Early summer is one of the best times for hiking near the timberline on Mt. Hood, as the forests have many flowers to brighten the way, and virtually no insects in the cool sunny atmosphere. Among the most beautiful, blooming at around 4000-5000 feet are the native Rhododendrons and the beargrass. This image shows the Rhododendrons beautifully illuminated in the dense forest of towering Douglas Firs coming off of Bald Mountain Ridge on the west face of Mt. Hood. Click on image to enlarge.