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. Mt. Hood Massage is only a mile away and right next door is Glow, which includes massages, facials, and waxing.  Ruby’s Spa at Edgefield in Troutdale is about 40 minutes from Whispering Woods. We also have several 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,  Saturday night bingo, and ice cream Sunday night. There is a playground on property, also a basketball hoop, and the pool.   There is a great park nearby, as well as other local 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 about 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.

There are many rafting outfitters in Oregon that offer guided trips for the above rivers, below are just a few of the companies:

Blue Sky Whitewater Rafting

River Drifters

River Trails Deschutes

Wet Planet Whitewater

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 I-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 along 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 0.5 miles west of Multnomah Falls is Wahkeena Falls with a convenient picnic area where you’re able to view the 242 foot falls.

Horsetail Falls— is 3 miles east of Multnomah Falls, located along Hwy 30, near Ainsworth State Park. The waterfall is a 192 foot horsetail shaped, it’s narrow and long. It was named well. 

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 route.  The journey follows along the scenic Columbia Gorge and the mighty Columbia River. Then back down the Dee Hwy 281 back to Hwy 35. 

From Whispering Woods Resort, the closest stop on the Fruit Loop, is the Aubert Fruit Company, 6955 Hwy. 35, Mt. Hood. This location is a 40 mile drive from the resort. Many stops are along Hwy 35 between the Community of Mt Hood and the city of 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 Alpacas 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. A digital map can also be found on the Fruit Loop Map site.

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 mountains 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.

Timberline Mountain Guides, provides various guided tours and climbs of Mt Hood. And Climbing Mt Hood for Beginners has some information to get you started.

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?

Portland is the largest city in Oregon. There are tons of activities for everyone! Be sure to look at our Things To Do page. This has many of the top activities for Portland, as well as adventures that are near by. Another resource includes Travel Portland. This excellent website provides all kinds of activities for those visiting the city.

Examples of the endless activities include touring Portland via kayak, tour boat, jet boat, walking, or the Big Pink Trolley. Museums include: OMSI, Children’s Museum, Forestry Center, Portland Art Museum, the Maritime Museum, and many more. Take your children to the Portland Zoo or OMSI. Enjoy a play, musical, comedy, or concert in the theaters and venues all throughout Portland. Be adventurous and try one of the many food carts or restaurants. Cheer on the Thorns, or join the Timbers Army, meet Damian Lillard of the Blazers, watch the intense Rose City Rollers, or the young men of the Winterhawks.  Love to read? Get lost in Powell’s City of Books. Once again this is a small list, there is something for everyone!



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 and rooms 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,  Saturday night bingo, and ice cream Sunday night. There is a playground on property, also a basketball hoop, and the pool.   There is a great park nearby, as well as other local seasonal activities.

Do you have a workout facility there?

Yes,  the workout room is located inside the Clubhouse and has the same hours as the pool. It opens at 8 am and closes at 9:45 pm during the summer, holidays, and Friday & Saturdays regular hours; or 7:45 pm weekday regular hours.

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! We have a list of local restaurants and menus in the Clubhouse.

How late are you open?

The staff at the clubhouse is available 8 AM to 10 PM during summer/holiday hours and 8 AM to 8 PM during regular hours weekdays, weekends (Friday and Saturday) 8 AM to 10 PM.  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 Welches- Mt Hood Learning Center-that offers childcare  from 7AM to 6:00 PM Monday-Friday.  The number is 503-668-3868. The website is Mt Hood Learning Center.

Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort also offers child care, from ages 6 weeks to 11 years. They are open 9 am to 4 pm daily. The phone number is 503.337.2222 ext. 1374. More information can be found on their website Meadows Daycare.

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 and password.

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?

Mogul  Mountain Pizza is located in Welches and Ivy Bear Pizzeria is half way between Sandy and Welches, both restaurants deliver. But Ivy Bear has a minimum order of $50.
Although, it’s not delivery most restaurants in Welches do off a take out option.

