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Mt. High Events

 Last updated: July 18, 2019
Latest news in the left column,
Click on underlined events in the Calendar on the right or
scroll down for details of upcoming events.

Weather forecast for Government Camp on the right.
See bottom of this page for ski area reports.




July Lift Lines  - Mt. High Newsletter

Skiers GuideFar West Skiers' Guide

Click on the image here to see this very colorful magazine. Learn all about past and upcoming Far West events, the annual Convention, winter trips, and more. See what other clubs and councils are doing.


Click on each 2-page spread to thumb through the rest of the pages.


Ski Trips survey resultsThanks to the 45 people who completed the survey.  See the results in this PDF file.

But it's not too late to add your own opinions and preferences. We will monitor any future additions to the online survey using Survey Gizmo.  If you get a privacy or security warning, that is simply due to your own security settings, which might be too strict.  Feel free to ignore any such alert for this survey.


Our club provides numerous activities in the following categories.   

a)  Day trips to Mt. Hood ski areas – currently on TRIPS page,

b)  Ski trips to other ski areas in the West  -- see TRIPS page.

c)  Recreational racing – RACING pages.

d)  Social events, parties, etc. – on the HOME page.

e)  Summer activities (Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Picnic, etc.) – usually on our HOME page.

To fully understand what our club does, please see a whole year of past photos on the PHOTOS page.

Let's ski together!   Join for an informal fun day on the slopes! Our weekend skiers tend to go to Timberline and/or Skibowl.  Our mid-week skiers usually go to Meadows on Thursdays or whenever there is some fresh powder. How to connect with us?

  1. See the weekend & mid-week entries on our TRIPS page.

  2. Click on our two FORUM buttons in the menu and see who is going skiing and when. Participate in the discussions!

  3. See our Facebook page, where all our members can post their own messages and often invite others to come ski with them. Start by clicking on the Facebook button in our main menu.

  4. On the mountain,

    if you have a 2-way radio, tune it to channel 6-19.

Mt. Hood Express bus service

We have always encouraged carpooling from Sandy, and that is still an option. But, now you can take the new Mt. Hood Express bus instead. For only $2 (or just $1.50 if you prepay for 20 tickets), you can ride the bus from Sandy to Skibowl, Government Camp, or Timberline. Catch the bus right on Hwy. 26, at a park and ride bus stop half way between Champion Way and 362nd (which is the Fred Meyer traffic light in Sandy). Turn into Champion Way to park at the Information Center.  The most convenient bus starts at 7:45 am and arrives at Skibowl at 8:32 and at Timberline at 9 am. Click here for the complete schedule.


Also note that Timberline runs its own hourly shuttle between Government Camp (stopping at the Mt. Hood Brewing Co., at Collins Lake Resort, and at the Chevron station at the top end of Govy). This shuttle runs only on weekends and holidays. Approximately once an hour to make the full round trip.


Powder Alliance.  Unlimited skiing at Timberline and Mt. Hood Skibowl + 3 free tickets at each of 17 other ski areas, for a total of 51 free ski days
Not valid on Saturdays.
Those 71 and over pay only $50.
All prices will increase after Nov. 5 and 26.. See more at: www.powderalliance.com  and on the Facebook page:


Barlow Road field trip photos are now posted on our PHOTOS page. A video will also soon be added there.


Season Passes compared.  Compare the cost and benefits of various lift ticket passes. This was first published in Lift Lines. It is now on our Articles page.


Mt. High Cookbook available.

A great gift.


Debbi Kor put together a Club Cookbook, full of recipes contributed by many of our club members. You can purchase the book at any of our social events and ski trips, or

Contact Debbi at: ijustwannarun1@comcast.net


Man and Woman of the Year.

Our 2019 man and woman of the year are: Kurt Krueger and Karen Michels. Congratulations!   See our Awards page for a list of past men and women of the year and other awards. Please send us your nominations for Man & Woman of the Year for 2020 (by October or early November).

Kurt Krueger         Karen Michels

Kurt Krueger            Karen Michels


Ski Areas page - new & improved

The best way to get info about ski areas. The updated page contains almost all the ski areas in the West, 170 of them. It's the easiest way to get info for a trip. Just click on whatever ski resort you want.

Also find info on heli-skiing. 

Also available on our Ski Areas page is an Excel Spreadsheet continaing a list of all the ski area in Norrh America.  You can use it to track the places you have skied.


Mid-Week skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows

A group of us skis more or less regularly mid-week at Mt. Hood Meadows. Come join us.  See details below.


Weekend skiing at Timberline

A group of us skis more or less regularly on weekends att Timberline Come join us.  See details below.



