Mount Hood National Forest encompasses a total area of about 1.1 million acres of land that is located in the Cascade Mountain Range of northwestern Oregon. Other places close to the forest include Gresham, Hood River, and Portland. Access to the park can be gained using two main roads, US 26 and US 35.
The land where the forest sits was designated as a national forest on July 1, 1908, and the forest is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Mount Hood National Forest offers its visitors several fascinating attractions some of which include Timberline Lodge which was built in 1937 on Mount Hood. The forest is also home to almost 200,000 acres of designated wilderness land that includes Mount Hood Wilderness, Olallie Scenic Area, and a remote lake basin.
The forest has many other bodies of water including Rock Creek Reservoir, Trillium Lake, Timothy Lake, and Lost Lake. Other attractions to the forest include portions of the Old Oregon Trail including Barlow Road. Besides these attractions, the forest also offers other man-made amenities including one cabin, 20 day-use sites, trails, scenic drives, and a lookout tower.
These amenities can be used to enjoy several fun and relaxing activities like fishing, camping, rafting, mountain biking, ORV riding, hiking, horseback riding, snowboarding, snowmobiling, mountain climbing, boating, mushroom collecting, cross-country and downhill skiing, and berry picking. Visitors to Mount Hood National Forest can bring their dogs into the park although the management of the forest expects that dog owners will follow basic forest rules.
Some of the basic forest rules include ensuring that the dog owner supervises their dog at all times and this includes ensuring that their dog does not venture into dog-restricted areas of the forest. Additionally, dog owners are expected to immediately clean up after their dogs and dispose of the solid waste correctly.