Keep your Mt. Hood adventure stress free!
Follow these safety tips when visiting Mt Hood, Oregon, and always notify family or friends of your trip itinerary including your expected return schedule. Many parts of the Mt. Hood National Forest have little to no cell phone service, including sections of major highway routes!
Driving on Forest Roads
Do not always rely on Google Maps to reach a destination, especially in winter when most forest roads are covered in snow. Check other sources such as trail guides, etc. Obey posted Oregon speed limits; most of the Mt Hood National Forest roads are one-lane roads with some turnouts for meeting oncoming traffic. These roads are not designed or maintained for high speeds.
Remember that braking on a forest gravel road is much different than on pavement and your braking time will take longer. Plan to encounter rocks, boulders, road washouts, downed trees and brush encroaching on the roadway. Make sure that when you travel a more primitive road, your vehicle is suitable for such use. Beware of oncoming traffic and commercial traffic such as log trucks.
National Forest roads will take you away from the Villages of Mt Hood, which means that food, water, gas, and lodging may not be easy to find at a moment’s notice. Always carry proper equipment, tools, flashlights, batteries and food supplies when exploring the gravel roads throughout the Mt Hood national forest.
Always let someone know your plans and stick to those plans.
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