February 20, 2016. Hood River, OR. I learned something new this week. I learned that just like Apple Hill in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, there is an Oregon trail, The Fruit Loop, in the foothills of Mt. Hood. Now that sounds like my kinda place, so my husband indulged me and we went for a drive through the countryside today. Be forewarned--holiday gifts from now on just may come in the form of a gift basket full of fruit.