I'll be in Oregon for the Olympic Track & Field Trials 7/5 & 7/6. I'm exploring the coast on 7/2. I plan to spend 7/3 exploring Columbia Gorge, and I have a hotel booked in Hood River. On the 4th, I plan to "see"/"tour" Mt. Hood. I'm no mountain or rock climber, but I'd like a moderate-to-strenuos 2-hr-or-so hike there. Any suggestions, and what else to see right at or near the Mountain? Then I have to drive to Eugene, where I have a room booked the night of the 4th. Is the fastest way to get back to Eugene from Mt. Hood to go back up to Hood River, Then take I-84 and I-5? It looks longer on the map, but I'm betting it's faterThan taking 26 south to Madras - 97 south to Redmon- then back west on various small roads to Eugene.