For our Mt Hood day, we plan to get up early to get to Mirror Lake Trailhead for the Tom Dick & Harry Mountain hike. Then we will stop at Timberline Lodge for lunch and look around, maybe Zigzag Overlook.
After Timberline Lodge is it worth the longer drive (more scenic) to continue on Route 35 to Hood River then back to Portland in a loop? Or should we just turn back using Route 26 for the shorter way home? We will do CRG a different day, and at the end of our 2 week trip we will go from The Dalles to Portland so we will be driving through the Gorge multiple times and not worry about missing the portion between Hood River and Portland on our Mount Hood day.
Would there be good wild flower viewing still at Paradise Park in September?