New Video about our club 

See the new video about what our club has been up to lately. Included is a funny snow report about the upcoming Whitefish Mt. trip.


Membership renewal.  Please renew your club membership in the Fall (September, October, or early November). This is also the best time to sign up for a ski trip with the club. It is best to renew in person at the annual Ski Fair or at our annual Kickoff Party. If you do it by mail, simply print print the Dough Transmittal form and mail it in. You can find it on our Membership page and on the Forms & Docs page.



Join a PACRAT team 

 Teams are being formed in October and November, and many teams need a few new team-mates.


Camaraderie, fun, racing, après ski parties and more!


Check it all out on our Racing page and on the PACRATs web site.   Contact:  Racing@mthigh.org



Member Benefits updated - 20% off at the Taco Shoppe  Thanks to Kevin Bastin, owner of the Taco Shoppe and a Mountain High club member, we have now been offered 20% off of any item on the menu (not just the burritos). But only 10% discount during the summer months.

The Taco Shoppe is located in Government Camp, across the street from the Huckleberry Inn (but a house or two up the road), or just downhill from the Mount Hood Museum. See details on our Membership Benefits page and on our Bulletin Board page.  Click here for see their full menu.

January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month

Introduce a new person to the sport by having them take a lesson from a certified ski instructor, and you could win a prize


Powder Alliance adventure blog

Emilio went on a 4,000 miles road trip to ski as many Powder Alliance ski areas as possible. Lots of driving. But the skiing is free for anyone with a Fusion Pass. He will try to keep a diary marking his progress. Check out his “Ski Delights” blog at: http://skidelights.blogspot.com/

Also see the trip video: https://youtu.be/q3C6tltD--M




Ski pole Inclinometers -

Attach this simple device to your ski pole and use it to measure the slope steepness.









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Blue: Mountain High club events   
Maroon: NWSCC, FWSA, or multi-club events
Black: General events



July 13 (Sat.):     Burnt Lake Hike

July 20 (Sat.):     Lookout Mt Hike - CANCELED

July 20 (Sat.):     Kayaking on Estacada Lake

July 27 (Sat.):     Columbia River bike ride (The Dalles)

July 27 (Sat.):     HHH - Forest Fires Lookouts

July 29 (Mon.):   Mt. High Board meeting


Aug. 10 (Sat.):    Salmon Butte hike

Aug. 10 (Sat.):    HHH - Steiner Cabins Tour

Aug. 31 (Sat.):    Barlow Road - Mt. Hood area ruts and sites - Presented by Lloyd Musser at the Mt. Hood Museum.


Sept. 1 (Sun.):    Barlow Road Wagon Trail bike ride

Sept. 14 (Sat):    Paradise Park hike

Sept. 28 (Sat.):   HHH - Mt. Hood Trivia


Oct. 13 (Sun.):    NWSCC 40th Anniversary

See more event details in the next section below.




Club membership has steadily increased from 2002 - 2011, and has stabilized around 300 since then. Current membership as of September 2015 = 304.


Mt. High Board meetings 

Last Monday of the month, we meet at the Round Table Pizza  10070 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland (near the corner of Capitol Hwy.) to plan future club events, trips.  If you'd like to get a bit more involved with the club, please come and join us. This is a working and planning  meeting, but it's open to all. Social gathering: 6:00 pm, and the meeting starts at: 6:30 pm.


NWSCC meetings


Representatives of local ski clubs gather to coordinate activities, plan joint events and trips. Sometimes, there's a guest speaker. These meetings are open to all.

Time: Socializing starts at 6 pm. Meeting starts at 6:30 pm..

Dates: Meetings are held quarterly on the 3rd Wednesday in October, December, March and June.

Location: At various locations around the Portland metro area. See the NWSCC web site for details. 


Searching for the Perfect Ski Watch

Check out some of the features available on watches these days: Altimeter, Compass, Clinometer, Barometer, Stop-watch, and more. And water resistant to 200 meters. Sadly, not all in one watch. Read this article.


Oregon Skiing & Boarding Blog

A blog set up by Drew Jackson, the weatherman at KPTV-12, writing about snow conditions from a skier's perspective. This has been added to both our Blogs and Links pages.


Vision for the 21st Century

A whole new vision of enhancing both safety and fun on the slopes. Read all about it (click on the "Vision" button. Get involved. Write to the ski areas. Write to ski magazines. Refer them to our website: www.mthigh.org/Vision.htm.


Trips Survey Results

Thanks to the 60 people who completed the online survey. See the results summarized in the July issue of "Lift Lines", or see the complete results here:


Mt Hood List - A great new site!

