Snowmobiling

25
Mar
2018
jloomis

Fresh powder on Mt Saint Helens, a snowmobilers dream

We have received some great Spring snow in the mountains this week. We even had a light dusting at our house Saturday morning. We (Kevin and I) decided to ride Mt Saint Helens on Sunday with our friend Steve we met on Adams a month or so back.

11
Mar
2018
jloomis

Snowmobiling on Mt Adams A.G. Aiken Lava Bed

Picture of snowmobiling on Mt Adams near A.G. Aiken Lava Bed

Kevin and I decided to give Mt Adams a try on Sunday. I wanted to see if we could get up onto the A.G. Aiken Lava Bed on the South side of Mt Adams near the boundary of the Yakima Indian Reservation. The A.G. Aiken Lava Bed is just over one mile East of the popular South climb trailhead at Cold Springs campground. The weather was beautiful with mostly sunny skies and a temperature around 30°F. We unloaded the sleds at SnowKing Sno-Park which is about 6 miles Northeast of Trout Lake, Washington off forest road 82.

04
Mar
2018
jloomis

Snowmobiling from Shellrock Creek - Mt Hood, Oregon

Picture of snowmobiling near High Rock - Mt Hood, Oregon

Kevin and I decided to snowmobile on around Mt Hood on Sunday. Instead of fighting the ski/snowboard traffic off hwy 26 or hwy 35, we chose to unload our snowmobiles from the Upper Clackamas side of the mountain near Shellrock Creek campground. There was already another trailer parked when we arrived, but still plenty of room for us on the side of the road.

19
Feb
2018
jloomis

Snowmobiling near Mt Adams, Washington

Picture of snowmobiling near the berry fields West of Mt Adams, Washington

Winter has come back with a vengeance. I am ecstatic. We had some great snow fall in the mountains over the weekend and my friend Kevin and I took Monday off to go snowmobiling. I awoke to a couple inches of snow at home! It hardly ever snows down this low. It was shaping up to be an awesome day.

We loaded my sled onto Kevin's sled deck and headed East before crossing the Columbia River into Washington. We were headed to Lone Butte SnoPark again on the West side of Mt Adams. When we arrived there was no one else there.

10
Feb
2018
jloomis

Mt St. Helens Snowmobile - Icy and Little Snow

Picture of snowmobiling on Mt Saint Helens, Washington

We haven't received any new snow in the mountains the past two weeks, but it was forecast to be sunny on Saturday. My friends Kevin, Nick, and I planed to snowmobile around Mount Saint Helens and the Plains of Abraham. Mount Saint Helens (famous for its eruption on May 18, 1980) is 50 miles NE of Portland, Oregon in Washington state . Now only 8,363 feet tall, the mountain previously stood at 9,677 feet tall. The Plains of Abraham on the East side of Mount St. Helens is a popular destination for snowmobilers.

26
Jan
2018
jloomis

Lone Butte Sno Park snowmobile adventure near Mt Adams

Picture of snowmobiling near Mt Adams from Lone Butte Sno Park

Winter continues to be disappointing with the ups and downs. One day it snows then the next it rains. The forecast called for lowering snow levels Thursday and Friday, so Kevin and I took Friday off to go snowmobiling near Mt Adams. We chose one to launch from Lone Butte Sno-Park on the Western side of Indian Heaven Wilderness. It sits an elevation of 3,160 feet off Forest Road 30 at it's junction with Forest Road 32.

23
Dec
2017
jloomis

Great powder snowmobile ride to Bonney Meadows, Oregon

We had a couple good snow storms on Mt Hood this week. The latest happened overnight and came down as low as my house! I was really excited when I saw it snowing at home as I was loading the snowmobiles to leave. It was going to be a great trip with my friend John. About a foot of snow fell overnight.

18
Nov
2017
jloomis

Snowmobiling from White River East SnoPark

Picture of snowmobiling near White River East SnoPark

We went chasing the recent snowfall on Mt Hood Saturday. My friend Kevin recently bought a new Arctic Cat and he was eager to take it on an inaugural ride. Our plant was to launch from White River East SnoPark and hopefully ride up to Bonney Meadows.

11
Nov
2017
jloomis

First snowmobile ride of 2017/18 season - Lookout Mountain, Oregon

Picture of snowmobiling near Lookout Mountain, Oregon

It's nice to see some early season snow this year. Hopefully it will be another good winter. I was busy with projects around the house last season, so I didn't get to enjoy the snow as much as I would have liked.

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.

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