I spent Sunday afternoon and evening in the shadow of Mt. Hood, at 3,429m (11,249ft), the highest mountain in the state of Oregon. These shots were all taken from or near Trillium Lake, a man-made body of water about 12km (7.1mi) south-southwest of the mountain.
Its topographical prominence makes Mt. Hood a stunning landmark in the US Pacific Northwest; on Sunday we were very fortunate to have largely clear, sunny and hazeless skies through which to enjoy it. It’s convenient location, just 50 miles east of Portland, ensured that we wouldn’t be enjoying it alone. But it was hardly a ‘packed house’ – I was actually surprised that there weren’t more people.
It was a short visit which didn’t allow much time for anything besides a few hours of leisurely paddling around the lake and a short evening hike on the lake’s east end. When I return (and I likely will), I’ll make a point of making the time to hike the Timberline Trail, a 65.5km (40.7mi) trail that circumnavigates the mountain.