Go to MtHoodList.com to post your own message, to find a carpool to Mt. Hood, to find buddies for a Meadows 4x4,  or any other Mt. Hood related activity.


Check out this content on our site!

   a) Blogs eg.: David Schor's adventures

   b) Videos (our recent trips and racing)

   c) Skis for sale on our Bulletin Board!


Send us your photos/stories!
What did you do this past winter? Where  did you ski? Where were you 20 or 30 years ago?  How did you learn to ski?  Any spectacular falls?  Any embarrassing moments? Send in your personal short stories or reminiscences.  Please add a photo of yourself or the people in your story. Digital photos are most welcome. Printed photos will be scanned in and returned to you.  Contact Emilio.


Free $kiing corner.

Free or half-priced lift tickets.


In the Forum, post your questions, requests, offers, or help provide answers.


Bulletin Board vs. Forum

For plain text announcements or questions, feel free to post your own message in the Forum.

For more elaborate, announcements, including graphics, photos, etc. please email them to us at webmaster@mthigh.org and we'll post it on the Bulletin Board.


We Want You!

We know you have something to contribute to the club.  Organize a party, a hike. a game of cards, a visit to the theater, or just a TGIF. Take your favorite activity and invite other club members to join you. Just let us know what you could do for the club. Or, better yet, come to our monthly planning meeting, any last Monday of the month, at the Round Table Pizza.


2-way Radios on the slopes!

Connect with other club members on the slopes. Simply get on the radio channel 6-19, and call for Mountain High members. That is Channel 6, Privacy code 19. There is a permanent note about this on our TRIPS page.


Free Antivirus

Say goodbye to your paid antivirus. Avast! is totally free and performs even better in tests. Download it and try it yourself: http://www.avast.com/en-us/get/6SK2Jprm


NW Sk/Ride Challenge

The Challenge continues each winter season. It is not a competition for the most ski areas visited.  Instead, everyone who visits at least 7 ski areas in the Northwest will be entered into a drawing for a prize.


Just save your lift tickets or receipts from the ski areas and mail them to the NWSCC:  The address is on the form. Click here for the Entry Form and Rules in Word or PDF.


Skiing the Northwest can be quite an adventure. See David Schor's blog: http://skiwashington.blogspot.com, and Emilio's journal on our "Articles" page, at:


Video about our club

Short 5 minute summary of what our club is al about. Must see! At: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woXVvae4Iww



Web site & Newsletter

At the 2014 FWSA Convention in June, we won

1st place for Web site.

1st place for Newsletter.

1st place for Outstanding Club.

See more on our Awards page.



Proof that Straight skis were always Shaped.

Straight skis were never really straight. See proof in this video.


Boots & More Performance LLC

with Greg Coulter

Greg Coulter has left Hillcrest Sports to focus on Boots and More. He has been involved with the ski industry for 25+ years and has chosen to go his own direction.

Boots and More is service only.  Boot fitting, and ski & snowboard tuning and repair. It also sells insoles and liners as well as boot accessories.

The big difference between Greg Coulter and everyone else is that he will pick up and drop off the customers equipment.

Contact Greg via email; gcoulter40@gmail.com,  or phone 503-917-9360.

Visit the Boots and More Facebook page and Like it. 

Also, see the BAM Performance website to find out more.

ShredHood.org is a web site devoted to everything Mt. Hood. It contains the latest news, classifieds, racing, new school, old school, videos, slides, events, resources.
The web site was started by Ben Jacklet, a local journalist.
Check it out: http://shredhood.org/

Express Rental & Service shop in Rhododendron

John Hanson (formerly of the Ski Chalet) is helping Skibowl with a new project in Rhododendron: an Express Rental & Service outlet with retail as well. He says:
"One of our target customers is the high school/ club racer looking to maintain a competitive advantage. Racers can drop their skis off after training nights and pick them up ready to go on race day. We are currently set up to do edge tunes and hot waxes."

Hours are:  Mon-Tue: 8-5,  Wed-Fri: 8-9pm,

                 Sat:  7-6pm   and   Sun: 8-6pm.

Next season, they plan to stock race accessories as well.
Stop by anytime. The location is  on the right hand side of Hwy 26 in Rhododendron across from the Village Market.

Phone 844-200-RENT (7368).



Note: Trips and Racing events have their own pages.

The events listed below are events other than ski trips and races.

