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by teachpdx
February 20th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Timberline Trail tips?
Replies: 14
Views: 212

Re: Timberline Trail tips?

I'd recommend a 4 day that's CCW from Top Spur TH... to Paradise Park the first night, Newton Creek the second, and the Elk Cove/Dollar Lake areas the third. The people finishing their CW Labor Day weekend loop will all be on the opposite side of the mountain when you set off. It's also great timing...
by teachpdx
February 20th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: where to go next weekend?
Replies: 2
Views: 53

Re: where to go next weekend?

Welcome! Hope you enjoy your visit. A couple questions: Will you have a car? Are you comfortable with snow/winter conditions? If no car, I would recommend Tryon Creek State Park or one of the many trails in Forest Park... all accessible with transit. If you have a car, the Coast could be a good bet,...
by teachpdx
February 12th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: unplanned bivy stories
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: unplanned bivy stories

My cousin and I spent an unplanned night on Mt. St. Helens back in late September 2004 (I was in high school at the time). We planned to do a night climb and hit the summit for sunrise; however, the weather had a different plan. We prepped for a forecast of 40 degrees and partly cloudy, but at aroun...
by teachpdx
January 29th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: CottonwoodCanyon - 1-24-19 - Pinnacles Trail
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Re: CottonwoodCanyon - 1-24-19 - Pinnacles Trail

I'm looking forward to checking out these cabins sometime soon.

A great base for local exploration, and priced at a steal for a place that sleeps 8.
by teachpdx
January 25th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Ello! Stoked...
Replies: 2
Views: 128

Re: Ello! Stoked...

Welcome! Glad you are enjoying your explorations around the PNW so far. I love the winter hiking around here, but it requires the right equipment and the perfect balance of weather... which rarely happens. Starting in a couple months I'll be spending most every weekend somewhere up in the mountains,...
by teachpdx
January 14th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Russell Lake
Replies: 2
Views: 196

Re: Russell Lake

Russell Lake? In January? The road to South Breitenbush TH won't be snow-free until sometime in July. Russell Lake is still probably 20+ miles of deep snow and/or alpine travel from the nearest plowed/open road... one way. And once you get there, there won't be anything to see except wide-open field...
by teachpdx
January 11th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Does Mirror Lake Trailhead Require a Sno-Park Pass?
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: Does Mirror Lake Trailhead Require a Sno-Park Pass?

Absolutely yes.
Buy yourself an annual sno-park pass to save some money.
by teachpdx
December 7th, 2018, 1:29 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Winter access to McNeil Point area?
Replies: 14
Views: 444

Re: Winter access to McNeil Point area?

Any idea when they'll reopen the Laurance lake road? Also, if I could get up there in the winter, I'd probably go from there towards Snowdome or Langille crags instead of hiking around to McNeil point. The closure was "supposed" to last until October 31, 2018, but it may continue through the winter...
by teachpdx
December 7th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Winter access to McNeil Point area?
Replies: 14
Views: 444

Re: Winter access to McNeil Point area?

The road to Laurance Lake is plowed all winter long. Have you considered departing from there, heading up via Elk Cove/Dollar Lake/Barrett Spur to the McNeil Point area? Seems like less avalanche risk, but definitely not doable in one day. Lots of altitude gain in deep snow. I've always wanted to sn...
by teachpdx
November 27th, 2018, 1:41 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Snowshoeing near Mt. Hood?
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: Snowshoeing near Mt. Hood?

If memory serves, there is a short, groomed snowshoe loop trail just NE of Timberline Lodge. It's definitely far below your intended range. I have snowshoed west of the Lodge, staying at generally 6100'-6300' and above the Timberline Trail (and timberline in general), out to the point above the Zigz...