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Aug 22, 2017 - Geology and Erosion

Destructive Forces for Good Tuesday, August 22: The Mt. Hood Ranger District on the east side Route: US-26 → OR-35N → Tamanawas Falls Trailhead -> OR-35S -> Sahalie Falls Trailhead -> Umbrella Falls -> OR-35S -> Still Creek Campsite #4 Weather: last night and this morning were a little warmer than yesterday, about 52F, with morning haze. As the haze burned off, the bright sun heated the air to about 80F by mid-afternoon. Light winds wafted smoke south from the Indian Creek wildfire to shroud Mt. Hood. Highlights: -- an early, hot, oatmeal...

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Aug 22, 2017 - Sahalie and Umbrella Falls

Mt. Hood Meadows Notes from the Sahalie and Umbrella Trail Loop: Around the loop: 5 miles Elevation gain: 1170 feet Driving south on OR-35 towards the campground we stopped at the Elk Meadows and Sahalie and Umbrella Falls trailheads in the parking area of the Mt. Hood Meadows ski hill. To shorten the hike to Sahalie Falls there is an unofficial parking area along Mt. Hood Meadows Drive. Umbrella Falls can also be reached by a shorter hike starting at the trailhead in the Mt. Hood Meadows Main Parking Lot. We preferred to hike rather than...

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Aug 21, 2017 - Tom, Dick and Harry Trail

A Solar Eclipse Hike Monday, August 21: Still Lake Campground to Tom, Dick and Harry Trail Route: US-26 → Mirror Lake Trailhead → Mt. Hood Village Store → Campsite 4 Weather: low 50s at night warming to a pleasant, dry afternoon in the 70s; a clear blue sky for eclipse viewing Highlights: -- the first night in our new MSR Elixir 3 tent, using our new North Face sleeping bag as a double bed comforter. With the tent fly vents open and just the mesh-sided tent, the North Face bag kept us warm enough to sleep without pyjamas but we would have...

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Aug 20, 2017 - Mt. Hood

Real camping at last! Sunday, August 20: Redmond/Central Oregon KOA → Still Creek Campsite #4 in Mt Hood NF Route: OR-97N → US-26N Weather: sunny but smoky haze towards Mt. Jefferson, high 70s in the afternoon cooling to the 60s by dinner Highlights: -- leaving the KOA by 8:15 for the 1.5 hour drive to the Still Creek Campsite #4 in the Hood River National Forest -- walking the gravel Still Creek Road to Trillium Lake (2 miles) and the Trillium Lake Loop Trail (2 miles) for a total of about 6 easy, scenic miles of walking today. The...

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Jun 16, 2009 - Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood

Although we focus our trips on seeing the national parks, there are other locations along the way that just can't be missed. The Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood are a couple of those in this area. We've said it before, but it bears repeating - this area of the country is just absolutely beautiful! More than anywhere else we've been on this vacation, this area reminds us of home, but that doesn't really do it justice. It is actually must prettier than most places back home, except maybe for the Smokey Mtns! The forests here are composed...

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