Snowshoeing on Mt. Hood

Marisa wanted to try snowshoeing for the longest time, and finally, last weekend, I gave in. I must say that I was resistant to go, but my fears were wholly unwarranted. I guess I was hesitant to try it because it had the potential to be very difficult, with a questionable reward. It turns out that snowshoeing is actually quite fun, and absolutely worth the sweat.
the view
We headed out around 10am on Saturday, stopping in Sandy on the way to rent snowshoes. They ran $12 a pair at a small shop along Highway 26 in the middle of town. They also came with a free dose of really good advice about where to go without having to chain up, which was invaluable. We also lucked into a spotlessly beautiful day in which to head out. After stopping off for a donut and our Snow Park pass at the donut shop, we headed for White River, a park on Highway 35, near Mt. Hood Meadows.
Marisa posingNick posing
Nick smiling
We pulled into the first parking lot labled “White River,” and were surprised by how small and packed with cars it was. After we loaded up and strapped in, we ran into another couple who was confused about where the trail might be. We had no idea, so they asked someone else. We, being rugged individualists, forged on through the woods, headed toward the mountaintop. We soon discovered the main parking lot, approximately 1/4 of a mile farther along, with plenty of spots. On the other end of the lot was the river, and the valley surrounding it.

marisa and the mountain
Nick and marisa taking a break
At first we were a bit dismayed by the large turnout; dozens of rowdy kids were running around with sleds. A quick turn off the main path and into the wooded area revived our spirits, however. The forest was quiet with snow, beautiful, and sparsely populated. We walked reasonably far toward the peak of the mountain, with a long break in the middle to lay in the snow and admire the scenery. We took as different a path as possible back to our car, taking time to befoul large swaths of untouched snow along the way (with our footprints).

Nick makes a wistful look
the path
All told, we spent about three hours walking around and taking photos. A stop at the Dairy Queen in Rhododendron on the way home was a great capper to the day. We will do it again, and you should too!
Nick snowshoeing alone

The Electrorock Playlist

This mix was made to ring in 2010, but works perfectly as a workout or party mix. It’s digitally mixed, which means no breaks in between, and no breaks on the dance floor!

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    track list

  • 1. Muse – Uprising
  • 2. Metric – Help I’m Alive
  • 3. MGMT – Kids (Soulwax Remix)
  • 4. Of Montreal – Gallery Piece
  • 5. Le Tigre – Deceptakon (DFA Remix)
  • 6. MIA – 10
  • 7. Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
  • 8. Gorillaz – Dare (DFA Remix)
  • 9. Hot Chip – (Just Like We) Break Down (DFA Remix)
  • 10. The Killers – Human
  • 11. Dizzee Rascal – Stand Up Tall
  • 12. Basement Jaxx – Hot ‘n’ Cold
  • 13. Soul Coughing – Super Bon Bon (Propellorheads Remix)
  • 14. White Zombie & Young MC – Blur the Fastest Rhyme
  • 15. Beck – Get Real Paid
  • 16. Of Montreal – Plastis Wafer
  • 17. St. Vincent – Marrow
  • 18. MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix)
  • 19. Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder