Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The mountain

Made the first trip to Mt. Hood this past weekend (Mar 11th) on Saturday. We rented some snow shoes and did abit of walking... a shitload. On our way through the last town before getting to the wilderness we stopped at a donut shop because they had good donuts and really because I needed to purchase a $15 Sno*pass, which is the cost of an annual parking permit basically. In the donut shop Heidi says, "How about a Maple bar their really good." "Um, wtf is a maple bar?" Basically it's a long john with maple flavored frosting. Not bad. And I guess I learned the local lingo for a long john donut. After a short drive we hit the Tillium Lake Trailhead parking lot. The trailhead sign said the loop was 3.5 miles... try more like 7-8 miles. It took us a little over 2 hours and Heidi was spent - even I had a sore ankle (however I do think it was because of the new boots purchased the day before). Trillium Lake is at about 4000 feet of elevation. After the walk we drove up to this ski resort called Timberline which is at 6000 feet. LOTS of snow. Tire chains or traction tires required. We had a couple beers and dinner at the ski lodge and then drove back to Portland.

On the way to Mt. Hood... it's snowing
Putting the snow shoes on
A beautiful hike...
You think the lodge is has abit of snow on it?
Food and beer after a hard day :)

You can check out the rest of the photo's here. The slideshow actually is a pretty good tool.

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