Saturday, December 20, 2014

Geo 730: December 20, Day 719: Timberline Trail

Timberline Trail circumnavigates all of Mount Hood, as the name implies, near timberline. Here it can be seen descending into the upper valley of the White River (unless you're taking the trail clockwise, in which case it's ascending from that valley). I did consider walking down there, but decided I didn't want to make the climb back up. According to the PDF at the link up front, the trail is "only" 36.6 miles/58.9 kilometers- I could've easily done it in two days, or a leisurely three, 30 years ago, but these days, not so much. This photo also does a good job of showing how persistent the snow is. We were probably right about 6000 feet here (the lodge is at 5960 feet), and that little finger of snow field up the valley appears to be below, or at least close to, our elevation.

Photo unmodified. October 10, 2012. FlashEarth location.

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