Mt. High members at Stevens Pass


Mt. High members on Mt. Hood




Our club provides numerous activities in the following categories.  Most of them have their own separate pages on our web site:


a)  Day trips to Mt. Hood ski areas  (both weekend and mid-week) – currently on the TRIPS page..

b)  Ski trips to other ski areas in the West  -- see TRIPS page.

c)  Recreational racing – RACING pages.

d)  Social events, parties, etc. – on the HOME page.

e)  Summer activities (Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Picnic, etc.) – usually on our HOME page.


Our Home page is mainly a calendar of events and a place to post social events that don't have their own separate pages, such as Trips and Racing events do.


To get a better view of what our club does, please check the ABOUT US page and the PHOTOS page, which shows almost everything we did in the past year(s). Each season, we start to build a new Photos page, so if you are checking us out at the beginning of the season, check out one of the previous year's Photos page, which will be more complete.



The Mt. Hood Cultural Museum preserves and showcases the rich history of Mount Hood through interpretive exhibits and educational programming. The museum features six galleries that highlight the history of the mountain’s early exploration, winter sports, settlement and natural history.


The museum, the Mt. Hood Information Center and the Museum Gift Shop are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Admission is free.

Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum
ph: 503-272-3301, info@mthoodmuseum.org 

History Happy Hour

at the Mt. Hood Museum & Cultural Center


Last Saturday of each month, 2019  

A series of entertaining and informative evenings at the Mt. Hood Cultural Center in Government Camp.

Doors open: 6:30 pm.

Presentation starts: 7:00 pm.


Be entertained and learn something new.

Admission is free. Donations are welcome.

Beer, Wine, and soft drinks available for purchase.


Location:  Mt. Hood Museum & Cultural Center

Government Camp, Oregon. Across the street from Huckleberry Inn and about 2 houses up the road. Right next to the Taco Shoppe.


Social History Happy Hour events take place the last Saturday of the month at the museum. Topics range from Mount Hood photography to ski fashion to volcanic activity on the mountain.


2019 Schedule

Jan. 26        Flying Buses and other Mt. Hood oddities
Learn the interesting history of the short lived Skiway tram. Local investors used a city bus and cable logging techniques, to fashion an aerial tram from Government Camp to Timberline Lodge. It only operated in 1951 and 1952, but the flying bus was a sight to see and a fright to ride.

Feb. 23       The Best of Mt. Hood Photography
This event is a rare opportunity to view the best photographs in the museum's extensive collection of Mount Hood related photographs. Archivist Brittney Cardarella and Curator Lloyd Musser will share their favorite photographs from the collections of Hal Lidell, Jock Pribnow, Helen Gerding, Bill Keil, Dale Crockatt and other photographers.

March 30     Ski Fashion Show, vintage to 2020 
Annual vintage skiwear style show with models from Skiyente Ski Club.  Follow the ski fashion trends from 1930's to the 2000's with clothing from the museum collection. Narrated by Sandi Shaub. The new fashions for 2020 presented by Hillcrest Ski & Sports.

April 27        Mt. Hood Hikes - Tips & Recommendations

May 25         "Ever Wild" Book Lecture
   Presented by Darryl Lloyd, author.
   Photographer and author Darryl Lloyd shares his adventures, stories and personal views of Washington’s Mount Adams. Darryl Lloyd at the top of Mt. AdamsLloyd is the author of “Ever Wild: A Lifetime on Mount Adams,” which chronicles through photography and stories his seven decades on the mountain. He is considered the foremost authority on the Northern Cascade peak. His book mixes adventure memoir with human history, geography, geology, botany, and a vital call for protection.

Growing up on a ranch at the mountain’s base, Lloyd devoted his life to learning the mountain, observing the ebb and flow of its glaciers, photographing the play of light, wandering lush meadows and old-growth forests, hiking boulder-strewn slopes and scaling icefalls.

For nearly 50 years, Darryl Lloyd has brought the mountain to people through talks and slide shows attracting thousands, and his writings and stunning photography have appeared extensively in print. With his brother Darvel, Lloyd founded the non-profit Friends of Mount Adams in 2004, promoting protection, scientific research, and stewardship of the mountain.

Lloyd holds a master of marine affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island, and lives in Hood River.

June 29       History of Steiner Cabins
    Presented by Lloyd Musser.

July 27         A look back at Forest Fire Lookouts
    Presented by Lloyd Musser.

August 10   Steiner Cabins Tours, 9 am - 4 pm.

The cabins are the work of Henry Steiner, a craftsman who emigrated from Germany and began building mountain homes that relied on the offerings of the natural surroundings. Once a year, the owners of some of the nearly 100 Steiner cabins open their doors to the public.

