It was a dreary, rainy day in Portland and I had the day off so decided to get out of town. The pup is recovering from surgery so no skiing or snowshoeing. But we stopped here and there for pictures and a little play. The route around the mountain is somewhere in the area of 120 miles for me. Up the mountain on Hwy 26; a quick side trip to Timberline is always in order; then down and around the mountain on Hwy 35 to Hood River. Freeway (I-84) to home. It was a great day and I got to alleviate some of the Portland rainy season cabin fever I’ve been feeling.
Pulling into Government Camp, at just 4,000 ft the snow is trying not to melt into slush. Off the road, there’s plenty of downhill and XC snow.
The pup got to lick some snow. She loves that!
One of my favorite easy-to-get-to trails. I once made the mistake of starting out on this loop trail on XC skis with some friends after noon. We were way too confident and wound up finally dragging our butts in to the ski lodge about nine hours later in the dark.
On the road to Timberline Lodge. The clouds were really low today and made it look like whiteout conditions but it wasn’t even snowing. As always, windy and cold.
End of the road at 6,000 ft. We sat in the parking lot for a bit, fed the dog, had a sandwich, kicked back. I sure love all the room in the van to move around. I kinda felt sorry for the folks in their regular vehicles. All those wet clothes and nowhere to move.
Even after all these years, I can never get enough of Timberline Lodge. I love the tunnel they put up so people can reach the front door despite the snow piling up. One year we had twenty five feet of snow pack up there and the drifts around that tunnel were huge. It was like entering some kind of winter wonderland, all warm and cozy inside.
Here’s what it looks like in summer:
All the way around the mountain to catch I-84 back home. Even in the rain and cold, the Columbia Gorge is still one of the most beautiful places in the world.