Hamilton Mt 2-26-2018 – Oregon Side Observation

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Hamilton Mt 2-26-2018 – Oregon Side Observation

Post by dmthomas49 » February 28th, 2018, 2:51 pm

Hiked Hamilton Mountain on Monday Feb. 26. I didn’t plan on taking a lot of photos, so I only brought my phone. The trail was in good condition.
Oregon Ridgelines 1.jpg
Something that we noticed on the Oregon side of the gorge was how the ridgelines give a very dark shadow now that there is no foliage on the trees from the burn. With more trees on the ridgeline than on the slopes, this appeared to create the dark shading.
Oregon Ridgelines 2.jpg
It is very different appearance than we have ever seen. I believe that light snow and frost on the ground enhanced this view. It reminds us of how many years there are ahead before things get back to looking full and green again.
The snow on the last section to the summit was about 12-16 inches and we were breaking through. It was a soft powder, so we did not have our gaiters on.
Breaking snow near top.jpg
We used micro spikes to safely get up the rocky sections further down.
Snow on Hamilton.jpg
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Re: Hamilton Mt 2-26-2018 – Oregon Side Observation

Post by kepPNW » March 1st, 2018, 6:52 am

Noted, and was oddly fascinated by, the same thing on 2/19...
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    From the saddle.

    Darkened ridges on and beyond Munra.
Back on the trail, again...

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Re: Hamilton Mt 2-26-2018 – Oregon Side Observation

Post by Chip Down » March 7th, 2018, 9:17 pm

Thomas, looks like you had more fun that day than I did.
I noticed this phenomenon a couple days ago, and wondered if I would have noticed it if I hadn't been looking for it. I suppose so.

Karl, great cornice pic!

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