Snowmobiling

05
Mar
2017
jloomis

Olallie Lake, So much snow!

Picture of Olallie Lake in the winter

John and I spent the weekend camping at Skyline SnoPark and snowmobiling to Olallie Lake. We brought John's camper this trip. It is about a 34 mile snowmobile ride to Olalllie Lake from Skyline SnoPark.

19
Feb
2017
jloomis

Family Snow Day 2017 - Frog Lake, Oregon

Picture of family snow day at Frog Lake, Oregon

After changing our plans last minute due to flight cancellations in San Diego, our Family Snow Day 2017 took place on Sunday. We had only ten of us this year with family from San Diego, CA and Reno, NV joining us. The weather was perfect with partly cloudy skies and a temperature around freezing much of the day.We had sun breaks and snow showers.

10
Dec
2016
jloomis

Snow camping and snowmobiling - Little John Sno-Park, Oregon

Picture of snow camping at Little John Sno-Park

My friend John and I played hooky from work Friday and headed up to Little John Sno-Park on the East side of Mt Hood to snow camp and snowmobile. We waited to leave town until the freezing rain from overnight had thawed out enough to safely drive. We arrived at Little John Sno-Park just before noon to snow showers and a temperature of 14°F. There was one other vehicle in the parking lot and lots of snow. Little John Sno-Park is a low elevation sno-park (3,300') just of hwy 35 between Mt Hood Meadows and Parkdale. It is not often we find this much snow here. I was excited.

03
Dec
2016
jloomis

Snowmobiling from Frog Lake Sno Park

Picture of snowmobiling near Frog Lake Buttes

My friend Kevin and I went snowmobiling from Frog Lake Sno Park on Saturday morning. We arrived just before 8 AM to a slushy parking lot and a temperature around 32°F with wet snow showers. We were one of the first ones there, but I wasn't expecting f very busy day as there is still not very much snow in the lower elevations around Mount Hood.

02
Dec
2016
jloomis

Family snowmobile adventure near Lookout Mountain

Picture of Katie and Julian snowmobiling near Lookout Mountain, Oregon

Katie and I both took Friday off to celebrate my birthday up in the snow. We had hoped to go snow camping, but the weather was not looking good overnight (rain in the forecast instead of snow). We ended up going snowmobiling for the day near Lookout Mountain (same place we were two weeks ago).

17
Nov
2016
jloomis

Not quite enough snow yet for the 2016/17 snowmobile season

Picture of early season snowmobiling at Bennett Pass, Oregon

We had our first real snow storm Tuesday night into Wednesday. The snow came down below pass level on Mt Hood finally. I was beginning to wonder if it would ever get cold with the record warm days we have been having this month. Being the first storm and a forecast of rising snow levels this weekend, I took Thursday off to see if there was enough snow to snowmobile. I took my friend Kevin and we headed to my customary early season riding area at Bennett Pass Sno Park.

13
Mar
2016
jloomis

Finally a spring snowstorm worthy of another snowmobile trip

Picture of snowmobiling near High Rock, Oregon

Snow levels have finally come back down to pass level, so my friend John and I went snowmobiling near Mt Hood on Sunday. We were the only ones at Skyline Sno Park. Most of the snow at pass level had melted since we were last up. But luckily there was enough new snow to cover the bare spots.

13
Feb
2016
jloomis

Family Snow Day 2016 - Frog Lake, Oregon

Picture of family snow day 2016 near Frog Lake, Oregon

After not being able to host our annual family snow day last year due to a lack of snow, we were happy to continue with our tradition this weekend. We had eighteen of us this year with family from San Diego, CA and Reno, NV joining us. The weather was nearly perfect with mostly cloudy skies and a temperature around freezing much of the day.

06
Feb
2016
jloomis

Snowmobiling around Mt Hood, Oregon

Picture of snowmobiling near Mt Hood, Oregon

I took my brother-in-law Scott snowmobiling Saturday near Mt Hood. We unloaded from Frog Lake SnoPark and had beautiful weather. The temperature started just below freezing and warmed into the upper 30's. The trails were packed snow with consolidated snow off trail.

24
Jan
2016
jloomis

Snow Camping near Elk Lake - Detroit Ranger District, Oregon

Picture of snow camping near Elk Lake, Oregon

The annual snow camping trip with my friend Kyle had finally arrived. Unfortunately the weather forecast was less than stellar, with rain in the mountains in January. That's Western Oregon for you: never predictable which makes planning anything in advance difficult.

09
Jan
2016
jloomis

Barlow Creek and Bonney Meadows Snowmobile Ride

Picture of snowmobiling at Bonney Meadows, Oregon

While Julian spent the day with "Grammy", Katie and I went to the mountain to snowmobile. Originally we planned to ride from Frog Lake SnoPark, but it was too busy with dog sled races, so we ended up nearby at Skyline SnoPark. It was snowing lightly and about 24°F which was quite a bit warmer than last weekend.

02
Jan
2016
jloomis

Snow Camping near Clear Lake, Oregon

Picture of snow camping near Clear Lake, Oregon along Clear Creek

It's the new year, so it's time for another adventure - snow camping with a two year old. Even through we were working around a toddler's schedule, we still managed to leave only 15 minutes later than I wanted. Luckily we still made it to Skyline SnoPark before it became crowded. It was 9°F when we arrived with moderate wind and snow flurries. It was definitely going to be a cold snow camping trip.

31
Dec
2015
jloomis

Setting up snow camp for the New Year

Picture of snow camping gear hauled in by snowmobile

I had the last day of 2015 off today, so I took advantage and went up to the mountain to set up snow camp for tomorrow. I found a nice snow camping spot along Clear Creek not far from Skyline SnoPark a couple weeks ago, so Katie, Julian, and I plan to snow camp for one night on New Years Day 2016.

24
Dec
2015
jloomis

Snowmobiling near Frog Lake with our Mini Adventurer

Picture of Katie and Julian snowmobiling near Frog Lake, Oregon

Katie and I both had Christmas eve off work, so we went up to Frog Lake SnoPark with our Mini Adventurer to introduce him to snowmobiling. We pulled him in a sled behind the snowmobiles last year, but this was his first time actually riding on one. We have a harness that attaches a child either to the front (which is what we did) or the back of an adult rider.

20
Dec
2015
jloomis

Frog Lake to Rock Creek Reservoir Snowmobile Adventure

Picture of Snowmobiling near Frog Lake, Oregon

After a fun day snowmobiling yesterday, my friend Ryan and I headed to Frog Lake SnoPark today to ride. We were the first ones in the parking lot around 7:15 AM besides two cars that had been there overnight. It was about 28°F and dumping snow.

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