Crag Rats and Forest Service host tours of historic Cloud Cap Inn

RUSTIC EAVES of Cloud Cap Inn frame Mt. Hood and Eliot Glacier. Tours of the inn, beginning July 27, provide a glimpse inside a true Hood River County treasure, and some of the best views of the mountain anywhere.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea.
RUSTIC EAVES of Cloud Cap Inn frame Mt. Hood and Eliot Glacier. Tours of the inn, beginning July 27, provide a glimpse inside a true Hood River County treasure, and some of the best views of the mountain anywhere.

In partnership with the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Organization, the Hood River Ranger District will be hosting free interpretive tours of the historic Cloud Cap Inn. This opportunity to tour the inn, discover its history, and enjoy the majesty of Mt. Hood will be offered on Sundays this summer beginning July 27, weather and road conditions permitting, and will continue through Labor Day.

Tours will start at 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. and last approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

The tours are limited to 12 people per tour, and reservations are required. A reservation system protects the inn and allows visitors to experience a quality historical presentation. Please see reservation contact information below.

Cloud Cap Inn was built to be an elite mountain retreat and is now a search and rescue base for the Hood River Crag Rats (the oldest search and rescue organization in the United States). The Hood River Crag Rats began caring for the structure in 1952 under a Special Use Permit. Restoration of the structure, a project spanning several years, is almost complete.

Cloud Cap Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building has endured years of extreme winters and mountain storms, and is one of the unique and truly exceptional destinations on the Mt. Hood National Forest. The views are incredible from the inn, and there is access to the Mt. Hood Wilderness adjacent to the site.

“Cloud Cap Inn is one of our most treasured cultural resources on the Mt. Hood National Forest,” said Janeen Tervo, Hood River District Ranger. “These tours connect visitors to the rich history of our country’s management of public lands, and the inn provides an important access point to many great recreational opportunities.”


For more information, and to sign up for a tour, please contact the Hood River Ranger District Information Desk at 541-352-6002.

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