In late april, after some much needed precipitation, high pressure returned to dominance over the Oregon Cascades. Due to poor snow conditions, I had not been up on Mt. Hood since January, and I was itching for a visit. After a week of warm days and freezing nights, I was hopeful for a consolidated snowpack, and decided to check out the steep slopes on the Eastside of the Mountain. My plan was to climb up the Wy' East face and snowboard down the Newton Clark Headwall, conditions dependent. I left SW Portland around 4am and was hiking from the car by 5:30am.
Hiking through the ski resort I saw a coyote roaming around for scraps.
I always enjoy this climb, as it is a direct and efficient route up the mountain. Im going yonder…
The poor snow year is evident in our spring snowpack. The bergschrund onto the Newton Clark Glacier is already starting to open up.
4 hours from the car, by 9:30am, I had reached my high point. The view into the crater, and its swarms of mountain climbers.
A very smokey/hazey morning. Looking south, I could not even see Mt. Jefferson.
This was my run. The snow was not fully consolidated but, an early start and overnight freeze kept potential avalanche danger at bay.
The snow was edge-able and fun. Looking back up at the slope from the glacier. I rode thru the big chute in the center of the frame.
And then it was creamy corn turns in Super Bowl. 5700' vertical of boarding, not a bad way to start the day.