The Mt. Hood National Forest is located in the north center part of Oregon.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the Mt. Hood National Forest

Located twenty miles east of the city of Portland, Oregon, and the northern Willamette River valley, the Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mt. Jefferson.  Read more



Choose an Adventure                     Know Before you Go

Go Camping! Link to camping information on the forest. Got a Map? Link to available maps for the forest.
Go Hiking! Link to hiking opportunities on the forest. Need a Recreation Pass? Link to information on various passes available for standard amenity fee sites.

Mt. Hood Highlights

The Mt. Hood Highlights page is loaded with great photos and stories highlighting events and projects going on in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Check it out!

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A line of a field full of Christmas trees

Christmas tree tags and bough permits now on sale at our ranger district offices as well as many vendor locations throughout the region.


Temporary Hiring will begin November 30-December 7. Check out our Temporary Hiring page for more details.




Recent News


O Christmas Tree: Tips for Successful Christmas Tree Hunting

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This video gives some great tips on how to get your permit for, pick out, cut down, and transport your Christmas tree from your Mt. Hood National Forest. Get ready to participate in this time honored activity whether it's a new family tradition you're wanting to start or an annual event.

A Trip of a Lifetime: The Boy Scout Horse Camp on the Mt. Hood National Forest

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This highlights the great Boy Scout Horse Camp program hosted by the Mt. Hood National Forest. Get the inside look at what the program has meant to participants, the Forest Service, and the coordinator in this video with a beautiful campground backdrop.

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Temporary Hiring Begins Nov. 30!

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Check out our Temporary Hiring page for details. Hiring window is Nov. 30-Dec. 7

Every 4th Grader can Receive a Free Christmas Tree Cutting Permit this Season

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This holiday season every 4th grader nation-wide can receive a Christmas tree cutting permit for free! These special permits can only be obtained at our official Ranger District offices. 


Rare Sierra Nevada Red Fox Makes Home on Mt. Hood NF

Red Fox climbing over a log stealthily in the needle-ridden snow.

A rare Sierra Nevada Red Fox has been found through wildlife cameras and surveys. But despite this new discovery the species’ future is still tenuous at best.

New Document Regarding the Cooper Spur Land Exchange

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A new document regarding the Cooper Spur Land Exchange is now available on our website. Check it out!