The best times to visit Mt. Hood National Forest for ideal weather are
May 14th to October 7th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Mt. Hood National Forest Travel Guide
Weather in Mt. Hood National Forest
Average temperatures in Mt. Hood National Forest vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 31st percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Mt. Hood National Forest, the hottest months are August, July, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid August where highs are regularly around 86.9°F (30.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 57.6°F (14.2°C) at night.
Mt. Hood National Forest Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Mt. Hood National Forest Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Mt. Hood National Forest Perceived Temperature (F)
Mt. Hood National Forest Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Mt. Hood National Forest Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Mt. Hood National Forest are August, July, and then September. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early August. For example, on the week of July 30th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late March with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of March 26th.
When can you find snow in Mt. Hood National Forest? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Mt. Hood National Forest.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Mt. Hood National Forest (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Mt. Hood National Forest has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is July (51.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (74.6%).
Wind in Mt. Hood National Forest is usually calm. The windiest month is January, followed by December and February. January’s average wind speed of around 9.8 knots (11.2 MPH or 18.1 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early January where average top sustained speeds reach 17.6 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Mt. Hood National Forest.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||9.8||Gentle breeze||16.6||Significant breeze|
|Feb||8.3||Gentle breeze||15.6||Significant breeze|
|Mar||6.1||Light breeze||13.2||Significant breeze|
|Apr||4.7||Light breeze||11.1||Significant breeze|
|May||3.7||Barely noticeable||9.3||Significant breeze|
|Jun||3.1||Barely noticeable||8.4||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||2.8||Barely noticeable||7.2||Significant breeze|
|Aug||2.7||Barely noticeable||7.5||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||3.5||Barely noticeable||9.1||Significant breeze|
|Oct||4.6||Light breeze||11||Significant breeze|
|Nov||7.4||Gentle breeze||14.4||Significant breeze|
|Dec||8.6||Gentle breeze||15.9||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Mt. Hood National Forest?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Aug 21, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 14, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Mt. Hood National Forest, the United States is August, followed by July and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Mt. Hood National Forest in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Mt. Hood National Forest Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 74.1°F (23.4°C) and 52.2°F (11.2°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is very common with 8 to 14 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 1 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Mt. Hood National Forest, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 82.1°F (27.8°C) and 48.7°F (9.3°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 13 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is too cold this time of year in Mt. Hood National Forest to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 53.4°F (11.9°C) and 44°F (6.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 9 to 12 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.