Snowshoeing Mt. Hood
Happy New Decade everyone!
A few months ago I saw a fascinating TED Talk by Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman that explained how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” experience happiness differently. Essentially, the memory of an experience is much more powerful than the actual experience of an experience. Our remembering self is a storyteller, and our stories, our memories, are what we keep from an experience. In the end, it isn’t how good or bad an experience is while we’re living it but the way in which we remember it that dictates how we will forever feel about it.
If that is the case, then I hope my remembering self will catalog 2010 based on the way I spent the last day of it: under a clear, blue sky in the Oregon backcountry, shadowed by Mt. Hood.
For those of you that want to embark on this snowshoeing adventure here are the details:
Driving directions to Mt. Hood
From Portland take I-84 east to the Wood Village exit, turn right off of the exit. Continue until you reach Burnside and turn left on Burnside. Burnside turns into Highway 26 and highway 26 will take you to Mt. Hood. There are plenty of snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails off of Highway 26. Park at any sno-park and look for the hiking or cross-country trails. You’ll need a sno-park parking pass that can be purchased for $5 at Joe’s Doughnuts in Sandy (a town you’ll drive through on your way to Mt. Hood) or at any of the ski resorts.
A note about the roads: Highway 26 near Mt. Hood can be very hazardous in the wintertime. Studded tires or tire chains are sometimes required during incliment weather (and are recommended, even when they aren’t required). Make sure you carry the proper equipment in your car. If you have a rental car, ask that they include tire chains.
Mt. Hood snowshoe route
For this particular route, park in the Ski-Bowl west parking lot (you’ll see signs on Highway 26). Find the Summit Trail at the north end of the parking lot, near the overflow parking. If you’re confused, just ask one of the parking attendants and they’ll point you in the right direction.
Mt. Hood snowshoe rentals
Snowshoes, boots, and poles are cheap and easy to rent. We stopped in Sandy at Winter Fox Ski Shop and came out five minutes later with two sets of snowshoes, two sets of poles and one pair of waterproof boots (Brian has his own) for only $26.
Happy New Year to all of you. I hope that 2011 brings you happiness, healthiness and adventure.
Is the bad weather getting you down? Make the most of the snowy season and escape to the mountains. There are a variety of wonderful ski holidays available to you.