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The community of Welches is an outdoor recreational hub near Mt. Hood named after Samuel Welch, a homesteader who settled near Welches Creek in 1882. Alpine Springs and glaciers feed the area's pristine rivers affording prized steelhead and trout fly fishing, river rafting, kayaking, and camping opportunities. The first golf course in Oregon was built in Welches in 1928, and today the largest hotel and golf resort in the corridor is located in the area, complete with croquet courts. Nearby Timberline Ski Resort is the only resort in North America to offer year round snow sports, due to its location at the Palmer Glacier. Since Welches is located only an hour or so from Portland, day trips into the city for all the metropolitan area has to offer is no problem.


Welches is an unincorporated community in Clackamas County between Zigzag and Wemme along U.S. Route 26, within the Mount Hood Corridor. It is one of the communities that make up the Villages at Mount Hood, the common quasi-government of the unincorporated communities of the Mount Hood Corridor, and includes Brightwood, Wemme, Zigzag and Rhododendron.


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Mt. Hood National Forest: The Mt. Hood National Forest hosts a variety of guided winter activities including Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoe outings and tours of Timberline Lodge. Some popular destinations that offer rewarding visits are Lost Lake, Trillium Lake, Timothy Lake, Rock Creek Reservoir and portions of the Old Oregon Trail. Enjoy all kinds of seasonal activities like fishing, camping, boating and hiking in the summer, hunting in the fall, and skiing and other snow sports in the winter. Berry-picking and mushroom collection are popular, and for many area residents, a trip in December to cut the family's Christmas tree is a long standing tradition.

The Resort at The Mountain

The premier Oregon golf, ski & meeting resort, The Resort at The Mountain is surrounded by the natural beauty of national forests and clear running streams and is nestled in the western highlands of Mt. Hood, just an hour southeast of Portland. Offering a wonderful array of experiences for couples, families, outdoor enthusiasts, The Resort has a unique ambiance and exceptional service. They recently-concluded a $14 million renovation that updated all of their lodging and two seasonal restaurants, Altitude and Mallard's Café & Pub, for the finest quality. Other amenities include four tennis courts, two regulation croquet & lawn bowling courts, an outdoor heated swimming pool (seasonal) and whirlpool spa, nature walks, golf, volleyball, and bicycle rentals.

"The Courses" and "The Greens" Putting Course

The Resort at The Mountain has two courses for golf lovers: the 27-hole golf course called "The Courses," and "The Greens Putting Course", a lighted 18 hole putting course for the less serious golfing excursion. The Courses offers awe-inspiring views, and its three nines provide an unmatched golf experience for well-intentioned beginners, seasoned pros, and anyone in between. Golfers seeking an exceptional outing in the Mt. Hood area, will find The Courses an exceptional choice, as each hole is approachable in a variety of ways to ensure a challenging course every round. The Courses also supplies a Pro Shop and individual lessons from professionals. Be sure to check out The Greens Putting Course for some friendly competition set within the natural beauty of The Resort grounds. Ideally suited for solo or family fun, The Greens features natural turf (the same variety as The Courses) with fescue grasses planted between the 18 distinctive holes.

Snow Sports

Mt. Hood's 200 combined runs and five ski areas make it a perfect vacation destination for lovers of all snow sports including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, snowshoeing and even snow biking. Mt Hood Ski Bowl Resort entices families to spend the day and night by supplying runs for beginners and the largest night skiing area in America, snow tubing options for families and toddlers, and of course lessons are available. Timberline Ski Resort is a national historical landmark that features ski runs and lessons perfect for children and adults. Summer skiing is also available on Timberline's Palmer Glacier. Grab your snowshoes or cross country skis and hop on the Snowshoe Trail, or head to Mt Hood Meadows, the mountain's largest ski area features ski runs that match every skill level.


Welches has the best location for easy access to a variety of fly-fishing spots and species of fish. Many fine trout, bass and shad waters, plus numerous year-round steelhead and salmon rivers are practically outside your back door. Welches home water is the Sandy River basin, much of which is designated as a wild fish sanctuary, but the surrounding rivers and lakes drain into the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean giving Welches the variety of fishing. In under an hour you can fish four distinctively different watersheds that all have productive fishing year-round. Angling regulations require catch and release of all wild trout and steelhead to keep fishing healthy and productive, thus ensuring residents live, work and fish in a sportsman's paradise.


Blackberry Café: Offering home-cooked breakfast and lunch, with a focus on freshness, the Blackberry Café has made fresh daily items including pancakes, Belgium waffles, crepes, baked goods and a variety of omelets. Challenge yourself to the 26-ounce omelet, or 26 silver dollar pancakes for the chance to get your picture up on the wall of fame. Their extensive lunch menu lists homemade soups, gourmet hamburgers, and paninis, including a Reuben famous in Welches. Keeping true to their name, many items are available with blackberries or other fruit. The Café also has a loft dining area for groups, a ceiling of open beams that adds a richness and charm to the Café to make any customer relaxed and comfortable.

Altitude Restaurant and Lounge: Soar to new culinary heights at Altitude Restaurant and Lounge, part of The Resort at The Mountain, which offers an unregimented and non-stuffy upscale, yet casual, dining experience. Guests feel not only welcome but at home in cozy, contemporary surroundings where the food speaks for itself and an intelligent selection of wines finds its own voice. Dishes such as tie-dye sashimi, buffalo short ribs with blue cheese bread pudding or pumpkin won't find any other place like this around the Mt. Hood region.

El Burro Loco: At El Burro Loco, the staff is driven to provide their guests with the best tasting authentic Mexican cuisine. By using only the finest ingredients, all of their meals are prepared from scratch, including smoked pork, tamales, even the chips and salsa. They don't make just any kind of French toast for breakfast, they make it with thick bread slices smothered in custard and pan-fried. Turn it into Mexican toast by topping it with brandy and rum glazed bananas. The menu lists a variety ofbreakfast burritos, omelets and scrambles, and breakfast sandwiches for your morning taste buds. For lunch there's just as much variety in appetizers, soups and salads and some entrees like Wild Boar Tacos, Crab and Shrimp Enchiladas and Burro Blaster Burritos (monster burritos). They also stock twenty different tequilas, and can make any meal vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Rendezvous Grill & Tap Room: With two different rooms (The Grill Room and The Tap Room) and innovative food at reasonable prices, The Rendezvous has become a destination for curious Portlanders and discerning local diners. The chef designs innovative, seasonal lunch and dinner menus using many local products, including chanterelle mushrooms and huckleberries, and has developed a reputation for devastating desserts, all prepared freshly in-house. They have a rotating wine selection at great prices, and a classy comfortable look. Some consider it the "top stop" on the way to Mt. Hood. Try the Rigatoni and Alder Smoked Chicken, a house specialty with fresh rigatoni pasta, house-smoked chicken, toasted hazelnuts, dried cranberries and fresh spinach in a Champagne cream sauce for lunch. For dinner check out some Shanghai Shrimp with snap peas, red peppers, spicy shanghai sauce and Chinese candied walnuts; or an Herb-rubbed New York Steak with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.