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 about 1 mile east along Hwy 26.

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 has great burgers and a full menu, including a kids menu.  Still Creek Inn in Rhododendron has delicious and 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 a huge burger selection 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 possible.  Salmon and shrimp are always available with specials on the freshest items they can get.  A bit further east, in Rhododendron is Still Creek Inn, which offers a seasonal seafood selection.

Drive Times (1)

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

The below destinations are estimates leaving from Whispering Woods Resort. Keep in mind traffic and weather for the drive times. The below times are based on normal conditions. 

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

Mt. Hood Meadows is 24.2 miles and is a 35 minute drive.

Timberline Lodge is 19.3 miles away and is a 25 minute drive.

Mt. Hood Ski Bowl is 12.3 miles away and is 15 minute drive.

Government Camp is a 13 mile drive which should take 15 minutes.

The Oregon Coast -depending on where you go on the coast, it is approximately 125 miles away; a 2 hour 30 minute trip. This particular miles/time example is to Cannon Beach, which is located about 5 miles south of Hwy 26 off the 101. 

Portland (Downtown) is 45.4 miles away; a 1 hour drive.

Salem is 79.3 miles; a 1 hour 40 minute drive.

Seattle is 210 miles away; a 3 hours and 45 minute drive.

Bend is 119 miles away; a 2 hours and 20 minute drive.

Crater Lake is 245 miles away; a 4 hour 30 minute drive.

Hood River is 55.6 miles away which is a 1 hour drive.

Sandy is 16.9 miles away and takes 20 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 SE Powell Valley Rd and Hwy 26 (about a 30-40 minute drive). It’s on the right hand side as you’re coming into Gresham.

Where’s the closest dentist?

McKenzie Dental (503-622-3085) is located at 24540 East Welches Road, less than a five minute drive from Whispering Woods 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.
-Williams Pharmacy: 67195 US 26, Welches, Or 97067    503-622-2525   williamspharmacy.net

Other pharmacies are located in Sandy, 16 miles west on Highway 26.
-Bi-Mart: 36859 US 26, Sandy, Or 97055   503-783-1020
-Safeway: 37601 US 26, Sandy, Or 97055   503-668-2336
-Walgreens: 38241 Proctor Blvd, Sandy, Or 97055   503-688-1384
-Fred Meyer: 16625 SE 362nd Dr, Sandy, Or 97055   503-668-2300

Where is the closest drug store?

Whispering Woods Resort does sell a few of the individual packets of over-the-counter medication.  For more options of over-the-counter medications and first aid supplies, there is Thriftway in the Hoodland Shopping Plaza (About one mile from Whispering Woods).  Sandy (about 16 miles west along Hwy 26) has more choices including Safeway, Walgreens, Bi-Mart, Fred Meyer, and Grocery Outlet.  All these stores are well stocked for treating the occasional upset stomach, headache, colds, 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?

The Fly Fishing ShopWelches–Sandy, Clackamas, Klickitat, and Deschutes rivers.

Wy’East ExpeditionsMt. Hood–Lower Columbia, Willamette, and Mckenzie rivers.

Ted NeeleyWelches– Fly fishing–Deschutes, Clackamas, and Sandy rivers

Mt. Hood AdventuresMt. Hood–Deschutes, Sandy, John Day, Columbia rivers and coastal waters.

Anderson’s OutdoorsWelches–primarily fish the Nestucca River on the northern Oregon coast, as well as several other coastal rivers. Tours also include the Clackamas and Sandy rivers.

Bigulp Guide ServiceColumbia and Willamette Rivers, Tillamook Bay and Buoy 10.

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

Don’s Reel AdventuresPortland–Columbia, Sandy, John Day rivers and many coastal rivers and bays. 

Hook’em Up Guide ServicePortland–Primarily the Columbia and Willamette rivers

Larimer OutfittersHood River—Deschutes, Clackamas, and Hood rives.

