Mount Hood is the dominant physical feature of the Portland area. It can be seen from several points around the city and is a popular object of photographers. It can also be seen across the Columbia River from several locations in Washington State. For those heading westward through the Columbia River Gorge on the way to Portland or the Pacific Ocean beyond, it can be seen almost the entire route.
Whether you view it from far away or want to drive up to it, go skiing, or get out and explore the trails and glaciers on its flanks, it’s a great destination.
Here are five fun facts about Mount Hood.
How Many Ski Areas?
There are a total of six ski areas on Mount Hood. They are: Timberline, Mount Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl, Cooper Spur, Snow Bunny, and Summit.
Native American Name
The name the Multnomah tribe calls Mount Hood by is “Wy’east”.
Both The Highest And 13th Highest
Mount Hood is the highest point in all of Oregon. When ranked nationally, this makes Oregon the 13th overall highest state based on its highest point. The 12 states ahead of Oregon with highest points that are higher are Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Hawaii, Wyoming, Washington, Colorado, California, and Alaska.
Who Named It?
Mount Hood received its modern name in 1792 when a ship from the Vancouver Expedition made it as far upstream in the Columbia Gorge as just east of where Portland sits now. The mountain was named in honor of Samuel Hood, Admiral of the British Fleet. It was named by Lieutenant William Robert Broughton.
There have been two United States Navy ammunition ships named the USS Mount Hood over the years. The first was commissioned in July of 1944 and destroyed in November of the same year at Manus Naval Base in the Admiralty Islands. The second was commissioned in May of 1971 and decommissioned in August of 1999.