Boasting stunning views and climbing for participants of every level, Portland is an excellent mountain climbing destination. Take a weekend or a week off and head out for a mountaineering adventure in the backcountry of the Cascade Range. You won’t regret it.
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Situated in northwest Oregon, just south of the Columbia River Gorge and Washington state border, Portland is the perfect spot for a mountain climbing adventure.
Mount Hood is the city’s most popular mountain climbing destination. The potentially active volcano boasts various routes up to the summit, each of which is as scenic as the previous one and takes two days to complete.
Climbers looking for an intermediate-level challenge generally take the Leuthold Couloir or Coe Glacier route. Climbers looking for a slightly tougher challenge should try out the Newton Clark Glacier Route or the Sunshine Route. For beginners, the southside provides the easiest access to the summit.
Outside of Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson is another popular mountain climbing destination. The peak is among the most prominent in its section of the Cascade Range, about two hours south of Portland, and provides excellent views of the surroundings.
During the summer and autumn, Oregon experiences average daily temperatures of 20 ºC to 28 ºC. Summer and autumn are also the driest times of the year.
The best way to get to Portland is by flying into Portland International Airport (PDX). From here, it is easiest to rent a car to get to your final destination.
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