This year’s tour features one cabin that is a well-maintained rental property. Another cabin, built in 1925, was abandoned and closed after its previous owner took out all the characteristic Steiner features and has since been restored to reflect the original cabin.

Another cabin on the tour is a smaller home of about 800 square feet, featuring an open design that is rare among the Steiner cabins on the mountain. One other is a Forest Service “summer home.” The summer homes are private homes built on land leased from the Forest Service beginning in the 1920s. There are eight Steiner cabins among the hundreds of Forest Service summer homes on the mountain.

Steiner cabins include Henry Steiner’s signature features that draw on nature and materials at hand including basalt fireplaces, log doors, half log stairs and banisters of tree branches.

All the other events are free, but for this tour, you need to purchase a ticket in advance.  Tickets go on sale online on Monday, July 1st., starting immediately after midnight on the night of June 30.
Note that tickets usually sell out within a few hours. So, if you are interested, purchase your tickets online right after midnight.

Tickets will be available online at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 at www.mthoodmuseum.org. All ticket sales are final with no refunds. However, ticket holders may transfer their tickets if unable to attend. Tickets are $35 for museum members or $40 for non members.

Three tour times will be offered, starting at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. One hundred tickets will be issued for each time period. Tour participants will pick up tickets, wristbands and tour maps at the Hoodland Senior Center, 65000 E. Highway 26, in Welches.

The entire tour is expected to take two to three hours.

August 31    Barlow Road - Mt. Hood area ruts and sites
    Presented by Lloyd Musser.

Sept. 28        Mt. Hood Trivia
    Presented by Lloyd Musser.

October 26   Subject TBA

Nov.  30        -- No Social Hour this month --

Dec.  28        Vintage Ski Movie Outtakes

For more information about the lecture series, please call the museum at 503-272-3301.





Burnt Lake

Burnt Lake

July 13 , 2019  Saturday


7.4 miles round trip.                          NW Forest Pass Required.

Elevation gain 1978 feet.

Lunch/happy hour at the Zig Zag Inn.

MEET at 10 am at the Zig Zag Ranger Station for carpooling to the trail head.

NOTE: This will be an opportunity to learn how to identifying the trees, shrubs and flowers on the hike and any known uses of the plant.Diane will be telling us about it.  for example, can you tell the difference between a fir tree and a pine tree?  Did you know that a Douglas Fir is not a fir?  Did you know that a Western Red Cedar is not a cedar?


Directions to the Zig Zag Ranger Station.  Follow highway 26 west of Sandy.  Go past the traffic light at Welches for another mile or so to Zig Zag.  The Ranger station is almost directly opposite the beginning ogf Lolo Pass Road.  It's the next driveway on your right after Zig Zag Inn.

RSVP, call or text Diane Domina, 503-314-9572, dianedomina@yahoo.com .


Lookout Mountain Gumjuwac

Lookout Mountain Gumjuwac



 Lookout Mountain hike

Lookout Mountain hike


Lookout Mountain hike

via Gumjuwac Saddle and the Divide Trail

July 20 , 2019  Saturday   ---   CANCELLED

This hike has been cancelled due to  our leader's unexpected family emergency.

9.2 miles round trip.                         

Elevation gain 3,025 feet.

Peak at: 6,525'.

Lunch/happy hour at the Zig Zag Inn.

MEET at 9 am at the Zig Zag Ranger Station.

Abundant subalpine flowers will be in bloom -- delightful 360 degree views from Mt. Rainier to South Sister. This hike has great views of Mt. Hood a mile from the trailhead and adds more all the way to Lookout Mountain (6,525'). From red-cedars to white-bark pines the diversity of habitat in such a small area is unsurpassed, and equaled only elsewhere in this wilderness: there are 15 species of conifers.

Bring binoculars and cameras: this is a ramble more than a hike. Pace 1.5 miles/hour, including breaks. We'll take it easy on the pace, but it's a significant climb.


Directions to the Zig Zag Ranger Station.  Follow highway 26 west of Sandy.  Go past the traffic light at Welches for another mile or so to Zig Zag.  The Ranger station is almost directly opposite the beginning ogf Lolo Pass Road.  It's the next driveway on your right after Zig Zag Inn.


RSVP, call or text Diane Domina, 503-314-9572, dianedomina@yahoo.com .


Kayaking on Estacada Lake

Kayaking on Estacada Lake

July 20 , 2019  Saturday  

MEET at 9 am at Timber Park
Kurt Wilke invites you to join him on this kayaking excursion.  Kurt says:

I'm planning on kayaking Estacada Lake this Saturday July 20. This will be my first visit to Estacada Lake so plans may change on the fly.

