A few weeks ago I purchased my flight and Spring Pass to Timberline. With the excitement building I decided to write up a summary of my 2015 spring trip to relive the memories.
Mount Hood is one of the few places in North America where lift service skiing can be accessed year round. However, being a college student the most affordable time to visit is the spring due to the extremely variable weather. After the spring semester wrapped up I set my sites on Mt. Hood to link up with friends from all over the country. Some came by plane others came by car; we all made it to our camping area at Trillium Lake by the third week of May. Trillium Lake is a lake like no other, providing a postcard worthy view of Mount Hood. Trillium Lake is the ideal area for camping, situated just 30 minutes away from Timberline Lodge and 20 minutes from the nearest town Government Camp.
The skiing at Timberline this time of year is hit or miss, this why the three month long pass at Timberline is only $109. We had five days of rain back to back, three of which Timberline was closed for skiing. These three days were spent exploring the Mount Hood Area. Our first day was spent driving the Fruit Loop, enjoying fresh fruit smoothies and various types of fruit at mom and pop fruit stands. The second day was spent hunting for waterfalls around the Mount Hood Area Tamanawas Falls was my favorite; due the long gradual hike that leads directly up to the bottom of the falls, where we were greated we a refreshing mist from the falls. Our third day was devoted to exploring the small city of Hood River. Hood River is filled with many activities for the action sports lover; the first half of our day was spent enjoying their massive concrete skatepark. The second half of our day was spent hanging out by the water a Hood River watching kiteboarders and windsurfers rip around with winds provided by the Columbia River Gorge. After the five rain days Mother Nature reciprocated, giving us seven days of bluebird skiing at Timberline. We spent these days skiing Timberline’s famed spring terrain park and exploring the Mount Hood’s vast sidecountry offerings. After our Timberline Spring Pass expired we drove three hours west to Cape Kiwanda in the quaint town Pacific City. Where we spent two days relaxing, beach camping and attempting to surf. Before departing back to the Portland International Airport where I caught my flight back to the Burlington International Airport.