Page’s Northwest Guide ServicePortland–Columbia, Willamette, Yaquina, Siletz, Nehalem rivers, Tillamook Bay, and Buoy 10. 

Silvey’s Fly Fishing Guide ServiceMaupin–Deschutes and Sandy 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?

Originally, Mt Hood was named Wy’east, given by the local Native Americans. You are still able to find references throughout the area. On October 29th, 1792, Lt. William Broughton, who was a member of Captain George Vancouver’s discovery expedition, renamed the mountain to its current name.  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±5 feet — the tallest point in Oregon.  Government Camp is located at 4,000 feet in elevation and 13 miles from Whispering Woods, via car. Upon taking the 6 mile drive up Timberline Hwy, this will put you at 6,000 feet at the lodge, or an elevation gain of 4,700 feet from Whispering Woods Resort.

When and how did Timberline Lodge come about?

Timberline Lodge is a mountain lodge located on the south side of Mount Hood in Oregon, about 60 miles east of Portland and about 20 minutes from Whispering Woods Resort.

Timberline 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 during the off season and daily during the summer months.
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.

Cedar Creek Cattery-Cats only
Sandy, Or, 97055

Power Line Kennels
44420 SE Coalman Rd
Sandy, OR 97055

Mt Hood Pet Resort
7440 Meinig Ave
Sandy, Or 97055

There’s No Place Like Home
Boring, Or 97009

Countryside Pet Spa
7769 SE 282nd Ave
Gresham, Or 97080

Elizares Boarding Kennels Boarding
55080 SE Hey 212
Damascus, OR 97089

Green Acres K9 Resort
26075 SE Hwy 212
Boring, Or 97009

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

 Health codes, noise issues, and cleanliness.


Pool/ Hot tub/Sauna (9)

What time is the pool open until?

Summer/Holiday hours: the pool area is open from 8 am until 9:45 pm.
Regular weekday hours: the pool is open from 8 am until 7:45 pm.
Regular weekend hours (Friday & Saturday): the pool is open from 8 am until 9:45 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 pool area open without staff present.

Is there another way into the pool/spa?

 No, access is through the clubhouse, and open during clubhouse hours.  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 104 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 baskets found in the men’s and women’s restrooms or the big blue bin…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.  There is a consignment shop near the Rendezvous Shopping Plaza, with a small selection of clothes. It is located behind El Burro Loco along E Evergreen Dr next to All Seasons Property Management. Thriftway and the Mountain Sports shop, located in the Hoodland Plaza have some clothing items available.  Going west 16 miles 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 the prices reflect the convenience. Although Sandy is a 20 minute drive, we recommend going to Fred Meyer,  Safeway, or Grocery Outlet for better prices and more selections. 

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 of beers and wines. Thriftway also fills growlers with 10 beers or ciders on tap. Safeway and Fred Meyer in Sandy also have a nice selection of local and national beers.  The closest Micro brewery is located in Government Camp and is called Mt Hood Brewing Co.  They offer tours of their facility. It is also a restaurant, where you can sit down enjoy the beer on tap and some great food. Another smaller brewery is located in Sandy called Bunsen Brewer-as the name hints, yes it does have a chemistry theme. Lastly, The Beer Den, located in Sandy, Or offers refills of growlers, with a large selection of local beer and cider. 

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.  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. The Resort at The Mountain, next door, has a little shop too.  In addition, there are shops in the area that offer such items.

Where can I buy flowers?

Sandy County Florist– This florist is located in Sandy, Or, about 16 miles west of Welches. Address: 39010 Pioneer Blvd, Sandy, OR 97055.  Phone:(503) 668-5633.

Fred Meyer and Safeway in Sandy also flower bouquets and a little florist section in store. 


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 and password.

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. However, there is a fee to print-black and white $0.05 and color $0.20.

