Snow in the Springtime

My husband and I have a habit of choosing spring vacations in destinations that are still in the process of thawing out.  Memorial Day may seem like the beginning of summer to a lot of people, but in mountainous outdoor areas, it’s still a very likely possibility that snow will still be covering trails.  This year’s visit to the Mount Hood was no exception.

Outdoors in Oregon:

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  2. The Columbia River Gorge & Whitewater Rafting the White Salmon River
  3. From Coast to Winery
  4. Taking the Long Way to Ape Cave
  5. Snow in the Springtime
  6. Things I Learned About Travel Preferences on this Trip

Every year, my husband and I book a trip over Memorial Day weekend to celebrate our anniversary.  Every year when we have the discussion about where to go, we’re both anxiously awaiting springtime hikes.  Every year, we want to go into the mountains.  And every year, there’s snow on the trails.  We’ve tried Yosemite, Rocky Mountain National Park, and (this year) Oregon.  You’d think we’d learn…

…And actually, we have.  We simply pack layers of clothing, waterproof footwear, and try to choose trails that might be passable early in the season.  Sure enough, a little bit of planning and we figured we’d hike to Mirror Lake and (ideally) to the west summit of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain.

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This is a beautiful hike that is relatively easy on the way to Mirror Lake.  Not only was the lake beautiful with a few fringes of snow around, but after we had been sitting and enjoying the area for awhile, the Oregon weather turned and it started lightly raining.  You can see the difference in the weather quite clearly, in only a matter of minutes.

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Luckily, a little rain wouldn’t stop us and we continued upward.  The weather cleared again (a sure sign you’re in Oregon…) and we had some nice views of the surrounding area.

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Eventually, though, the trail became more and more covered with snow and we knew we wouldn’t make it all the way to the summit.

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Instead, we decided to drive over to Timberline Lodge.  Their scenic chairlift wasn’t running during our visit, but we got the impression we could’ve still gone skiing in May if we had wanted to!  The amount of snow was gorgeous, especially since we don’t see a lot of it back home in Virginia.

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With an absurd amount of snow still waiting to melt for the summer, this was a great experience.
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If you’re looking for information on a different destination, check out my other trip reports for inspiration!

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Becky

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Becky loves hiking and the outdoors, reading a good book on a rainy day, practicing yoga with friends, cooking with Sinatra in the background, relaxing with her husband and a good glass of wine, and above all: travel. Read more about Becky.

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Comments

  1. says

    Whiteface mountain in upstate NY received almost 3 feet of snow on Memorial Day weekend this year. Whiteface isn’t nearly as high as Mt Hood, and upstate ny traditionally doesn’t receive late may snow, but this was prob the coldest spring I have ever experienced in NY.

  2. Jonathan says

    Actually, I was there in mid-June and you could still get some skiing in at the higher elevations above the Timberline Lodge.

    Note: check the times of the lift before you go, the lift for non-skiers didn’t open until 12 the day we were there.

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