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Ride Up, Then Hike or Bike Down!

Ride Up, Then Hike or Bike Down!

Riding the Scenic Sky Chair to the Upper Bowl is a great experience for all ages! 

You’ll get unmatched and stunning views of Mt. Hood and other mountain peaks in the Cascade Mountain Range.   

Hop on the Lower Bowl chairlift on the west side then relax on your ride up the mountain.  You’ll enjoy views of meadows filled with gorgeous wildflowers such as the Indian Paintbrush, Lupine, Bear Grass and Cow Parsnip, along with towering Douglas Firs and Western Hemlock trees.  Keep your eyes open for active wildlife, such as the black-tail deer, black bear,  bobcat, chipmunks and Douglas squirrels. 

At the top of the first Scenic Sky Chair, you’ll exit and have a short walk past the Historic Warming Hut to the landing of the second Scenic Sky Chair.  Built during the same time period as Timberline Lodge, the Warming Hut is a popular spot for summer weddings with a terrific Mt. Hood view.    

Next, get on the Upper Bowl chairlift that will carry you to the top of Tom, Dick & Harry Mountain. The terrain changes, with more diverse plant life, like Pacific Rhododendron, Mountain Hemlock, Huckleberry, True Firs, and bright pink rock Penstemon. 

 Once at the top enjoy the view from your elevation of 5,100 feet. Truly stunning! Beside Mt. Hood, from the top of the mountain, (a.k.a. Tom, Dick, and Harry peak), you’ll see four other volcanic mountain peaks, with a clear sky, including Mt. Jefferson (10,246’), Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams (12,276’) and Mt. Ranier (14,410’).

When its time to come down, you can ride the scenic chair back to the base area or continue your adventure, exploring the marked Interpretive Trails, Mountain Bike Trails or even play 18 holes of disc golf down the face of the Lower Bowl.  There are over forty miles of marked trails to follow. 

Tip:   Head west along the ridgeline and hike down to Mirror Lake, a favorite destination.

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