Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River Gorge with White Salmon and Mt Hood in the background - Globetrotter
The mighty Columbia River cuts more than a 4,000 feet (1000 m) deep gorge through the Cascade Mountains. Along the river, the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area stretches for 80 miles (130 km) and provides magnificent views from various lookout points as well as biking and hiking trails. A must-see attraction is the nearly 620-foot (200 m) high Multnomah Falls, the most-visited natural landmark in Oregon. While in the gorge a visit to close-by majestic Mt. Hood cannot be forgotten. At 11,239 feet (3429 m) this volcanic peak is the highest point in Oregon. It is also the second most-climbed mountain in the world.