Activities and Things to Do (18)

What is there to do at your resort and the surrounding areas?

Enjoy a hike, a book, a swing, a walk, a swim, a movie, or some world famous gardens. See creatures of all kinds, from all over the world at our own Portland  Zoo.   Take a trip to the ocean and comb the beaches for sea shells, or visit the Aquarium.   Try your skiing/snowboarding ability level at one or all three resorts on the slopes of Mount Hood, a ride down the alpine slide (seasonal), or float down some white water rapids (seasonal).   Enjoy a brunch cruise on the Sternwheeler or a Dinner Excursion on the Mount Hood Railroad.   Experience the fruit and wine tasting area of the northwest, some within minutes of the resort.   Head East and in a short time you are in the high desert, with spectacular sights and an entirely different weather system.

Is your resort fun for the whole family?

We are family fun. We have a great playground for the kids, and a basketball hoop for some B-ball time.   We also have a variety of family friendly movies.   In the summer we have kids’ crafts for all to enjoy.   There is a nature trail about 1/8th of a mile long down to the river and we are located only a couple of miles from Wildwood Park.   And, let’s not forget our year-round swimming pool located on site for all your family fun.

Do we have any off site sponsored activities?

Whispering Woods does not sponsor any off site activities, however, we do partner with several other resorts and outfitters to make your stay more enjoyable.   We partner with The Resort at the Mountain for Golf,  Tennis, Lawn Bowling, The Spa and Dining.   We partner with Timberline for Seasonal Lift Tickets at a discounted rate and with White Water Rafting and Fishing.

Do you offer any on site adult activities?

We do!  We offer adult swim time from 8 AM to 9 AM everyday and we have Bingo every Saturday at 6:30 PM.   We also have dessert night on Sundays.   These two events are fun for adults and kids alike, so come on out and enjoy.

Where’s the best place to hear music?

The Skyway Bar and Grill is the closest family friendly restaurant/bar for live music.

Timberline Lodge  sometimes has offers small concerts.   During the summer, the City of Sandy has a small concert series in the local park.

Edgefield, which is located in Troudale  also has a summer concert series and fun atmosphere.

Many local establishments offer karaoke and Smokey Hearth in Sandy hosts “kids karaoke” every Friday evening.

Do you have sporting equipment for loan/rent?

We do have basketballs available at the front desk to check out during your stay.  The Resort at The Mountain located nearby offers bike rentals, and tennis court rentals are available to the public.  Mountain Sports located at the Hoodland Plaza also has bike rentals and assorted Summer and Winter activity rentals.

What kind of passes do we need?

In the winter months, to park at ski resorts, trailheads or in Government Camp, a snow park permit is required for each vehicle.  In the summer months a national forest recreation pass is required at most hiking trailheads.  We offer both 1-day and 3-day passes for winter and summer at our front desk.

Where can I rent kayaks, canoes, and boats?

You can rent kayaks and canoes through:

Mountain Sports, located in Welches (503) 622-3120

Mt. Hood Adventure (503-715-2175), located at Ski Bowl. (Delivery and pick up to local lakes including Trillium, Frog, Clear and Timothy lakes are available. Call to make arrangements at 503-715-2175.)

You can rent boats, kayaks, and canoes at Lost Lake Resort.



Do you allow social/event gatherings (weddings/reunions)?

 Whispering Woods does not have a conference room to host such events.  However, if several participants are staying at Whispering Woods, we will do our best to accommodate these guests by providing condos which are located close to each other.  Also, we can provide you with possible venues to contact for your gathering.

Do you have a spa on site?

No we do not have a spa on site, but The Resort at the Mountain right next door has a wonderful spa and Mt. Hood Massage is only a mile away.  Ruby’s Spa at Edgefield in Troutdale is about 40 minutes from Whispering Woods. We also have serveral licensed massage therapists in our area.

What does your resort offer to families for fun?

We have a  Saturday scavenger hunt, coloring contests, movie night,  bingo night, and ice cream Sunday night. There is a playground on property and also a basketball hoop.   There is a great park nearby, as well as other seasonal activities.

Where can we whitewater raft?

There are three major rivers in the state of Oregon that are ideal for whitewater rafting – all within an hour’s drive of Whispering Woods Resort:

Clackamas River – a moderate whitewater river, 30 miles southeast of Portland.

Deschutes River – the most popular whitewater rafting destination located in the high desert is an hour’s drive from Whispering Woods Resort taking US-26 east to OR-216 to Maupin.

Sandy River– the closest to Whispering Woods Resort, the Sandy river is 30 minutes from the resort heading west on Hwy 26.

The following rafting outfitters offer guided rafting trips for these rivers and more:

Blue Sky Whitewater Rafting

River Drifters

Oregon River Experiences

River Trails Deschutes

Where are the waterfalls?

The Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area is bejeweled with an array of sparkling waterfalls.  There is a map available in our guest concierge corner and the front desk staff is happy to help with your questions.

