Snowmobiling around 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.

First we rode over up to the back side of Frog Lake Buttes to play on the hill over there. Since the sun was out, we could see Mt Hood and the top of Mt Jefferson briefly.

Taking a snowmobile break with my brother-in-law Scott     Snowmobile hill play on the back side of Frog Lake Buttes

Next we snowmobiled down to the Old Barlow Road near Barlow Crossing campground. A short distance down the trail we encountered a creek running across the road. We decided to ride across and then a little further down the trail we found another creek. This time it was running along the road for as far as we could see. We decided to turn around and headed up road 48 toward White River.

Mt Hood in the snow     Creek running through the middle of the old Barlow Road

We stopped at White River snopark and walked across the highway to get a view of Mt Hood. It was beautiful. It's great to see so much snow.

Mt Hood from White River SnoPark

Before heading back, we grabbed Scott's drone and played around with it for a little while near Frog Lake snopark. If the weather cooperates next weekend, Scott is going to use his drone to film our family snow day trip. Fingers crossed.

Scott compiled the short video below illustrating the awesome snowmobile conditions we enjoyed.

2015/16 Mileage

Trip: 52 miles
Season: 348 miles
Total Days: 13

Gear List

2014 Polaris 800 Pro RMK Snowmobile
2013 Polaris 800 Switchback Assault Snowmobile
Up North Technologies PRO SERIES Snowmobile Cargo Rack
P-700-B Low Profile Powder Keg
Echo CS-271T chainsaw
HMK Summit V16 Pack
GMAX GM76X Helmet
Smith Phenom Turbo Fan Goggles
Columbia Men’s Bugaboot Plus III Titanium Omni-Heat 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
HighGear ATF8 Altimeter
Petzl TIKKA XP 2 Headlamp
Olympus Tough TG-1 Camera
Sony HDR-AS200V ActionCam
Lifeline Aluminum Sport Utility Snow Shovel
Fiskars POWER TOOTH Softgrip 10" Folding Saw
First Aid Kit
Samsung Galaxy S6 Active w/BackCountry Navigator
Suunto A-10 Compass


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