Overview of Page
The purpose of this page is to provide as comprehensive as possible a body of information that one can use to make decisions about climbing Mt. Hood. Scattered here and there are great sources of data and information and people are constantly posting questions about conditions on Hood. Over the years, I've narrowed down the sources that I find most useful for this purpose and am compiling them all here. The main reason I am doing this is selfish. Mostly, so I can go to one source to review and make decisions. Hopefully, this may be of use to some of you. The Mt. Hood main page here
on Summitpost is excellent but isn't really geared solely for this purpose and Hood is one of those mountains that so many climb, I think it deserves something more in depth in regards to this specific area. This is not intended to take the place of the summitlogs either although those are sometimes helpful in checking for recent conditions too.
This page will not provide recommendations or advice on whether one should decide to climb Hood. That's up to the reader and I'm not going to take on that kind of responsibility (or liability). If you are thinking about climbing Hood (or any other mountain for that matter), you need to make sure you have the necessary skills, training, equipment, health, etc. And you need to have the knowledge to assess this information and decision-making ability to know when conditions are safe or not. And by the way, they never are safe. You just play the percentages, pal. It's your crapshoot.
With that said, I hope this page may be of use to others in that it provides a good central source of information. It by no means is comprehensive. I welcome suggestions from others to make this better and more useful. Please PM or email me through summitpost (or post comments to this page) with ideas for other sections, links, sources, corrections, suggestions, critiques, etc. to make this a working, living page.
I've divided this into sections as best as I could with different criteria I look at when trying to figure out if I want to take the long walk up the different sides of the big hill out east of Portland.
National Weather Service Forecast for Northern Oregon Cascades
National Weather Service Detail Area Forecast
Site that shows current weather fronts
Temp/Wind Data at 7000 feet on Hood
Northwest Mountain Weather Telemetry Plots by SP Member dkantola
(Good site where you can see recent info/trends for various places on Hood as well as other Cascade mountains.
Storms can blow in within minutes. Photo by dkantola
Precipitation DataCurrent Radar
Click on the appropriate display item you want to show from the left side of this page.
Satellite Imagery - click here and then choose PORTLAND
Avalanche/Snow InformationNorthwest Weather & Avalanche Center
Snow Depth Info
Snow Conditions (includes freezing levels)
Snow Information at 5370 feet
WebcamsTimberline Lodge Webcams
(note that there are 5 of them to click on from Timberline Lodge and Silcox Hut areas)
Government Camp Road Cam
Climber Observations/Current Conditions Remarks
The following 4 sections are intended to be a place where climbers can provide updates on each side of the mountain and give current conditions for others much like you do on the climbing sheets when you check back in after your climb. Please post as much information as possible including your observations of snow conditions (quality of it, did you dig a pit? postholing? styrofoam? sugar over ice? see any small avalaches? etc.), weather, wind, nice boot tracks on routes?, steepness, things you saw, etc. Please provide date, time you were up there and location/route as well.
I'll try to keep things current and delete older comments as things change. To post information, please click on the appropriate link below that will take you to a page where you can enter it. I'll then report information back onto this page so that others can see it. Thanks and much appreciation for those of you keeping these up to date.
SOUTH SIDE ROUTES
Photo by keema
Intended to cover conditions/observations on routes such as the Standard Hogsback, Old Chute, West Crater Rim, Devils Kitchen Headwall, Steel Cliff Gullies
To submit information about conditions on these or other South Side routes, please click here and follow directions on that page to click on the "Comments" link in the upper left to add your information. I'll then integrate that information directly below this paragraph:
WEST SIDE ROUTES
Photo by Brian Jenkins
Intended to cover conditions/observations on routes such as Reid Headwall, Leuthold Couloir, Sandy Glacier Headwall, Yocum Ridge, Castle Crags
To submit information about conditions on these or other West Side routes, please click here and follow directions on that page to click on the "Comments" link in the upper left to add your information. I'll then integrate that information directly below this paragraph:
Reid Headwall has been done by at least 2 parties in December 2011. Reported mostly if not all ice, bring lots of ice screws. TR on Cascadeclimbers.com
NORTH SIDE ROUTES
Photo by dkantola
Intended to cover conditions/observations on routes such as Cathedral Ridge, Sunshine, North Face
To submit information about conditions on these or other North Side routes, please click here and follow directions on that page to click on the "Comments" link in the upper left to add your information. I'll then integrate that information directly below this paragraph:
EAST SIDE ROUTES
Photo by Mgross
Intended to cover conditions/observations on routes such as Wy'East, Cooper Spur and those between Wy'East and Cooper Spur (that are rarely climbed)
To submit information about conditions on these or other East Side routes, please click here and follow directions on that page to click on the "Comments" link in the upper left to add your information. I'll then integrate that information directly below this paragraph:
Other Websites Conditions ReportsCascadeClimbers Oregon Cascades Message Board
Contact Me For Corrections/Additions
If you find something incorrect or outdated or not working correctly, please PM me. Let me know your ideas for making this a better page too. Anything you can think of, let me know so we can keep this as an up to date source. Thanks much!