Friday – August 5, 2016
Tour of Route 281
Hood River, Oregon
Pictures To Be Added Soon
The city of Hood River was established on September 30, 1858 and was incorporated in 1895.
Hood River is at the confluence of the Hood River and the Columbia River in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. The city is about 30 miles north of Mount Hood, the tallest peak in the state. It is across the Columbia River from White Salmon, Washington. South of the city is the Hood River Valley, known for its production of apples, pears, and cherries.
Located at the transition zone between wet temperate rainforest to the west, and dry shrub-steppe desert to the east, Hood River has a moderate climate with rainy winters and warm summers, although rainfall there is somewhat less than Portland and other nearby areas in the Willamette Valley. Hood River averages around 30 inches of precipitation a year, while Cascade Locks, 20 miles west, receives over 75 inches and The Dalles, 20 miles east, less than 15 inches. The area is known for its consistently high winds channeling down the Columbia River Gorge.
Tomorrow another adventure begins.