Snow on Mt Hood, but will it last?

Merry Christmas! While we didn't get a white Christmas in town, Mt Hood finally received about 4-10" of snow at pass level. I had Friday off from work, so I decided to go up to Frog Lake SnoPark and check it out.

I arrived later than I normally like to, but luckily the parking lot was nearly empty. There was one other snowmobiler already there. He happened to be a gentleman I met early season last year at Bennett Pass SnoPark.

Unloading Polaris Switchback Assault snowmobile at Frog Lake SnoPark     Some snow at Frog Lake SnoPark

I first rode below Frog Lake Buttes, but turned around after a couple miles as the snow thinned out. The snow was better up higher on the trail to Frog Lake Buttes.

Snowmobiling up to Frog Lake Buttes     More snow up higher
Fresh snowmobile track on Frog Lake Buttes     Sunbreaks over fresh snow near Mt Hood

On my way back I headed down the trail to Frog Lake, but was stopped by a large pile of fallen trees. Since I had my small Echo chainsaw with me, I decided to clear the log pile. It took a little while, but with the help of another snowmobiler we cleared the fallen trees.

Fallen trees blocking trail to Frog Lake     Trees cut out of way of trail

Another snowstorm is headed our way this weekend, so I'll probably be back up on Sunday hopefully for some better riding. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this is finally the start of snowmobiling season.

Frog Lake, Oregon

Gear List

2013 Polaris 800 Switchback Assault Snowmobile
Echo CS-271T chainsaw
HMK Summit V16 Pack
GMAX GM76X Helmet
Smith Phenom Turbo Fan Goggles
Columbia Men’s Bugaboot Max Electric Boots
HMK Hustler 2 Snowmobile Pants
Columbia Titanium Hightail II Softshell Jacket
HMK Cascade Snowmobile Jacket
Columbia Powerfly Down Puff Jacket
Head Digital Sport Liner Gloves
Outdoor Research Ambit Gloves
Columbia Men's Fast Trek Fleece Hat
Petzl TIKKA XP 2 Headlamp
Olympus Tough TG-1 Camera
Lifeline Aluminum Sport Utility Snow Shovel
First Aid Kit
Samsung Galaxy S5 w/BackCountry Navigator
Suunto A-10 Compass


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