Tentative Plan.

Arrive ~9am at Timber Park
Find launching site at or near Timber Park. Can't use the kayak launching dock at Timber Park as it is under construction.

Put in and Paddle up the lake as far as we can go or our arms let us. Take pictures, relax, enjoy the scenery, maybe eat lunch somewhere up the lake or find a place to eat when we are done.

Let me know if you are interested in joining me.

Kurt W

PS  The launch site might change as I learn more. One option is to launch at Milo McIver State Park. There is a fee to park there.

PPS  If you want to go and need to rent a kayak, there are places to do that. The cheapest I found is RiverLake kayaks which is on Estacada Lake.

PPPS  Please wear a life jacket.

PPPPS  If the weather looks like it will be awful, the trip will be cancelled.


RSVP, contact Kurt Wilke, kurt.wilke1844@gmail.com .

Riverside Trail near the Discovery Center


Mosier Falls Swimming Hole


Twin Tunnels trail - Mosier to Hood River


Click here for a MAP of the area.

Mt. High Bicycle Ride

The Dalles to Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

Optional:  Mosier Swimming hole + Twin Tunnels Trail


July 27, 2019 (Saturday).

TIME:    10 am 
MEET:   Lewis & Clark Festival Park by the riverfront         See

               in The Dalles. Parking accessible from Union Street.


We will bike along the Riverfront Trail from The Dalles to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and back, along the Columbia River. We might stop to take a look at the Discovery Center. It is only about 6 miles in one direction, or 12 miles total round trip. Paved bike trail.


We'll have lunch in The Dalles at the end of the bike ride at the Baldwin Saloon, on Court Street, in the area where Chinatown used to be.

The plan for the day might consist of 4 or 5 separate stages, all of the later ones being optional add-ons.

1. First we’ll do the ride along the Columbia River. Paved bike trail.

2. Either before or after lunch, we can also ride our bikes around the old part of town to see the famous “talking murals”.. Among the historic sites is a place called “the end of the Oregon Trail”. That’s because most of the early Oregon pioneers drove their wagons only up to The Dalles, and from there they had to construct a raft to float down the Columbia River. That was the only way until 1946, when Samuel Barlow constructed the Barlow Road around Mt. Hood. So, until the Barlow Road was open, The Dalles was indeed like the end of the wagon trail.

3. Then we’ll have lunch in The Dalles.

4. On the drive home, just a few miles west of The Dalles, we’ll stop on the outskirts of Mosier and do a very short hike (about half a mile or less) to the Mosier Falls Swimming Hole. Bring a swimsuit, just in case. If the weather is nice, we might take a dip in the pool. The locals like to think of this swimming hole as a secret of their own, but it is shown on Google Maps and it is quite easy to find.

5. Refreshed by the swim and the lunch, we just might find the energy to bike another 5 miles from Mosier to Hood River, along the Twin Tunnels trail. There is plenty of light in those tunnels; completely different from the dark tunnels on the Hiawatha trail. It is only 5 miles from Mosier to Hood River.

Not sure if we will actually do all the 5 things. They are optional.

Directions to the start:

  1. Take exit 84 off of I-84 into The Dalles downtown. The exit merges with the Mosier - Dalles highway, which then turns into 2nd Street.

  2. Traffic flow will take you to 3rd street when 2nd becomes one way in the opposite direction. 

  3. Follow 3rd street for just 2 more blocks to the first traffic light.

  4. Turn left into Union Street.

  5. After just two blocks, cross the railroad tracks and immediately

  6. Turn right into Lewis & Clark Festival park. Park there.

Please RSVP if you are coming.  Contact either of the bike ride leaders:  Linda McGavin,  mcgavinski@gmail.com
              John Davis,  hikedance@gmail.com
              Emilio Trampuz, Emilio2000@earthlink.net




Mt. High
Monthly meeting

Usually on the last Monday of the month.

Mountain High

Monthly Board meeting

July 29, 2019.
(TuesMonday) - Usually the last Monday of the month.


6:00 pm - social gathering;

6:30 pm - formal meeting. 

Location: Round Table Pizza, 10070 SW Barbur Blvd., near Capitol Hwy. (by McDonald’s).


This is an organizational and planning meeting, attended mainly by Board members, trip leaders, activity organizers etc., but it is open to all.  Anyone wanting to get more involved with the club is welcome.



Salmon Butte view

Salmon Butte

NOTE: This will be an opportunity to learn how to identifying the trees, shrubs and flowers on the hike and any known uses of the plant.Diane will be telling us about it.  for example, can you tell the difference between a fir tree and a pine tree?  Did you know that a Douglas Fir is not a fir?  Did you know that a Western Red Cedar is not a cedar?

August 10, 2019 Saturday


12 miles moderate trail.

Elevation gain 3,170 feet.

A long steady climb on a gentle slope. Old growth forest. Fantastic views.

Lunch/happy hour at Mallards.


Please RSVP to Diane Domina,  



MEET at 10 am at the Zig Zag Ranger Station for carpooling to the trail head.

Directions to the Zig Zag Ranger Station.  Follow highway 26 west of Sandy.  Go past the traffic light at Welches for another mile or so to Zig Zag.  The Ranger station is almost directly opposite the beginning of Lolo Pass Road.  It's the next driveway on your right after Zig Zag Inn.






Learn a little more about some Mt. Hood trivia, including a map showing part of this tour in this PDF file posted in our History section.




Cascade Lodge


Mt. Hood Museum




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Directions to Zig Zag Inn.

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This event is completely free,

both on Saturday and Sunday.


On Saturday, during the History Happy Hour presentation at the Mt. Hood Museum, donations to the Museum will be very welcome!

Emilio invites you to a history tour

Barlow Road - Mt. Hood area ruts & sites

Barlow Pass to Zig Zag

This is not a typical bike ride.  It's a history tour.

This event was a Mt. High event for a number of years,

but as of this year (2019), it will be just a private event,

Emilio's own tour.  The club doesn't want to be held liable

if anything bad should happen during the ride.

But it's not a closed private event. It's open to the

general public.  Everyone is welcome.

The event is free.


August 31 - September 1, 2019

 Saturday: 7:00:pm -- Barlow Road presentation at the Museum

 Sunday:   9:30 am -- Cyclists meet at the Zig Zag Inn

                10:00 am -- All meet at the Mt. Hood Museum in Govy.



Where exactly is the Oregon trail around Mt. Hood? How did the Oregon pioneers travel? What did they eat and drink? See the original wagon ruts.

This is really a tour of historic sites, not just a plain bike ride. Bicycles are just the best mode of transportation between sites, which are not easily accessible in any other way. If you want to just ride a bike hard and fast without regard to the location, this is not a ride for you.

But if you are interested in finding out more about how the Oregon Pioneers traveled, which way they drove their wagons and why, and maybe also hear some of of their own words and adventures, then by all means come and join us. It will be both fun and educational, and it will include plenty of Mt. Hood trivia.


This event as part of the celebration of the 176th anniversary of the Oregon Trail. The migration started in 1943.


Saturday evening, at 7:00 pm, Lloyd Musser, curator of the Mt. Hood Museum, will give a presentation with slides about the history of the Oregon Trail and of the Barlow Road, the first passage around Mt. Hood.

Sunday morning, starting at 10 am, there will be a field trip to visit all the historic sites. Participants can join any of 3 groups of people:
     a) Carpooling and hiking; - led by Lloyd Musser.
     b) Riding on road bikes - led by Emilio Trampuz
     c) Riding on mountain bikes - led by Lisa Miller.
All three groups will synchronize their movement and meet at all the important sites.


Carpooling/Hiking. There are just a few spots left in 2 cars with designated drivers for the hikers who will carpool. Once those spots are taken, the only other option for hikers is to drive their own cars, which might not work perfectly at a couple of places, including Laurel Hill, where the plan is for the hikers to be dropped off at the top of the hill and then - after hiking - picked p at the bottom of the hill.


Everyone with a bicycle should meet at the Zig Zag Inn in Zig Zag just a few minutes before 9:30 am


Zig Zag Inn is located on your right just before the start of Lolo Pass Road. Turn into the parking lot before the Inn but then conntinue driving along a dirt road behind the Inn, circling to the back of the building and positioning your car in a single file facing toward highway 26. 

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Once we are all there, we will leave a few cars there and then carpool first to the Museum in Government Camp, and then to Barlow Pass (about 5 more miles further east), where we will start the ride. At the end of the ride, we can have lunch and/or drinks at the Zig Zag Inn.


Bring a water bottle.  Bring a sandwich or some fruit, or at least an energy bar for a short lunch stop at Summit Meadows.


The whole ride will probably take about 4 hours or more, with frequent stops along the way.

This event is open to the general public, so bring a friend. It’s a unique opportunity to find out more about how the original Oregon pioneers came to Oregon.


On Sunday morning, the bike riders will meet at the Zig Zag Inn a few minutes before 9:30 am.  They will leave some of their cars there and carpool in the other cars  to the Museum in Government Camp for the official event start at 10 am.  From there, we will all move on to Barlow Pass for the start of the field trip.


