Utilizing Lidar in Mapping Trails

Using Lidar Data for Mapping Trails Lidar (light detecting and ranging) is a technology that uses lasers to reflect light off surfaces or objects to create digital three dimensional recreations them. It can model environments in stunning detail. The Oregon Department of Mineral Industries has a collection of high resolution Lidar data covering much ofContinue reading “Utilizing Lidar in Mapping Trails”

Cartography at Old Maid Flat

Cartography at Collecting Data in National Forest Lands I’ve been spending time exploring the Old Maid Flat area on the western side of Mt. Hood as part of a project for PCC’s GIS Certificate Program, exploring the use of ESRI’s FieldMaps app for collecting and utilizing GPS data. The app premiered as an evolution ofContinue reading “Cartography at Old Maid Flat”

Coe Glacier as Winter Draws Near

Coe Glacier as Winter Draws Near With significant rain forecast for the northwest, I wanted to get back to the north side of Mt Hood to check out a few areas before more snow fell on the mountain. On this sunny morning at Cloud Cap Saddle, the outside temperatures were just a bit above freezingContinue reading “Coe Glacier as Winter Draws Near”

Stadter Buried Forest

Stadter Buried Forest and the Lost Creek Headwaters I learned a good lesson on this trip, and that is that my camera will pretend to take photos and only announce that the storage card is not there on the back view panel, which I never look through. So time to keep a spare SD cardContinue reading “Stadter Buried Forest”

To White River Glacier

To White River Glacier Wandering White River Pt II. After exploring the lower sections of the White River on Mt Hoods southern slopes, I was headed now up to its source- the White River Glacier that stretches from around 10,000 feet down to around 7000 feet in the valley east and above the Timberline LodgeContinue reading “To White River Glacier”

Wandering White River

Wandering White River on Mt Hood Part I. The White River begins on the south slope of Mt Hood from the terminus of the White River Glacier as two branches separated by a moraine that stretches down the mountain, widening and flattening at an area known as Mesa Terrace.  Ancient Trees from a forest buriedContinue reading “Wandering White River”

Seeking Water on the Dry Side of Mt Hood

Seeking Water on the Dry Side of Mount Hood For mapping the Timberline Trail route around Mt Hood as a summer hiking map, part of my process has involved ground truthing the hydrology to try and give a much better portrayal of where water may be found while hiking in summer than the current maps.Continue reading “Seeking Water on the Dry Side of Mt Hood”