Tim Thornton: This is a very delightful run that could be classified under the "adventure" or "mini expedition" category and is hard to believe that its right out of Hood Rivers' doorstep. The run is completely hidden from the road and flows through some amazingly scenic views of the micro-canyons, old growth forrest, the ever changing Mt Hood flood debris flows, Mt Hood, Mt Adams (FROM the SAME LOCATION) and the Upper Parkdale Valley. This run would be even better if it had less wood, but just like most Mt Hood streams, logs are numerous and at times relentless. One could only imagine just how incredible this run was prior to the 07 floods. History is now being made while the river is carving out new channels and settling into a new stream-bed. What a beautiful place!
OwSR No. 7: Middle Fork of the Hood River
- Begins on the north side of Mount Hood and flows north to join the East Fork of the Hood River near Dee
- Flows along the 7,000 year old Parkdale Lava Flow
- Contains "high quality habitat" for threatened, endangered, and sensitive fish species
Kayaking the Middle Fork of the Hood River | Photo: Zach Collier
Celebrated by Zach Collier and Heather Wright on February 20th, 2017 by snowshoeing along the Middle Fork of the Hood on the Parkdale Lava Flow.
Zach Collier: I've paddled an inflatable kayak down this section of the Middle Fork of the Hood a couple times. It would be pretty diffciult in a "hardshell" kayak since the river is very continuous with few eddies and occasional logs across the river. I've found it to be a bit safer inan inflatable kayak since you can easily jump out of your boat to scout and portage logs.
It is a surreal place to kayak. The Parkdale Lava Flow is along the entire right bank providing some unique scenery all the way down. There are many places with striking views of Mount Hood. Even Mount Adams can be seen from the river. Learn more about kayaking the Middle Fork of the Hood River.