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Cloud Cap tours start July 7

SANDY — In cooperation with the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Organization, the Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest is now offering reservations for the public to participate in free interpretive tours of the historic Cloud Cap Inn with tours starting July 7.

This opportunity to tour the Inn, discover its history, and enjoy the majesty of Mt. Hood will take place on Sundays through Labor Day, weather and road permitting. Tours will start at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and last approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

Cloud Cap Inn started out as 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 has been occurring over the past decade and is now mostly complete.

Cloud Cap Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building has endured decades of extreme winters and mountain storms, and has been one of the unique destinations of Mt. Hood.

The tours will be limited to 12 people per tour. Reservations are required as the reservation system protects the Inn and ensures a quality historical presentation.

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

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