The scenic area consists of 77 tiered, plunging and horsetail waterfall formations.  All can be reached from Route 30 Historic Columbia River Highway which parallels Highway 84.  For the sake of space we will cover the more popular falls here.

Multnomah Falls –  is the country’s second largest year-round waterfall and is the most popular waterfall for residents and visitors alike.  Multnomah Falls is located in Bridal Veil, Oregon:  From Whispering Woods Resort take US 26 W/Mt Hood Hwy to I-84 E/US 30 E toward Hood River. Take exit 28 toward Bridal Veil/Historic Columbia River Hwy, then merge onto E Bridal Veil Rd. Continue onto E Historic Columbia River Hwy. Multnomah Falls will be flowing away on your left. Enjoy the lodge, shop and restaurant while you’re there!

Latourell Falls – also is on the Historic Columbia River Highway.   From Whispering Woods turn left onto US-26 W/Mt. Hood Hwy; proceed for 25 miles. Turn right onto SE  Palmquist Rd then left onto SE 257thDr/NE Kane Dr, continue for 2 miles. Turn right onto SE Stark Street then right onto E Crown Point Hwy/Historic Columbia River Hwy.  Make a left onto E Bell Rd and continue on E Historic Columbia River Hwy for 6 miles.  Latourell Falls is a tiered falls that includes a picnic area from which to view the lower falls while you munch.

Shepperd’s Dell – is one mile from Latourell Falls along the Historic Highway off Interstate 84. Pack a picnic lunch and dine outdoors at Shepperd’s Dell State Park after you experience this combination of tiered and horsetail falls.

Bridal Veil Falls– Continuing further on Route 30 from Sheppard’s Dell Falls you will come to Bridal Veil Falls with its upper and lower tiered display. Wear your hiking boots for the 2.2 mile round trip or, if you didn’t bring your boots, you can conveniently view the falls from I-84.

Wahkeena Falls – 3 miles east of Bridal Veil Falls and .5 miles east of Multnomah Falls is WahkeenaFalls replete with a convenient picnic area from which to view its 242 feet plunging falls.

Where is the “Fruit Loop”?

A wonderful day trip from Whispering Woods, the Fruit Loop is a 56-mile scenic drive along Hwy 35 that meanders through the communities, orchards, vineyards, farmlands, and forests of Hood River County.  Hood River itself is along  the path.  The journey goes along the scenic Columbia Gorge and the mighty Columbia River.

From Whispering Woods Resort, the closest farm on the Fruit Loop, on Hwy 35 is Aubert Fruit Company, 6955 Hwy. 35, Mt. Hood. This location is a 40 mile drive from the resort heading north on Hess Road. If you are visiting the town of Hood River, the official Fruit Loop starting point is Cherry Karma’s “Purple Pit Stop” located at 1120 Eastside Road in Hood River.

Plan on taking a whole day touring the Fruit Loop and its irresistible offerings of baked goods, fresh fruit, nuts, jams and jellies, berries and award winning wines — and say hello to a few friendly Alpaca while you’re at it.

Maps of the Fruit Loop are available at our resort and the Hood River Visitor’s center off exit 63 on I-84 and at all Fruit Loop locations. You can also pick up a map at the Hood River Country Store, on the south end of the Hood River Valley, on Hwy 35.

Can I climb Mt Hood?

Yes, you can climb Mt. Hood. In fact, Mt. Hood is one of the most climbed glaciated peaks in North America and the second most climbed mountain in the world!

The Mazama’s climbing group have been climbing Mt. Hood for over a century.

Mt. Hood’s shortest and most popular climb to the summit is South Side/Hogsback, a class 2 climb which begins at Timberline’s parking area.

There are four climbing approaches:

1. Timberline Approach
2. Cooper Spur Approach
3. Cathedral Ridge Approach (class 3 to 4)
4. Illumination Saddle Approach with maximum angles ranging from ~50⁰ to ~60⁰


What are the top 3 things we should do during our stay?

Timberline Lodge, this unique architecture and artistry was built in the late 1930’s as a project of President Roosevelt and the Works Progress Administration.   It sits at just about 6,000ft in elevation and is known for its year around snow sports, restaurants and the filming of  “The Shining”.

 Multnomah Falls,   This falls is one of many that you can see year around here in the northwest.   The cascading water provides some cooling in the summer and some real beauty in the winter.

 Washington Park is a unique area of Portland and includes the Oregon Zoo, The International Rose Test Gardens and the Japanese Gardens.   You will not be disappointed with the beauty, the views, and the history of each of these locations.

What is there to do and see in Portland?

For the outdoor enthusiasts, activities in Portland include:

Hiking – Portland has consistently ranked as one of America’s best walking cities, featuring dozens of hiking trails with degrees of difficulty ranging from easy to moderate.