Wildlife (2)

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

There are many places around Mt Hood to search and listen to birds. Oregon Birding Trails is a great document with 30 areas between Welches, Estacada, Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge.

Below are the more popular bird watching areas around Mt. Hood:

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, fish, and reptiles in the state of Oregon.  Some species only occur during migrations. Not all the animals are listed, due to the amount found in the area. The animals with an * are ones you’ll most likely see while staying at Whispering Woods Resort. 

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, *Raven & Magpies
Wrens & Kinglets
*Thrushes & Bluebirds
Towhees, Sparrows & Buntings
*Grosbeaks, Finches
Raptors-eagles, *falcons, vulture, *osprey
Murres, Auklets & Puffins
Swifts& Swallows & Martins
Pipits & Waxwings
Blackbirds, Grackles, Orioles
Chickadees & Nuthatches


Shrews & Moles
Hares, Pikas & Rabbits
*Chipmunks & *Squirrels
Gophers  & Marmots
Voles, Rats, Mice
Fox, Coyote, Wolves
Black Bear
*Racoons & Ringtails
Skunk, Weasels, Badgers & Otters
Mountain Lion, Lynx & Bobcats
Elk & Pronghorn
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?

We sell substantial discounted tickets for our guests, to Timberline Lodge.

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 if conditions are good.   In the Hoodland Plaza, Mountain Sports rents skis and snowshoe  equipment and offers discounts to Whispering Woods guests. Another local shop includes Mountainology, located in Rhododendron, within 5 miles of the resort. Timberline Lodge and Mt Hood Meadows now offer snowshoe rentals. There are many snow activity rental shops in Sandy as well as Government Camp too. 

Where is the closest place to find snow?

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

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. There are 22 locations within the Mt Hood National Forest that require a Sno-Park Permit. Some popular locations include, all the ski resorts, the town of Government Camp, Trillium Lake, White River, Frog Lake, and Skyline Road.

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

Permits currently are $4.50 for a 1-day pass and $9.50 for a 3-day pass at our resort (2015-16). Prices may vary depending on where these permits are sold. Oregon, California, and Idaho snow park permits are honored in each of these three states. 

Where can I get a Sno-Park permit?

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

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

Other Locations:
Mountain ski resorts
Sporting goods stores 
Retail outlets
Grocery stores
Gas stations 
Many local hotels


Can we go on sleigh rides?

Yes! The Mt. Hood Adventure Park, located 13 miles east of Whispering Woods Resort, along US 26 E/Mt. Hood Hwy in Government Camp, provides visitors with this unique Mt. Hood winter experience. The below prices are for the 25 minute Village Tour. They also offer 25 minute private tours, see their website for more information.

The cost:
Adults (14 and over): $25
Children (4-13): $20
Children under 3: Free
Hours of operation:
December 19th, 2015 to Jan 3rd, 2016
Each ride lasts roughly 25 minutes.
Call or email the Mt. Hood Adventure Headquarters at: (503) 715-2175 or info@mthoodadventure.com 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 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 resorts.

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. Below are a list of popular locations, all require a SnoPark pass, during November 1-March 30. By clicking on the headers below it will link you to a full list provided by the USDA Forest Service. Other winter sports locations and information can be found at the link provided.

Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Trillium Lake Snow Trails: located 15 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, along Hwy 35 about 7.5 miles north of hwy 26. No dogs or snowshoeing allowed.

Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort: located 24 miles east of Whispering Woods Resort, along Hwy 35. Follow signs for Mt Hood Meadows/Bennett Pass Sno Park. The main location has snowshoeing rentals and trails leaving from that location. One of the trails passes by Umbrella Falls. 

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

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, at the above sites, and can be obtained at most stores in Welches and Government Camp.  Sno-park permits are available to guests at Whispering Woods Resort.

For a more extensive list of trails for all three of these winter activities, visit USDA Forest Service website or the local ranger station. 

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