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Life in Hood River

We love it here! Hood River is a beautiful community where the people are warm and friendly, the town has so much to offer, and the scenery can’t be beat. Don’t be fooled by its small size-- Hood River is a dynamic and interesting place. An outdoor enthusiasts dream, Hood River has it all: hiking trails, mountain biking, camping, skiing, kite and wind surfing. After a hard day playing outside, we have everything from fine dining to taco trucks, as well as several breweries and wineries. For dessert, head out to the Fruit Loop where you can pick cherries, apples, and pears right off the tree. See the websites below for more information about the town and the surrounding area. Portland, a large cultural center, is a quick 1 hour drive through the lovely Columbia Gorge. Pictures provided below were taken by our residents, others by faculty.

Balsam Root Wildflowers in May on the Whoopdee Trail with Mt Hood in the background
One of Dr Gobbo's buddies posing at sunset overlooking the Hood River Valley from the east
Lost Lake and Mt. Hood: Your row boat awaits you!

Mt. Adams and Mt St. Helens as seen from the Whoopdee Trail in Hood River
Catherine Creek Arch
Catherine Creek Arch

Hiking in the Columbia River Gorge
The Gorge

Residents on a hike
Residents hiking in the gorge

Camping in Mount Hood National Forrest

Residents Enjoying a Portland Timbers Game

Annual Residency RetreatSunset over the West Ridge and Mt. Defiance (Oregon) and Underwood Mountain (Washington)