Distances range from 1.4 miles (SW Portland’s Marshall Park Hike), to as long as 30 miles in the nation’s largest urban wilderness, Forest Park.
Sources: Portland Hikers.org, Forest Park

Jogging – Pick up the pace and enjoy Portland’s 2.9 mile Waterfront Park Loop Waterfront Park – Eastbank Esplanade Loop

Bicycling – If you’re more of a peddler, bike your way around Portland on the hundreds of miles of bike friendly roads and paths.

Golf – Portland boasts two of Golf Digest’s 75 top rated public golf courses in the nation: Heron Lakes Golf Course and Eastmoreland Golf Course. Another of Portland’s golf boastings is Pumpkin Ridge, 2 miles NW of Portland, which hosted the 2003 U.S. Women’s Open.

Water Sports – Not only does Portland have solid trails and courses it also possess miles of waterways.  Paddle the Willamette River right through downtown Portland in a rented kayak:  Portland Kayak Company. Or have fun exploring one of two (or why not both) of Portland’s protected wildlife sanctuaries, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area

If canoeing or kayaking isn’t your thing but you’ve got a hankering to be in the water, perhaps swimming is more to your liking.  The city of Portland offers 13 indoor and outdoor public swimming pools: Portland’s Public Swimming Pools open mid-June to early September.

Portland also offers numerous water parks, fountains and water features to splash in and cool off during the hot summer months.

And, for the person who enjoys indoor entertainment, the Portland Art Museum, offers amazing year -round displays and exhibits which tour nationally and worldwide.  Downtown Portland is a cultural potpourri with places like the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall,  The Portland Symphony, ballet and comedy clubs just to mention a few but for a pretty good overview of what there is to do in Portland, visit the Guardian website as well as Travel Portland…you will not be at a loss for places to visit.

What are some rainy day activities for kids?

Even it if rains, there is always something to do at Whispering Woods, in the Mt. Hood Territory or in the cities and towns within about an hour’s drive. Here are a few ideas for kids

We always have a coloring contest going at the Clubhouse.

Rent a kid-friendly DVD and watch it in the Clubhouse big screen TV or in your own unit.

Visit Wildwood Park (aka Wildwood Recreation Site), a great outlet even in the rain.

Visit the Sandy Library, a 20 minute drive from the resort. On certain days, they have story times.

Drive to Portland, about 60 minutes from the resort, and go to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Much of the museum is geared towards kids.

Visit the Portland Children’s Museum.

Inquire at the Clubhouse Front Desk for directions and visit our Things to Do page for many more ideas!

Biking (3)

Are there places to ride mountain bikes around the resort?

We have a map of our local residential area, which is nice for casual bike riding.   Wildwood Recreation Site is a 680 acre park on Hwy 26 and is a great place for mountain biking and is about 2 miles from Whispering Woods Resort.  The front desk staff will be happy to give you directions.

Is there biking on Barlow Trail?

There is a nice mountain biking area on Barlow Trail Road heading West toward Marmot.  Barlow Trail Road itself does not have an adequate bike path on the side of the road, so if you bike there, be very careful.

Do you have bikes for rent?

We do not rent bikes, but bike rentals are available seasonally at The Resort at The Mountain next door.  Mountain Sports, which is located nearby in the Hoodland  Shopping Center, offers discounts to Whispering Woods guests on a variety of sports equipment.

Check-In / Check-Out (6)

What is check-in time?

Our guaranteed check-in time is 4 p.m.

What is check-out time?

Check-out time is 11 a.m. Due to occupancy and cleaning schedules, we cannot accommodate late check-out requests.

How do I check in after hours?

Come to the Whispering Woods Resort Clubhouse like you would during regular business hours. To the right of the Clubhouse door is a wooden telephone box that says “LATE CHECK-IN PHONE” on the front.

Open the door and follow directions on the inside of the door. You will be instructed to dial a number on the phone to talk with an operator. The operator will instruct you on how to get keys and a map to your unit.

How do I check out before or after hours?

If you plan to check out before or after regular business hours, please come to the Clubhouse Front Desk any time prior to your check-out and take care of your charges.  If and when you check out of your unit before or after hours, leave your keys in the drop box outside and to the right of the Clubhouse front door door.

Can I check in early?

Yes, if your unit is ready for occupancy.  Our guaranteed check-in time is 4 PM  but we often have rooms become available before that time.

Can I check out late?

Our regular check-out time is 11 a.m. We cannot accommodate late check-out requests due to incoming guests.  However, you may check with the Front Desk to see if this is possible.

Clubhouse Activities (12)

Will there be bingo tonight?

 Bingo happens every Saturday night as long as there are enough people to play!

Do you have a game room?

 We do not have a game room, but we have a lot of board games to check out.  There are arcade rooms available, when dining, at the Zig Zag Inn and the Shack, both of which are family friendly until 9 PM.

What does your resort offer to families for fun?

We have a  Saturday scavenger hunt, coloring contests, movie night,  bingo night, and ice cream Sunday night. There is a playground on property and also a basketball hoop.   There is a great park nearby, as well as other seasonal activities.

