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by teachpdx
December 7th, 2018, 1:29 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Winter access to McNeil Point area?
Replies: 14
Views: 236

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: 236

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: 141

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...
by teachpdx
November 26th, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: zigged where I should have zagged; semi-lost on Zigzag Mtn
Replies: 20
Views: 620

Re: zigged where I should have zagged; semi-lost on Zigzag Mtn

Sounds like an epic adventure! I know the area well and can understand how it would be easy to make the turn you did, especially mistaking Cast Lake for Burnt Lake. I use the basic vector map (offline) in the Galileo app on my phone, it contains most local trails with surprising accuracy and the bui...
by teachpdx
November 26th, 2018, 1:19 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Snowshoeing near Mt. Hood?
Replies: 6
Views: 141

Re: Snowshoeing near Mt. Hood?

At Rhododendron's elevation, snow amounts can vary from none to a decent amount in early December. It all depends on timing of individual weather systems and how cold they are. Your best bet (but maybe a bit steep) is probably Mirror Lake (check snow conditions for Skibowl as they will be identical)...
by teachpdx
October 17th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Breitenbush Lake TH vs. South Breitenbush TH?
Replies: 7
Views: 323

Re: Breitenbush Lake TH vs. South Breitenbush TH?

I've always been curious about the Woodpecker Trail. It seems like it should have some incredible views of Mt. Jeff through the recent burn.
Does anybody know if the road up to the Woodpecker Trailhead is in decent shape for a normal passenger car?
by teachpdx
October 12th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Road to Siouxon TH
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Re: Road to Siouxon TH

I went up a couple years ago (before the Forest Service 4x4 warning) and there were only a couple of slumps where I had to slow down and gingerly navigate my car through. One of them was like driving over a low curb... I just had to go at an angle. I can only imagine that they have gotten worse over...
by teachpdx
September 12th, 2018, 4:01 pm
Forum: Hiking in the News
Topic: Missing hiker believed to be victim of cougar attack
Replies: 39
Views: 2181

Re: Missing hiker believed to be victim of cougar attack

One of the news articles posted today mentioned that she had mace and a "sharp object", and neither of those were enough to combat the attack. It seems she was about as prepared as a hiker could be to encounter a cougar... and that makes you think... https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/missing/sh...
by teachpdx
August 28th, 2018, 8:03 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Best Easy Access Newt Sight Seeing?
Replies: 11
Views: 597

Re: Best Easy Access Newt Sight Seeing?

Soapstone Lake, on the way out to the Coast. Combine it with a trip to the beach... it's a one mile hike in, and I saw dozens of newts only a few weeks ago.
by teachpdx
August 23rd, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mt Adams North
Replies: 5
Views: 859

Re: Mt Adams North

The Foggy Flat/Devils Garden area is one of my favorite spots on Mt. Adams. It's gorgeous and also super remote, glad that you got to see the area! There was a trip report posted awhile back (but I can't find it now) that mentioned a tarn due south of Foggy Flat at around 7000' (46.248579, -121.4888...