Activities and Things to Do

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 known 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 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 kid’s 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.   Not to mention our year around 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 Guides for river fun.

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.   So come on out and enjoy.

Where’s the best place to hear music?

The Skyway Bar and Grill is the closest family friendly area to see and hear music.

Timberline Lodge  sometimes has small concerts that are available to you.   During the summer 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.

Do you have sporting equipment for loan/rent?

We do have basketballs available at the front desk to check out during your stay and nearby at the Resort at the Mountain there are bike rentals and tennis courts rentals 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 trough Mt. Hood Adventure (503-715-2175), located at Ski Bowl.  The rate for rentals:
(price includes boat, paddles and life jackets)
Single Kayak Rental
$20/ hour $50/day $60/over night
$45/ additional day

 Double Kayak Rental
$25/hour $60/day $70/overnight $55/additional day
Single Inflatable Canoe Rental (price includes foot pump)
$40/day $50/overnight
Double Inflatable Canoe Rental (price includes foot pump)
$50/day $60/overnight
Delivery and pick up to local lakes including Trillium, Frog, Clear and Timothy Lake are available. Call to arrange at 503-715-2175. It costs $10 per boat, 2 boats or $20 minimum for delivery to Trillium, Frog or Clear Lake.$40 for delivery to Timothy Lake (up to 4 boats)

You can rent boats, kayaks, and canoes at Lost Lake Resort.
The rate for rentals
Paddle Boat $12/hour
Row Boat $12/hour $60/day
Canoes $12/hour $60/day
(Life Jackets Included for all rentals)


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

 Whispering Woods does not have a conference room to host such events, we can however accommodate guest rooms for such events.  We can also 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 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 a 1 hour drive from Whispering Woods Resort taking US-26 eastto OR-216 toMaupin.

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

These four whitewater 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 for you 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 sake of space we will cover the more popular falls here:

Multnomah Falls is the country’s 2nd 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 is also along 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 - One mile from Latourell Falls and  is along the Historic Highway off of 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 your path and you arrive at the Columbia Gorge and the mighty Columbia River.

The closest farm on the Fruit Loop to Whispering Woods Resort, right along Hwy 35 is member #16: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 member #1, 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, 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 of 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 area of Portland,   this unique are of Portland 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 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 biking paths. Biking in Portland

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 enjoys multiple water parks, fountains and water features to splash and cool off in during the hot summer months.

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 cities an 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!

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