Do you have a workout facility there?

Yes,  the workout room is located inside the Clubhouse.

Is the coffee complimentary in the clubhouse?

We do offer complimentary coffee and tea in the Clubhouse. There are also packets of decaf and regular coffee, for your coffee makers for a small charge in the clubhouse.

Do you provide continental breakfast?

We do not. However, there are many restaurants located within five minutes of the resort and they prepare wonderful breakfasts!

How late are you open?

The staff at the clubhouse is available 8 AM to 10 PM during summer hours and 8 AM to 8 PM during regular hours.  The pool, hot tub, sauna and weight room close fifteen minutes before the office.

Why don’t they leave more daily papers?

Unfortunately, that is up to the newspaper service…we have no control of it.

Can I get change for a newspaper?

Yes.  The front desk opens at 8 AM and the staff is happy to make change for you.

Why aren’t the newspapers complimentary?

 We do not own the paper kiosk. Therefore the papers are not free.

Do you have babysitting services at your resort?

 No, we do not offer babysitting services at Whispering Woods.  There is a daycare located in Rhododendron that offers childcare  from 6AM to 6:30 PM Monday-Friday.  The number is 503-622-3871

Do you have Wi-Fi and is there a charge for guests to access it.

 Wi-Fi is available, completely free of charge and password protected.   At check-in you are provided with the server access code.

Dining (13)

What’s the best place for breakfast?

The best breakfast spots would be the Barlow Trail Roadhouse, the Still Creek Inn or the Zig Zag Cafe.  The front desk staff will be happy to direct you to these restaurants and menus are available to view also.

Are there restaurants in the area that deliver?

The Lucky Tan Chinese Restaurant and Mogul  Mountain Pizza both located in Welches deliver.

Do you have coupons for El Burro Loco?

 No, but the prices are very reasonable.

Where can I order pizza?

For delivery, Mogul Mountain Pizza located in the Hoodland Plaza.  Zig Zag Inn has been famous for its pizza for over 30 years!

Can you recommend family friendly dining?

Zig Zag Inn is a great family place with lots of food options and a video arcade area for the kids to play.

The Skyway is family friendly until 10PM and has lots of kids activities in the summer months.

 El Burro Loco is also a great family atmosphere with kids menu options.

 Still Creek Inn has a kids menu with counter, cafe, or dining room seating.


Are there any vegetarian restaurants here?

There are many vegetarians in our community so most of the restaurants offer vegetarian dishes.  The Wraptitude offers a large selection of healthy dining options.

Where would you recommend to have a nice dinner?

The Rendezvous Grill and Tap Room located on Hwy 26 is a delicious dining experience and is open for lunch and dinner.  Their motto is “serious food in a not so serious place”  Don’t miss the dessert tray!!

El Burro Loco is a Mexican restaurant and is excellent.

Both of these restaurants are located about 1.5 miles from the resort.

The Altitude at the Resort at The Mountain has a nice atmosphere and traditional menu items.  It is fine dining at it finest.

Still Creek Inn, located in Rhododendron, was voted the best steaks on the mountain.  A full service bar and wines for every palate are offered.  Chef/owner Brigette Romeo, will take care of you.

Are there any restaurants within walking distance?

 The Altitude is the closest resultant located at the Resort at The Mountain.   In the summer months, The Mallards, located on the pro shop side of the resort, is open.

Where is a good place to eat in Sandy?

The Tollgate Restaurant & Bakery has delicious homemade style sandwiches as well as other home made goods.   Thai home and Try My Thai are small Thai restaurants serving very authentic and delicious Thai food.  If it’s Mexican food you’re looking for, Two Brothers Mexican and BBQ and La Bamba are good choices.  There are Chinese and Vietnamese choices available also in Sandy.  Oh, and don’t forget the pizza, there are too many to name.

Do you have coupons for local restaurants?

Yes, we give them to our guests at check-in and the local restaurants are happy to see you come in and use them

Any fast food restaurants in the area?

 Dairy Queen is located in Rhododendron, about 3 miles east of Whispering Woods and Subway is here in Welches.

What is your favorite place to get burgers?

The Shack Sports Bar, which is family friendly until 9 PM, has excellent burgers and sandwiches.  They also offer salads, soups, sandwiches and other options.   Zig Zag Inn (located about 3 miles from the resort) has great burgers and a full menu, including a kids menu.  Still Creek Inn in Rhododendron has delicious, huge burgers.  The Whistle Stop (also nearby) offers its famous Whistle Burger and is sure to please the biggest appetite. Calamity Jane’s, located about 12 miles west of the resort off Hwy 26 has giant burgers and old fashioned milkshakes and malts.

Do you have any seafood restaurants nearby?

The Rendezvous Grill & Tap Room in Welches serves great local seafood.   All of the Rendezvous ingredients are fresh and local when at all possible.  Salmon and shrimp are always available with specials on the freshest items they can get.  A bit further west, in Rhododendron is Still Creek Inn which offers seafood in season.

