After a fun summer; filled with skateboarding, river sessions, and camping the stoke is growing for winter. My new lady friend, Kelcie, showed interest in going on hike and doing some snowboarding. Naturally, I was down. I told her, this time of year is plagued with long approaches and poor snow conditions but, she wasn't discouraged. On the second weekend in September, we headed to the North side of Mt. Hood, to check out the conditions on Snow Dome. Last summer, the road up to Clad Cap Campground was closed. With it opening up this summer, it was awesome to get easy access to this side of the Mountain.
Mt. Hood's North side.
We camped on the E. Fork Hood River on Friday night, and drove up to Cloud Cap in the morning. An hour out of the campground, we had made good progress, and were hiking the trail down onto the Moraine. The views were nice.
We hiked up to the shelf on the Eliot Glacier. We checked things out, and found a suitable place to cross the crevasse field. We didn't cross on this section, but I was able to squeeze in a good picture.
After a successful glacier crossing, we were rocking it up to, snow, on Snow Dome.
Being September 13th, the snow was sun-cupped. Kelcie, hiking up Snow Dome, with the Eliot Glacier in the background.
It was nice to get into the mountains after a multi month vacation. Trips into the mountains like these are so awesome, they help to keep everything in perspective.
After soaking in the views, we decided to drop. With sup-par snow conditions, we only hiked halfway up Snow Dome.
No riding pictures, because the riding was nothing special. Here's a picture of our "tracks" from the hike out.
After an interesting snowboarding run, we crossed the Eliot Glacier, and hiked back to the campground. It was an awesome trip. the Eliot Glacier is really spectacular. The stoke for winter is steadily growing. A parting shot of the Eliot and Mt. Hood as the sun fades away.