 At the end of the day, we'll gather at the Zig Zag Inn for some lunch or a drink.  Those who left their cars in Zig Zag will then give a ride to the drivers of the cars left at Barlow Pass..


This is a unique and historical ride, somewhat similar to what we have done in past years, but this time much more in depth.  Lloyd Musser will show us details and places we have not visited before. And Lisa Miller has recently discovered a part of the wagon route we didn't know about before.   Here are some highlights:


1. See the original Barlow Trail and even ruts left by the wagons...

2. See the Pioneer Woman's grave.

3. See the Pioneer Cemetery at Summit Prairie and hear the voice of Perry Vickers - who is buried there. Oh, yes, we'll hear him!

4. See exactly where and how the pioneers passed through what is today Government Camp and Skibowl.  The route is not where you might think it is..

5. See Laurel Hill, the steepest part of the historic Barlow Trail, so steep the pioneers had to lower their wagons with ropes, and tie trees to the back of the wagon to act as a brake. This hill is as steep as a double-black diamond ski trail, and yet the pioneers managed to get down it with their wagons!  Many have seen this steep chute from below, but let's experience it from above, the way the pioneers saw it.

6. Visit a tunnel built for horses.

7. See the Pioneers' Bridle Path trail.

8. See the tollgate replica at one of the several locations where toll was collected from pioneers arriving in Oregon. Many of the pioneers were outraged to have to pay for the privilege of traveling down "the worst road that ever was passed by wagons!"


Some of this may seem familiar. We've done something similar before. But, there will be lots of new stuff to see and experience this time.


Please contact the Mt. Hood Museum and/or Emilio, and let them know you are coming.  This is especially important if you are planning to carpool and hike. We need to make sure we will have enough cars for everyone.


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Contact Emilio at Emilio2000@earthlink.net.or 503-510-1477, and let him know the following:

1.  Are you coming to the Saturday evening presentation only, or only to Sunday's field trip, ... or both?

2.  Will you hike/carpool, or use a road bike or mountain bike?

3.  If biking, do you have either:

     a)  A trailer to help transport bikes in the morning, .... or

     b)  A larger van or car that can transport the drivers of the other cars back up to Barlow Pass at the end of the day? ... or

     c)  Can you take on at least one passenger and one bike (other than your own) from Zig Zag to Barlow Pass in the morning?


Either way, everyone with a bike needs to stop at the Zig Zag Inn at or before 9:30 am.




For more info about Saturday's presentation at the Mt. Hood Museum, contact Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum, at 503-272-3301, info@mthoodmuseum.org  .


For info about the bike ride, contact Emilio, 503-510-1477, or Emilio2000@earthlink.net.



Paradise Park

Paradise Park

Paradise Park Hike

September 14 , 2019  Saturday


12 miles moderate hike.                        NW Forest Pass Required.

Elevation gain 3050 feet.

Lunch/happy hour ... TBA.

Beautiful trail with amazing views of Zig Zag canyon from an angle you've never seen before (if you have only seen it while skiing above the canyon).  Then, even better views at Paradise Park itself.


MEET at 10 am at the Zig Zag Ranger Station for carpooling to the trail head.

NOTE: This will be an opportunity to learn how to identifying the trees, shrubs and flowers on the hike and any known uses of the plant.Diane will be telling us about it.  for example, can you tell the difference between a fir tree and a pine tree?  Did you know that a Douglas Fir is not a fir?  Did you know that a Western Red Cedar is not a cedar?


Directions to the Zig Zag Ranger Station.  Follow highway 26 west of Sandy.  Go past the traffic light at Welches for another mile or so to Zig Zag.  The Ranger station is almost directly opposite the beginning ogf Lolo Pass Road.  It's the next driveway on your right after Zig Zag Inn.


Please RSVP to Diane Domina,  dianedomina@yahoo.com .




NW Ski Club Council

NW Ski Club Council

40th Anniversary Party


Oct. 13 (Sunday):  6:00 pm.

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Northwest Ski Club Council.


Location: TBA

Mark down this date for a fun get-together on the afternoon of October 13 to celebrate 40 years of NWSCC - originally founded as the Portland Area Ski Club Council. 

NWSCC is about to celebrate 40 years . . . we would love to gather histories of member clubs, which in turn gives us more information on our own history.  Tell us about your club to feature in a newsletter and to celebrate at our 40th Bash in October.  How old is your club?  When did the club join NWSCC?  Does your club have a special focus (for example: mid-week skiing, bus trips, over 50 only, women only)?  We want to celebrate our long time member clubs as well!



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