When the Oregon Trail
emigrants saw Mount Hood
, they did not have the same feelings as do their descendants today. The mountain represented a choice, between risking the rapids and following the Columbia down the Gorge to Fort Vancouver, or challenging the mountain on the overland route by the Barlow Ranger District
. Neither was safe or easy.
Today, this region is the focus for a great deal of leisure and recreation. The Columbia Gorge has been declared a national scenic area and is managed for the enjoyment of the whole population. Mount Hood National Forest, although not actually a park, is in reality a center of recreation both in winter and summer.