Drive Times (1)

How far away is it and how long does it take to get to:

 Portland Airport is 42.2 miles away and it takes 1 hour to get there

Mt. Hood Meadows is 24.1 miles and is a 33 minute drive

Timberline Lodge is 19.3 miles away and is a 32 minute drive

Mt. Hood Ski Bowl is 12.3 miles away and is 17 minute drive

Government Camp is a 13.3 mile drive which should take 18 minutes

The Oregon Coast -depending on where you go on the coast, it is approximately 135 miles away; a 2 hour 48 minute trip. This particular miles/time example is to Nehalem Bay State Park on the northern Oregon coast.

Portland is 45.4 miles away; a 1 hour drive

Salem is 79.3 miles; a 1 hour 50 minute drive

Seattle is 210 miles away; a 3 hours and 42 minute drive

Bend is 119 miles away; a 2 hours and 27 minute drive

Crater Lake is 210 miles away; a 4 hour 17 minute drive

Hood River is 55.6 miles away which is a 1 hour drive
13. Sandy is 16.9 miles away and takes 23 minutes to get there

Emergency Information (5)

Where’s the closest urgent care?

The closest urgent care is Adventist Sandy Urgent Care located in Sandy (16 miles west of the resort) at 17055 Ruben Lane, Sandy, OR 97055.  Phone: 503-668-8002. It’s across the highway from Safeway.

The next closest, Gresham Urgent Care is located on Hwy 26 at the intersection of Powell and Burnside (Hwy 26) on the right hand side (about a 20-30 minute drive).

Where’s the closest dentist?

McKenzie Dental (503-622-3085) is located at 24540 East Welches Road, less than a five minute drive from the resort. .

Where is the nearest hospital?

 Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center is located in Gresham at 24800 Southeast Stark Street. 503-674-1122. Estimated driving time is about 40 minutes.

Where is the nearest pharmacy?

The closest pharmacy is Williams Pharmacy, located in Welches at the Rendezvous Center.  The phone number is 503-622-2525.  Other pharmacies are located in Sandy, 16 miles west on Highway 26, at Bi-Mart,  Safeway, Walgreens, or Fred Meyer.

Where is the closest drug store?

For over-the-counter medications and first aid supplies, there is Thriftway in the Hoodland Plaza (less than two miles from Whispering Woods).  Sandy (about 16 miles west) has more choices with Safeway, Walgreens, Bi-Mart and Fred Meyer as well as Grocery Outlet.  All these stores are well stocked for treating the occasional upset stomach, headache, cold and minor cuts and bruises.  In addition, there is Williams Pharmacy in Welches, less than two miles from the Resort.

Fishing (3)

Do you sell fishing licenses?

No, you can purchase them at the Fly Fishing Shop on Highway 26 not too far from the resort and at the Brightwood Store.  Please see the Clubhouse Front Desk staff for driving instructions.

Do you have to have a fishing license to fish near Whispering Woods?

Yes, unless you are under the age of 12. You can purchase a fishing license at the Fly Fishing Shop near Whispering Woods or the Brightwood Store.  Ask the Clubhouse Front Desk for driving instructions.

Are there Guided Fishing Tours in the area?

ActionAnglers, The Dalles—Deschutes, Sandy, John Day, Crooked and Clackamas, Rivers, Buoy 10
Anderson’s Outdoors, Welches—primarily fish the Nestucca River on the northern Oregon coast. Also tours several other coastal rivers, as well as the Clackamas and Sandy rivers
Bigulp Guide Service—Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Tillamook Bay and Buoy 10

Bischof’s Flyfishing Guide Service – Maupin– Deschutes, Sandy, John Day and Maupin rivers.

Don’s Reel Adventures, Portland—Columbia, Sandy, John Day rivers and other coastal rivers and bays
Grant Putnam Outdoors, The Dalles—Siletz, John Day, Deschutes and Clackamas rivers
Hook’em Up Guide Service, Portland—Primarily the Columbia and Willamette rivers
Larimer Outfitters, Hood River—Deschutes River, Clackamas River and Hood River.

Mt. Hood Adventures, Mt. Hood—Deschutes and Columbia rivers
Page’s Northwest Guide Service, Portland—Columbia, Willamette, Yaquina, Siletz, Nehalem rivers and Tillamook Bay
Professional Fishing Guide, Oregon City—Columbia, Willamette, Clackamas, Siletz rivers, Tillamook Bay and various Oregon coast rivers
Quality Fishing Adventures, Portland—Columbia River

Sandy River Winter Steelhead Float Trips, Welches—Columbia River float trips are also available

Silvey’s Fly Fishing Guide Service, Maupin—Deschutes and Sandy rivers
The Fly Fishing Shop, Welches—Sandy, Clackamas, Klickitat, and Deschutes rivers
Wy’East Expeditions, Mt. Hood—Deschutes, John Day and Mckenzie rivers

Golf (3)

Can we walk along the golf course?

