If you don’t have time to drive up the Hood River Valley to enjoy the fantastic vistas of Mount Hood above the orchards, here’s a close-to-town alternative. Drive to the east end of town and turn south on Route 35. Head south till you see the sign for Panorama Point. After a left turn, head south about 1 mile on East Side Road, then make a left on a road that’ll take you to the top of a knoll; the views south and west do justice to the name.
Panoramic vistas here afford a distant perspective on the orchards below Mount Hood that have for decades served as a visual archetype of the Pacific Northwest.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel