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Mount Hood scenic loop and then to Bend OR

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Mount Hood scenic loop and then to Bend OR

I am planning to stay Columbia Cliffs hotel and would like to do the mount hood scenic loop and then travel to Bend , OR. How long should I plan for the scenic loop and am I heading in the right direction to see the full loop?

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1. Re: Mount Hood scenic loop and then to Bend OR

If you are flying into PDX and driving to Hood River, you will already be covering a main section of the loop. From Hood River, just go up 35 to Timberline Lodge and then to Bend. The portion of the loop going clockwis from Timberline back to Portland is nothing soecial.

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2. Re: Mount Hood scenic loop and then to Bend OR

Stop and see Timberline Lodge. After seeing Timberline Lodge backtrack the few miles to the junction of Highway 35 and continue on Highway 26 and then Highway 97 to Bend. Highway 26 is a lackluster road between Portland and the junction of Highway 35. If you are going on to Bend then there is no need to see it.

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3. Re: Mount Hood scenic loop and then to Bend OR

Depending on the number of stops you make in the scenic loop, and there are many worthwhile places, then adding the drive to Bend, again many places to stop and enjoy. You are in for a very long day.

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4. Re: Mount Hood scenic loop and then to Bend OR

The OP is starting from Hood River, so if they came from Portland the previous day they only have the loop portion from Hood River to Timberline be for head in to Bend.

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