Sadly the answer is no, as the Resort at The Mountain’s Three Nine golf courses is not our property and it is dangerous to be on the course during play

When is the golf course open?

 The golf course is open as long as the course is playable.  There have been occasions when snow tournaments have taken place with participants using colored golf balls!!

What are The Resort at the Mountain golf rates?

For accurate daily and seasonal rates, please call the The Resort at the Mountain pro shop at 503-622-3151.

Hiking (5)

Is there a trail to the river?

Yes, through our parking lot and on the opposite side of the cul-de-sac there is a trailhead.  It’s about a 10 minute walk to the river.

Where can we walk to see the Zigzag River?

The ZigZag River is not in walking distance from the resort.  However, there are many places to drive, park, walk and see it.  The first bridge on Lolo Pass crosses the Zig Zag River.  As its name suggests, the Zig Zag river zigs and zags down the mountain and there are several places to get to it before it runs in with the Sandy River.

What’s the best hike for the elderly?

The walk down to the river from our resort is a great walk for the older generation; it’s only about 10 minutes.  Wildwood Park is a great place to go because there are paved paths, one is called Cascade Streamwatch and the other is the Wetlands Trail.  These two trails are also handicap accessible.

Where can we go for an easy hike?

Mirror lake, though uphill is an easy walk to the lake and offers a great view of Mt. Hood on a clear day.  Trillium Lake, just a few miles past Government Camp, is a beautiful park with a maintained path around  the lake, that is flat.  On clear days you can see Mt Hood in the reflection of both Trillium and Mirror Lake.  Also Wildwood Recreation Site has many trails, paved and gravel, which are well maintained and easy to hike.

What are some of the better hikes?

Depending on skill level, all hikes on Mt. Hood are beautiful. Check the binder for difficulty level and distance.  Zig Zag Ranger Station is a good resource for hiking.  There are literally hundreds of hiking trails in our area.  From the beginner to the advanced, there is something for everyone.

Mt Hood Trivia (4)

How did Mt. Hood get its name?

On October 29th, 1792, Wy’East, as it was originally called by the Native Americans was given its current name by Lt. William Broughton who was a member of Captain George Vancouver’s discovery expedition.  Broughton named the mountain Mt. Hood, in honor of  Samuel Hood who was a British Admiral.

What is the elevation at Whispering Woods?

The elevation at Whispering Woods Resort, located in Welches, Oregon is 1,320 feet above sea level.

How tall is Mt Hood?

The summit of majestic Mt. Hood is about 17 miles west of the Resort and rises 11,239 feet — tallest point in Oregon.  Government Camp is at the 4,000 foot elevation and the 6 mile drive up Timberline Road takes you to 6000 feet at the lodge.  Traveling from Whispering Woods Resort to Timberline Lodge is a rather steep trek…4,680 feet in 13 miles.

When and how did Timberline Lodge come about?

Timberline Lodge is a mountain lodge on the south side of Mount Hood in Oregon, about 60 miles east of Portland and about 30 minutes from Whispering Woods Resort.

The lodge was constructed between 1936 and 1938 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the Great Depression. Workers used large timbers and local stone, and placed intricately carved decorative elements throughout the building.  Tours are available on weekends at 11 AM, 1PM and 2 PM and are free.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Lodge on September 28, 1937. In his remarks, he commented on the reasons for the project:

“Here, to Mount Hood, will come thousands and thousands of visitors in the coming years. Looking east toward eastern Oregon with its great livestock raising areas, these visitors are going to visualize the relationship between the cattle ranches and the summer ranges in the forests. Looking westward and northward toward Portland and the Columbia River, with their great lumber and other wood using industries, they will understand the part which National Forest timber will play in the support of this important element of northwestern prosperity. Those who will follow us to Timberline Lodge on their holidays and vacations will represent the enjoyment of new opportunities for play in every season of the year. I mention specially every season of the year because we, as a nation, I think, are coming to realize that the summer is not the only time for play. I look forward to the day when many, many people from this region of the Nation are going to come here for skiing and tobogganing and various other forms of winter sports.”

Visit the Timberling Lodge website for current information and weather conditions.

Pets (4)

Do you allow pets?

No,  we have a very strict “no pet” policy and there is a $300 fee if we find there is a pet on site.

Can the dog stay in the car?

 No, not anywhere on site.

Do you offer pet-sitting?

No but in Sandy there are options for boarding your pet, as well as three in Boring and one in Gresham.  We have information at the front desk with names and numbers of places for you.

Why aren’t any of your rooms ‘pet friendly’?

 Health codes, noise issues, cleanliness.


Pool/ Hot tub/Sauna (9)

What time is the pool open until?

 During summer hours the pool is open from 8 am until 9:45 pm, and during regular hours the pool is open from 8 am until 7:45 pm.

Why does the pool close so early?

