Snow hike

Snowy ridgeline at the top of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain
Snowy ridgeline at the top of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain

My days have been full, but if I don’t get outside now and then, I go a little stir-crazy. So I hiked to a new place called Mirror Lake, which sits at the base of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain. Isn’t that a great name for a peak?

Blogger friend LB had challenged me on facebook to post 5 black and white photos in 5 days, and once I was above the snow line, it was obvious that I was surrounded by black and white photos. Every photo in this post is in full color, but you wouldn’t always guess it, huh? The day was forecast to be mostly sunny, and that turned out to be true almost anywhere but over the peaks. I stayed at the top of the mountain for at least an hour, but the sun only teased me: a bright sunbeam here and there, a glimpse of blue sky overhead as a hole in the fog drifted past, but basically it was a snowy cloudy day.

And a brilliant day!

Fresh snow was falling and decorating branches around the lake.
Fresh snow was falling and decorating branches around the lake.
Modern art: stripes of red and white and black. Sort of ;-)
Modern art: stripes of red and white and black. Sort of 😉
The snow was really coming down at this time, and you can see it in the background where there are no sheltering trees.
The snow was really coming down at this time, and you can see it in the background where there are no sheltering trees. What a lovely name for a forest: Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.
Sunbeam alert!
Sunbeam alert!
Mirror lake wasn't as mirrory under ice.
Mirror lake isn’t as mirrory under ice.
I was tempted to use this one in my B&W challenge. What a pretty twisty tree branch.
I was tempted to use this one in my B&W challenge. What a pretty twisty tree branch.
Willows along the marshes on the side of Mirror Lake.
Willows in the marshes on the side of Mirror Lake.
At the top of the mountain, sun periodically lit up the bits of cloud moving through.
At the top of the mountain, sun periodically lit up the bits of cloud moving through.
This little guy along the trail on the way home gave me a happy "So Long!"
This little guy along the trail on the way home gave me a happy “So Long!”

 

13 thoughts on “Snow hike

  1. I am always driving by the Mt. Hood area on my sojourns north but have never stopped off to visit. Your photos of Tom, Dick and Harry are quite enticing. They would be worth a visit just for the name. Have you backpacked in the area? –Curt

    1. Curt, I haven’t backpacked specifically on Mt. Hood, but a little bit across the river in Washington and then in the Mt. Jefferson area. I’ve only day-hiked and camped around Mt. Hood. It’s so close, I forget to think of it as a backpacking destination. I hear the view that I missed from Tom Dick and Harry is one of the best in the Mt. Hood region, so I have to go back. It’s a piece of cake trail: 1.5 miles to Mirror Lake from Hwy 26, and 3 miles to the mountain. (read: swarming with people in nice weather, and pretty busy on cold, snowy, cloudy days)

      1. Sounds like the view would be worth it Crystal, although the crowds might get to me. There is that wilderness there though. An my experience is that five miles beyond the trailhead the number of people drop rapidly.:) Being that close to Portland, however, maybe not. –Curt

    1. I did not make him, Laurie. When I came down the trail in the afternoon – there he was! Such a wild looking little guy with a twisty smile, that makes me think he had some kind of prank up his sleeve.

      I was totally looking for B&W photos all day, “seeing” things in black and white in my mind to try to decide whether to get the shot. You were certainly my inspiration that day.

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