Mt Hood, the highest peak in Oregon (11,249 ft at its peak) was the destination at the end of our drive today.  It is one of several volcanic mountains in Oregon and Washington.2010-08-14 OR, Columbia Gorge -Mt. Hood Scenic Drive 1001 From our campground in Rufus, we took a 225 mile circuitous route through the countryside to Mt. Hood, returning through Hood River, and crossing the Columbia to finish our drive on the Washington side (see map at bottom of post).

The countryside went through several changes, 2010-08-14 OR, Columbia Gorge -Mt. Hood Scenic Drive 1011 from hilly, dry and barren past 2010-08-14 OR, Columbia Gorge -Mt. Hood Scenic Drive 1008 irrigated farmland to

2010-08-14 OR, Columbia Gorge -Mt. Hood Scenic Drive 1015evergreen forests.

Mt. Hood is majestic2010-08-14 OR, Columbia Gorge -Mt. Hood Scenic Drive 1040  as were our views of Mt. Jefferson2010-08-14 OR, Columbia Gorge -Mt. Hood Scenic Drive 1026 and Mt. Adams both in the distance.2010-08-14 OR, Columbia Gorge -Mt. Hood Scenic Drive 1062

The drive back through Washington is just as impressive as the Oregon side of the river.2010-08-14 OR, Columbia Gorge -Mt. Hood Scenic Drive 1087

We will enjoy the “fruits of our drive” for several days after stopping at a local farmer’s stand.2010-08-14 OR, Columbia Gorge -Mt. Hood Scenic Drive 1104

For a slideshow of the day, including pictures from the historic Mt. Hood Lodge, click on the collage:

Mt Hood

hood river

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