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A perfect sledding day on Mount Hood

All week, Spencer and I had been planning on ending our week of bachelorhood with a trip to Mount Hood for some epic sledding. He had his snowball maker ready, the sled was out of the attic, the weather looked prime. Then, he got sick.

It was just a minor cough at first, but it worked its way into a good old winter cold. So instead of the mountain on Saturday, we stayed in town, toured the submarine at OMSI, grabbed a drink at Hair of the Dog, and otherwise laid low.


But come Sunday morning, cold or no, he was going sledding on Mount Hood, so we went. And it was great. Just great.

We started off with the obligatory Mount Hood stop in Sandy.


White River Sno-Park was jammin’, but that’s to be expected when it’s almost 50 degrees and sunny on Mount Hood in January. On this low snow year, I wondered whether there’d be enough for some good runs and snowballs. There was.




He was relentless, up and down, up and down again, and only when the sun sank below the forested horizon did he finally agree that it was time to hit it. I thought for sure he’d be asleep by the time we came to the turnoff for Timberline, but the lodge’s hot chocolate is a siren song worth staying up for. He made it up to the lodge for that, but not much more…


The lowdown for anyone looking for free sledding on Mount Hood (free, except for the $5 Sno-Park permit): Head to White River West Sno-Park. It can be crowded, but people tend to spread out in their activities, and there are plenty of great options for all kinds of sledding, fort-building, snowballing and everything else. The snow is low this year so far, but the conditions at White River Sno-Park are still plenty adequate for a full day in the snow on Mount Hood.

4 responses

  1. Darin May

    Reading that brought back my days of youth. Up and down, up an down, how related to that. What a great day it mus have been.

    January 21, 2014 at 12:38 pm

  2. It was awesome, Darin! And as nice a day weather-wise as it was for you the day before…

    January 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm

  3. Jennifer Grant

    Hmm having grown up in Dufur (with a crazy good view of my Mt Hood), I have never sledded up there. I live a ways a way now in Tri-Cities but I think I may have to take a trip down there to do it! I miss my mountain!

    February 16, 2014 at 3:31 am

    • Yes, it’s a great mountain for sledding — and all kinds of fun!

      February 17, 2014 at 10:38 am

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