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”

Sunrise and Moonset from Eliot East Moraine

Sunrise and Moonset from Eliot East Moraine Leaving town around 3AM, I headed up to the slow going Cloud Cap road, driving through the open landscape of the burned forest just as deep colors were starting to fill the sky in the east. The moon was glowing vibrantly over the mountain, resulting in a stunningContinue reading “Sunrise and Moonset from Eliot East Moraine”

Wizard Way, New Meadows Trails

Wizard Way Mapping New Trails at Mount Hood Meadows Mount Hood rising above Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area This summer, the Mount Hood Meadows Ski area debuted a set of new trails, nearly 8 miles that explores some of the National Forest that falls within the bounds of the ski area. As ski seasons shorten,Continue reading “Wizard Way, New Meadows Trails”

Seeking Glacier Terminuses

Seeking Glacier Terminuses and exploring Moraines There are few places as dynamic to witness the geomorphology of the planet than the ends of great glaciers and the moraines they have left behind. After climbing up to the Timberline Trail on the north side of Mt Hood via a misty Vista Ridge Trail, I left theContinue reading “Seeking Glacier Terminuses”

A Cool Vista Ridge Morning

A Cool Vista Ridge Morning The Pinnacle, 5226 ft Just a few days ago I headed up to the Mazama trailhead on the north side of Mount Hood, with the intent of camping on the way to Barrett Spur. Late into the afternoon, the temperature was 90 degrees at the trailhead and I sweated throughContinue reading “A Cool Vista Ridge Morning”

Late July on the Timberline Trail

Late July on the Timberline Trail Overlooking the Sandy River and Paradise Branch It’s been twenty days since I took the Timberline Trail around Mt Hood, and there have been some welcome transformations on the trail since. The patches of snow across stretches of the trail in the north have melted away save one smallContinue reading “Late July on the Timberline Trail”

Paradise Park Mt Hood Flowers

Paradise Park, Mt Hood Wildflower extravaganza Mount Hood Pussypaws Bear Grass Subalpine Cat’s Ears Late July is a phenomenal time to visit Paradise Park on the the southwest slopes of Mt Hood, nestled up on fingers of meadows stretching out from the forest between the Paradise Branch of the Sandy River and the Zigzag River.Continue reading “Paradise Park Mt Hood Flowers”

Badger Creek and the Divide Trail

Badger Creek and the Divide Trail Starting in the afternoon at High Prairie on the northwest corner of the Badger Creek Wilderness within Mt. Hood National Forest, I set out on foot down the rocky Bennet Pass Rd, the historic route now 4×4 route that runs along the west boundary of the wilderness. There wereContinue reading “Badger Creek and the Divide Trail”