Mt. Hood is a stratovolcano found in Northern America. The Multnomah Tribe in the region often calls it “Wyeast”. The mountain is the highest peak in Oregon. It also contains about twelve glaciers. Mt. Hood is considered dormant, although it can be potentially active, according to the USGS. Since 1972, the mountain has maintained a definite summit elevation. However, mild seismic activities have decreased its height.
Mt. Hood is located in the east-southeast portion of Portland, Oregon. Many tourists visit this magnificent mountain because of the numerous ski areas such as Timberline, Summit, Snow Bunny, Ski Bowl, Cooper Spur and Mount Hood Meadows. There are wilderness areas, forests and several hiking trails all over Mt. Hood. The forest in Mount Hood provides many types of recreation to the tourists including skiing, camping, fishing, boating, berry-picking, mountain climbing and rafting.
The mountain is home to different species of mammals such as the deer, black bear and elk. There are also herons, wood ducks and mallards that can be seen in the forest. Bird-watching is another activity at Mt. Hood, as many types of birds fly over Mt. Hood. Hummingbirds, woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Stellar Jays and Meadowlarks are among the common birds in Mt. Hood.
The best time of the year to visit Mt. Hood is in the summer, preferable June to August. During these months, the tourists can take advantage of the pleasant weather that can make it easy to travel. Moreover, the summer is the best time to go hiking or mountain climbing at Mt. Hood. However, ski enthusiasts may want to visit the mountain during winter.