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Hood River is a community settled between two ridgelines running east and west of town, two volcanos to the north and south. These features are as reliable as points on a compass. We also have two rivers that are significant aspects of our identity; the Columbia River that makes the northern boundary and the Hood River that cuts through and gives the town and county their name and which empties into the Columbia. Hood River is surrounded by National Forest Lands, Mount Hood National Forest is all around us and divided into two official wilderness areas; Badger Creek Wilderness to the east of Hood River and the Mark O Hatfield Wilderness running along the west of Hood River.
These natural features provide a bounty of recreational opportunities. Recreation for all ages includes camping, rafting, backpacking, wildlife watching, hiking, trail running, mountain biking and road biking, and a multitude of snowsports from snowshoeing, ski touring, nordic and skate skiing, alpine skiing and snowboarding on the flanks of Mt Hood.
The Columbia River is a magnet for watersports enthusiasts attracting kiteboarders, windsurfers, stand up paddleboarding, sailing, and fishing.
Pure Stoke has been celebrating, participating in and supporting all the activities that are human powered and can be done all around us.