White River


11 a.m.


0d 2h 26m


3.5 miles


45°, cloudy, sun breaks.


We headed up to Mt. Hood for some Valentine’s Day snowshoeing and were the first ones to arrive at the White River Junction Sno-park even though it was late morning.

Dramatic clouds formed all around us, with patches of blue sky. The snow was un-tracked with two inches of fresh powder as we followed the river up basin a few miles up towards Timberline.

At the end of the track, as we contemplated crossing the very deep snow over the river channel, a very kind woman RAN up to us (not out of alarm, she was running the whole time) and let us know that it wasn’t a safe thing to do and suggested back-tracking a bit and taking a higher trail (good advice). We passed her again on the way down (she was doing a second lap!).

Windy, but warmer than expected. The mountain was mostly hidden the whole time.

Gear and supplies

His Gear

  • 1080s Convertible Hat
  • Asolo TPS 520 GV
  • Atlas 10 25 snowshoes
  • Easton CTR 60 Trekking Poles
  • Gregory Miwok 22 day pack
  • Icebreaker 150 tights
  • Lorpen merino socks
  • Marmot Scree pants
  • North Face fleece jacket
  • Oregon Research gloves
  • Platypus Big Zip SL 3L
  • Stoic merino t-shirt

Her Gear

  • Asolo Stynger GTX boots
  • Atlas Elektra 10 23 snowshoes
  • Easton ATR-75 Ion Trekking Poles
  • GoLite Black Mountain Thermal Wind pant
  • GoLite Demaree Canyon Down Jacket
  • Icebreaker 150 GT Baselayer Tee
  • Icebreaker Beanie
  • Northface Polartec gloves
  • Smartwool baselayer lightweight tights

Other Gear

  • First Aid Kit
  • Swiss army knife


  • Stopped at Timberline Lodge and had a beer and hot chocolate in the Rams Head Bar. Dinner at the Skyway Bar and Grill in ZigZag. Epic bout of food poisoning followed.


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