Frequently Asked Questions

Geography & History

How did Mt. Hood get its name?

  • On October 29, 1792, Lt. William Broughton, under the command of George Vancouver, identified and named the peak after Lord Samuel Hood, a respected admiral of the British Royal Navy.

How tall is Mt. Hood?


What recreation sites require a Recreation Pass? What kind of pass do I need and where can I get it?

Where can I hike and where can I camp?

Are there trails for mountain biking, horseback riding or ATVs/OHVs?

  • Yes, each trail has designated user groups that are identified online and at the trailhead.  Off highway vehicles (OHV) trail systems information is here.  OHVs that are not street legal are prohibited on Forest roads.

Where am I required to possess a Sno-Park permit?

  • You must have a valid Sno-Park permit displayed in the windshield of your vehicle if you park in a designated Sno-Parks between November 15 and April 30. Each of these areas are posted with signs idenifying them as a Winter Recreation Area. Find more information and purchase a Sno-Park permit online through the OR Dept. of Transportation.  Passes are also sold by several local vendors, but are not avaible for purchase at Sno-Parks, so plan ahead.  Sno-Park fees are used for plowing Sno-Park areas and maintaining access.

Can I bring my pet with me?

  • Yes, but all dogs must be within sight of the owner and in complete voice control.  Developed areas may require leashes.  Every year dogs run off unexpectedly from their owner and are sadly permanently lost in the Forest.  Avoid the heartache and keep your dog on a leash at all times.
  • Cross-country skiers are encouraged to leave their dogs at home. Dogs punch holes in the set tracks with their paws, making the tracks difficult and dangerous to follow. 


How can I find a job with the U.S. Forest Service?

  • Check out our employment page. We offer a variety of employment opportunities (both paid and unpaid) ranging from student programs to volunteer programs, and full-time employment for men and women with skills in several areas.