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”

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”

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”

Timberline Trail Loop

Timberline Trail Loop 2021 Note: If you haven’t yet heard about the alterations to the route neccesary this year due to the destruction of trail above the Muddy Fork, visit this Detour Information Page Timberline Trail Detour July 7, 2021 With significantly lower temperatures, and even some clouds in the forecast, on Tuesday evening IContinue reading “Timberline Trail Loop”

Badger Creek Wilderness, Jordan Creek and Points Between

Badger Creek Wilderness, Jordan Creek, and Points Between Continuing to explore the eastern side of Mt Hood National Forest, today I pieced together 26 miles of roads ranging from pavement to decommissioned and nearly overgrown, trails both well taken care of and nearly forgotten, and off trail peak wandering. I started by exploring an oldContinue reading “Badger Creek Wilderness, Jordan Creek and Points Between”

The Zigzag Loop

I’d been looking at this route through the mountains west of Mt Hood as an opportunity to experience the full length of the Zig Zag Mountain Trail without having to double back on any of the trail. The return length of the loop would follow roads and the Pioneer Bridle Trail for a less interesting,Continue reading “The Zigzag Loop”

Horseshoe Ridge in the Clouds

Horseshoe Ridge rises up from the flats around the Sandy River, climbing up to meet the Zigzag mountain range west of Mt. Hood. The top of the ridge is a rocky boulder pile of a summit covered in beargrass and blueberries. There is a gorgeous open grassy viewpoint just south on the Zigzag Mountain TrailContinue reading “Horseshoe Ridge in the Clouds”