Mt Hood Climbing Conditions - June 10th, 2011

posted Jun 12, 2011, 7:48 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jul 29, 2011, 6:05 PM ]
It looks like Mt Hood is finally getting into climbing shape, emerging from the Northwest's long winter. From the report:

Over the last week the mountain has begun to see weather and snow conditions more typical of this time of year.  Warmer temperatures and long hours of sunlight have increased the rate of ice fall and raised the potential for wet snow avalanches.  The mountain still has a significant amount of snow, rime and ice, especially in the upper elevations.

The weather may be in and out this weekend.  A weak disturbance is coming through Friday and into Saturday bringing the chance of precipitation. Accompanying this disturbance will be clouds and NW winds 10-15 MPH with gusts to 30MPH.  Late Saturday into Sunday we should be between disturbances resulting in partially sunny conditions, winds should be lighter WNW 5-10 MPH.  Clouds should begin to develop again Sunday evening.  Expect cloudy mornings and nights all weekend.

The mountain has not received any new snowfall in almost a week.  Daytime temperatures have been well above freezing for the past week with some cooling at night.  The intense sun and warmer temperatures have been quickly softening the snow each day.  Ice fall has triggered some shallow wet slides as well as initiated point releases and roller balls.  Skiing produced small to moderate amounts of wet loose slough.

The full report and latest conditions are always found on the Forest Service's Climbing Conditions Page