Asit Rathod knows Mount Hood.
Need to get online while you're up on the mountain? No problem. The list of Wi-Fi hotspots on and around Mount Hood gets longer every year. And with the recent addition of a cell tower in the foothills, the cellular connection is ubiquitous and fairly strong, with the unfortunate acception of AT&T's spotty-at-best coverage at Mt. Hood Meadows.
The latest Wi-Fi hotspots as of November 2013 are the Wy'East Day Lodge with the big fireplace at Timberline and the Skibowl West base lodge. Mt. Hood Meadows also installed a fiber optic line that will significantly improve connectivity at Meadows.
Here's a list of good places to get online while you're enjoying Mount Hood.
The North Lodge at Mt. Hood Meadows has the most reliable free Wi-Fi coverage on that side of the mountain. The connection is strongest higher up, so the Vertical Restaurant & Sports Bar may be your best bet if you need to get online for a while. The Alpenstube Restaurant also has free Wi-Fi.
Timberline Lodge has free Wi-Fi with a decent signal, both at the classic ski lodge and at the Wy'East Day Lodge.
As of November 2013, Skibowl West base lodge also has Wi-Fi. Skibowl invested in a fiber optic line that will improve the resort's bandwidth big-time.
Most lodging properties on and around the mountain come with private WiFi accessible through a password. But there are also a number of public hot-spots for folks passing through.
In Government Camp, the High Mountain Cafe has comfortable couches and free Wi-Fi to wait out downpours in comfort.
Charlie's Mountain View also has a decent Wi-Fi connection across the street.
The Ice Axe Grill just off Highway 26 on the west end of Govy has a serviceable connection too.
In Welches, Cafe Aria may be your best bet for a place to chill out and get online for a while.
In Parkdale, Solera Brewery has free Wi-Fi, although it can be spotty. It's right across the street from Apple Valley BBQ in Parkdale, just off 35.
Oh year, you probably knew this already, but you can easily turn your iPhone 5 into your own Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot. Provided you have the right data plan. Here are the details.