Meadows adds educational component to new hiking trails
In a nod to the past, Mt. Hood Meadows staff has installed seven new interpretive signs along its new hiking paths.
The signs offer information on the mountain environment, forest ecology and history of the area for visitors to enjoy while they recreate.
The signs are in the base area, along the Bear Grass trail and near the top of the Stadium chairlift.
"The information on these signs enhance the intimate walk with nature our new hiking trails provide," said Dave Tragethon, vice president of sales and marketing. "It provides hikers something to ponder while they wander to create an even greater sense of where we fit in and fosters a greater appreciation for this mountain environment."
Tragethon said stories depicted by the signs are wide ranging. Some signs provide history of the ski area and Mount Hood, and some offer lessons on fire ecology and volcanology.
"This is a true, real-time learning experience about the significance of wetlands, the effect climate change is having on our glaciers and what wildlife you have a good chance of encountering while hiking," he said. "We feel presenting this information in the moment will be impactful and make those visiting think a little more about the nature of our mountain."
Information on the signs was compiled through collaboration between Meadows team members and Mt. Hood National Forest biologists. The signs' look was designed by the Meadows marketing team.
The interpretive sign project was made possible with the help of a Travel Oregon Destination Ready Grant, and partnership with the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Regional Tourism Alliance.
The grant program aims to invest in "key visitor experiences that are COVID-19 appropriate, aid in economic recovery, enhance local livability and provide access to a diversity of explorers," according to a statement by Mt. Hood Meadows representatives.
An eighth sign depicting the history and relationship of the Warm Springs Tribe with the mountain is still in the works.
Visitors are welcome to use hiking trails and new signage at Mt. Hood Meadows during operational hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. The hiking trails and interpretive signs can be accessed without riding the scenic chair.
For more information, visit the resort website at SkiHood.com.
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