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”

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”