zag Falls - really nice and fairly easy walk for a moderate distance. watch for the kiwanis camp sign as easy to miss. on north side of US Hwy 26. Trillium lake was ok; i prefered zig zag falls.

10. Henry Creek High Country Guides

Po Box 213, Rhododendron, OR 97049-0213 +1 503-998-9537
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5 based on 2 reviews

Henry Creek High Country Guides

Reviewed By David P - Hillsboro, Oregon

We really enjoyed our trip fly fishing with Tyler. We were fishing on the beautiful Trillium Lake, with a gorgeous view of the mountain. We had the lake almost to our selves. The trout were fighting and biting. Tyler fixed Smoked Pork tacos for lunch. My brother flew in from Texas, I wanted to show him a good time. He had a blast. I will be back soon. We fished from a boat, there is an option to hike back to a secret spot. Not going to say anymore on that. It is a secret! I do want to try ice fishing later this year.

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