This is a hike from late August that I posted a few photos in the Random Thoughts thread, but wanted to share them here as well.
The overall goal is to complete pretty much all of the trails shown on this map and more.
Trail starts off nice and easy, you drop 500-600 feet into this canyon and cross an alpine river in your first mile.
Then you climb 500-600 feet out of the canyon to look back at your starting point not too far away in your second mile.
There are so many little ecosystems on Mt Hood, it is really amazing to explore them.
A couple decades ago, a fire came through the area and devastated the landscape near Cloud Cap Inn. (Cloud Cap Inn is a Search and Rescue base camp for alpine rescuers known as Crag Rats. Very cool building that was saved from the fire and rebuilt after the Forest Service donated it to the Crag Rats.)
Have to keep looking up. I have told myself that I am not going to chase the summit, but won't turn down a request to join someone else to the top. As long as I keep to that, I should spare myself the expense of truly technical mountaineering gear.
Back in the New Deal, the CCC came through and made this amazing trail network. As base camps, they made these shelters that are much more isolated from the weather than the ones back in New Mexico.
A few weeks prior to this, I stopped here for sunset and walked into a Bob Ross painting on my way back to the truck.