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30
Apr
2018
jloomis

First camping trip in our new trailer - Fort Stevens State Park, OR

Picture of camping at Fort Stevens State Park, OR

We finally received our new trailer we ordered in December. Our maiden trip was to Fort Stevens State Park during the annual Astoria Seafood and Wine Festival. Normally we have a bunch of friends who join us, but they all bailed this year. Instead Katie's mom my parents and sister from Nevada made the trek to join us for a fun weekend of camping. We took Friday and Monday off to make it a four day weekend.

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.

01
Jan
2018
jloomis

New Years snow camping at Shellrock Creek Campground

Picture of snow camping at Shellrock Creek Campground

Katie and I wanted to take Julian snow camping again this new year like we did last new year. We like to start and finish the year snow camping. It has been an odd winter so far with alternating low and high snow levels, so I went out scouting for a spot Saturday. We wanted to avoid the crowds near snoparks this year. I found about 6-12 inches of snow at one of my favorite upper Clackamas River areas, Shellrock Creek campground. And I was able to drive my truck there so we wouldn't need the snowmobiles this trip.

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.

29
Oct
2017
jloomis

Deer hunting 2017 - Upper Clackamas, Oregon

Picture of Fall deer hunt 2017

I didn't apply for any controlled hunts this year, but did buy a general Western deer rifle tag. My friend John and I went up to Hideaway Lake this weekend to see if we could find a buck or two. John went up early Friday and I followed shortly after getting off work a bit early.

26
Jun
2017
jloomis

Diamond Lake and Crater Lake, Oregon

Picture of Mt Bailey at sunrise from Diamond Lake, Oregon

It's been a long time (pre-Loomis Adventures), but we finally planned a trip back to Diamond Lake. We took Friday and Monday off to make it a long weekend camping trip. As always, our Mini Adventurer was super excited to go camping. We were meeting my parents (staying at a different campground in their Airstream) and Uncle Pat at Diamond Lake campground.

18
Jun
2017
jloomis

Camping SE of Mt Hood

Picture of our camp on top of a hill

My friend Tyler and I decided to go camping this weekend near where we have hunted in the past on the SE side of Mt Hood. We were hoping our friends John and Ryan would join us, but they weren't able to this trip. Tyler and I met up at the hwy 35/48 junction and then continued on forest service road 4860 to look for a camping spot.

29
May
2017
jloomis

Camping and Fishing Fall River, Oregon

Picture of Julian playing in the snow near Elk Lake, Oregon

Katie, Julian, and I spent the Memorial Day weekend camping in Central Oregon at Fall River camp ground. This is one of my favorite places in the area. It is a primitive campground with no potable water and rarely crowded. We were able to easily find a spot when we arrived on Friday.

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