The pool, hot tub and sauna all close 15 minutes before the clubhouse closes.  We do not leave the outdoor area open without staff available.

Is there another way into the pool/spa?

 No, access is through the clubhouse.  You sign in for the activity you want to use and we provide your towels at that time.

Can I take my beverage to the hot tub?

Yes, as long as it is not in a glass container.

How warm is the pool?

Our pool is heated year-round to 84 degrees

How hot is the hot tub?

Our hot tub is heated to 103 degrees

How often do you clean the hot tub?

Once a month the hot tub is drained and cleaned but it is checked for correct chemical balance and maintained on a daily basis

How do you work the sauna?

Turn the dial to warm, turn on the light and, if needed put water in the bucket.  The spout is to the right of the door,  pour a little water on the rocks and enjoy.

Where do the pool towels go?

The pool towels provided to you by the front desk staff, go in the basket in the men’s and women’s restrooms…and we thank you for your cooperation!

Shopping (9)

Do you have clothing stores nearby?

We do not.   We do, however, have some clothing here in the gift shop.  Thriftway and the Mountain Sports shop, located in the Hoodland Plaza have some clothing items available.  Going West on Hwy 26,  in Sandy there is Fred Meyer which has a full selection of clothing and Bi Mart which has a limited selection.

What’s the best place to buy groceries?

The closest place is Thriftway, at the Hoodland Plaza by the stoplight, but we recommend going to Sandy to Fred Meyer,  Safeway or Grocery Oulet for better prices.

Is there a cheaper grocery store than Thriftway?

Yes.  Safeway, Grocery Outlet and Fred Meyers in Sandy have very competitive prices.

Where can I purchase organic food?

Safeway, and Fred Meyer in Sandy, both have an organic food section.  The local grocery, Thriftway, has a very limited selection.

Where is the best grocery store for fresh fish?

In Sandy, Fred Meyers and  Safeway have fresh seafood departments.  There is a small selection available at the local market, Thriftway at the Hoodland Plaza.

Where can I go for Oregon micro beers?

To purchase and bring with you, Thriftway, located at the Hoodland Plaza, has an excellent selection as do Safeway and Fred Meyer in Sandy..  The closest Micro brewery is located in Government Camp and is called the Ice Axe Grill.  You can sample all the beers they make and have a meal also.  The brewery is owned and operated by Timberline Lodge.

Are there any gift shops nearby?

We have a nice gift shop right here at Whispering Woods.  There is also a small shop at the Resort at The Mountain.  The W’yeast Bookstore and Gifts is a nice place to find not only books but lovely local arts.  Mountain Sports, located at Hoodland Plaza has a selection of uniquely Oregon gifts.  In addition, many of the shops in the Mt. Hood area offer Oregon and mountain souvenirs and gifts.

Where can I buy Oregon souvenirs?

 Our gift shop has a selection of souvenirs and next door at the Resort at The Mountain there is a shop.  In addition, there are shops in the area that offer such items.

Where can I buy flowers?

 Every Bloomin’ Occasion is a full service florist, located in the Rendezvous Plaza at mile marker 40 on Hwy 26.  503-380-9891.  Flower bouquets are also sold at Fred Meyer and Safeway in Sandy.


Wi_Fi (2)

Do you have Wi-Fi and is there a charge for guests to access it.

 Wi-Fi is available, completely free of charge and password protected.   At check-in you are provided with the server access code.

Do you have a free computer to use?

 There is a computer available for guest use, free of charge, in the clubhouse.  Just sign in and you are welcome to use the computer for up to 30 minutes.

Wildlife (2)

Where is the best place to bird watch? [in the Mt. Hood area]

The more popular bird watching areas around Mt. Hood are:

Wildwood Recreation Area– The closest to Whispering Woods Resort is home to several species of waterfowl.

High Rock Springs Campground–Expect to drive on forest service roads to get to this no-fee campground where you will spot Black-backed & Three-toed Woodpeckers, Sapsuckers, and possibly, the elusive Spotted Owl.

Timberline Lodge Looking out the windows of the lodge or just standing in the parking lot, you will be visited by Chickadees, Larks, Finches, Sparrows and Bluebirds.

Timothy Lake – Expect to see Buffleheads, Loons, ducks, grebes, thrushes and gulls.

Trillium Lake – You may get lucky and spot a Bald Eagle or two while walking on the boardwalks around Trillium Lake.

Sahalie Falls– Warblersand Sparrows hang around in the meadows while Thrushes, Jays, Wrens, and Kinglets keep to the forest.


What kind of wildlife will I see in the Northwest?

There are many species of amphibians, birds, mammals, and reptiles in the state of Oregon.  Some species only occur during migrations.

