Although I was scared out of my mind the day before, it was a really great hike! I went with TMG up the Old Chute, and conditions were optimal! Eight to go!
via Old Chute, with Wasatch Mountain Club group.
Gorgeous climb, and perfect weather. We used snowshoes and poles for the approach to the Devil's kitchen, and then swapped out our gear for crampons and an ice axe. The bergschrund was open, so our party used the Old Chute Route. Ropes were brought but not needed.
The U.S. Forest service is proposing a fee to climb Mt. Hood of $20/climber and $100/season pass.
You have until Sep 30, 2022, to email them a comment about why you think this is a bad (or good) idea.
For a climbing that takes 7-9 hours round trip, you'll have to drop money ahead, fill out forms, contact the forest service, and do a lot of extra work that makes such a short climb an expensive and time-consuming process.
As you can tell, my comment said, very respectfully, NO!
Keep your tone civil and respectful as always. Tell them why it's unnecessary and a huge burden for such a short/small climb. Plus people who climb/ski the mountain - that's a crazy expensive fee to pay on top of the forest access tax pass you already need to have.
Email them here: SM.FS.MtHoodFees @ usda.gov
Started from parking lot 2:50, summit @ 9:10. Took Pearly Gates left, it was nice and chopped up into steps. Came down the old chute. Windy below, but that mellowed as the day went.
First time up! Took on the Pearly Gates up and down. Car to car 7h20mins
Snow level is very low making extreme pitched slopes on the last ascent. It is now ice climbing. Use auto crampons and a rope to motigate the risk.
Have had Hood on my list for several years. Great day and fantastic trip that didn’t disappoint. Climbed up the Pearly Gates, and down the one o’clock couloir. Trip Report
I climbed Mt. Hood on May 15, 2021. The conditions were absolutely ideal. The temperature in the morning leaving the Timberline Lodge parking lot was 42F degrees. The sky was clear and the winds were calm.
6:55 AM Left car at Timberline
12:05 PM Summit
1:40 PM Arrived back at car
The last 1000 vert ft were exhausting, but we got lucky on the final push up the Old Chute with firm snow by ascending off-route through a short couloir. Avoided the catwalk on the ascent. Corn skiing up top, followed by wet slush towards the bottom. Had to jerry-rig crampons high on the volcano, which kept things interesting. We should have left the base an hour+ earlier. Struck by a chunk of ice that was screaming down the Old Chute face. It fortunately just hit the fleshy part of my shoulder and bounced off. If it had hit my head, face, or neck, it would've been bad.
Summitted in perfect weather and conditions (for early April). This was Benjamin’s first snow climb, and what a first it was! We took the left variant of the Pearly Gates up & down. The middle section was particularly icy.
We enjoyed very good weather for this late season ascent via the Old Chute. Wind was whipping at times and the snow was firm all the way to the summit. My usual climbing partners were not available, and as my wife would rather that I not solo, I used the services of TMG for this climb. Pete proved to be a delightful climbing partner and I very much enjoyed his good cheer and local knowledge of the mountain. This was a fun climb and from my perspective, a much better choice over the Hogsback this late in the season.
We hiked in and slept on a ridge fairly low. In the morning we hoofed up early before any other groups were moving. Crossing the slab was a little disconcerting, just get through there without loitering. Big stuff rolls through. The summit area is snug, we were the 2nd group up and waited for party #1 to clear before getting our summit photos.
First time on Hood. Went up West Crater Rim and came down Old chute. Excellent weather at the summit with rain/snow lower down.
Spring break ski trip. Skied from the summit via Pearly Gates in amazing conditions. Such a fun climb/ski!
5/15/20 Flying Buttress & Wy'east
3/18/20 DKH V2
2/23/20 Steel Cliffs South Face
One of our training hikes for Mt Rainier included summiting Mount Hood. Watch out for rockfall down the south face of Mt Hood.
Two day climb via Illumination Rock
Lovely morning outing, made quick work of the South Side/Coalman Glacier/Old Chute route to the top, caught sunrise, and booked it down back in time for breakfast.
Woke up at midnight on the 23rd to no visibility and high wind so waited until the morning of the 24th. Conditions were still windy but clear and cold. Ascended from Timberline Lodge up the South Side via the Old Chute and descended the same way. The view from the summit was amazing.