Frogs & Toads

Loons & Grebes
Cormorants & Pelicans
Heron, Bittern & Egrets
Ducks, Geese, Swans
Quail, Pheasant, Grouse and Turkey
Cranes, Rails, Coots
Gulls & Terns
Doves & Pigeons
Woodpeckers & Kingfishers
Flycatchers & Larks
Vireos & Shrike
Crows, Jays & Magpies
Wrens & Kinglets
Thrushes & Bluebirds
Towhees, Sparrows & Buntings
Grosbeaks, Finches
Murres, Auklets & Puffins
Nighthawks & Swifts
Swallows & Martins
Pipits & Waxwings
Blackbirds, Grackles, Orioles
Chickadees & Nuthatches


Shrews & Moles
Hares, Pikas & Rabbits
Chipmunks, Squirrels & Marmots
Voles, Rats, Mice
Fox, Coyote, Wolves
Black Bear
Racoons & Ringtails
Skunk, Weasels, Badgers & Otters
Mountain Lion, Lynx & Bobcats
Elk, deer, Pronghorn, Bison, Mountain Goats, Bighorn Sheep
Mule, White & Black-tail Deer
Sea Lions & Seals
Whales, Dolphins & Porpoises




Winter and Snow Sports (10)

Do you sell tickets for all the ski resorts?

Not for all the ski areas, just for Timberline Lodge and at a substantial discount for our guests.

Which ski area is best?

While Ski Bowl offers the largest night skiing area in the nation, Timberline serves as the training site for the summer Olympics in addition to being one of the few places in the country that offers skiing during the summer months.  Mt. Hood Meadows has by far the biggest skiing area and the most Black Diamond runs on Mt. Hood, providing more varied terrain for all levels of skiers.

Where can I rent snowshoes, inner tubes, skis?

 All the ski resorts rent ski/snowboard equipment. Ski Bowl and Summit Ski area in Government Camp offer tubing on weekends and if conditions are good, Summit will is open midweek too.   In the Hoodland Plaza, Mountain Sports rents skis and snowshoe  equipment and offers discounts to Whispering Woods guests.

Where is the closest place to find snow?

Depends on the snow level, which fluctuates throughout the season.

How much is a Sno-Park permit?

Between November 1st and April 30th cars parked in designated  “winter recreation parking areas” are required to have a sno-park permit visible in the windshield.

Oregon sno-park programs are funded entirely by these sno-park permits.

Permits currently are $4.50 for a 1-day pass and $9.50 for a 3-day pass at our resort.

Where can I get a Sno-Park permit?

Sno-park permits are available a all DMV offices. In addition, agents can be found it:

Mountain resorts: Mt. Hood Meadows & Cooper Spur
Sporting goods stores 
Retail outlets
Grocery stores
Gas stations 

In Welches:
Mountain Sports, LLC
Hoodland Thriftway
Whispering Woods Resort
Welches Gas Station

Can we go on sleigh rides?

Yes! The Mt. Hood Adventure Park, located 13 miles east of Whispering Woods Resort, along US26 E/Mt. Hood Hwy in Government camp provides visitors with this unique Mt. Hood winter experience.

The cost:
Adults (14 and over): $22
Children (4-13): $17
Children under 3: Free
Hours of operation:
December 17th to Jan 1st: Everyday, 10am-6pm
January 7th through Spring Break: Weekends only,10am-6pm
The Weekend of Valentine’s Day: Friday through Monday, 10am-6pm
Each ride lasts roughly 25 minutes.
Call theMt. Hood Adventure Headquarters at: (503) 715-2175 to check on the most up to date schedules and fees.

Where can we rent snow mobiles?

Mt. Hood Adventure, located 13 miles east of Whispering Woods Resort, along US 26 E/Mt. Hood Hwy. in Government Camp has the only permit in the area to rent and deliver snowmobiles to the starting point as well as give tours. Call the Mt. Hood Adventure headquarters at: 503-715-2175 to reserve your snow mobile or schedule a guided snow mobile tour.

Where can I night ski?

Mt. Hood Ski Bowl offers the largest night skiing area not only on Mt. Hood but in the nation!

Timberline and Mt Hood Meadows also offer night skiing in peak season.

The hours vary during the season, so you need to check the individual schedules.

Are there places nearby for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling?

There are unlimited opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling within Mt. Hood National Forest.

Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Trillium Lake Snow Trails: 13 miles east of Whispering Woods in Government Camp, trail heads are right in the camp. Dogs must be on leashes.

Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center:  located 24 miles east of Whispering Woods. No dogs or snowshoeing allowed.

Teacup Lake: is one mile north of Mt. Hood Meadows, along Oregon 35.  No dogs or snowshoeing allowed.

Cooper Spur Nordic Center: 35 miles northeast of Whispering Woods, Cooper Spur has separate trails for snowshoers. Dogs are not allowed.


Snowmobiling in and around Government Camp is not allowed, however, there are groomed trails within 10 miles of the village at both Frog Lake and Skyline Sno-Parks.

Sno-Park permits are required and can be obtained at most stores in Government Camp.  Sno-park permits are available to guests at Whispering Woods.

For a more extensive list of trails for all three of these winter activities, visit USDA Forest Service

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