What a great day we had on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at Mount Hood Adventure in Government Camp, Oregon. A very courageous and hearty group of outdoor enthusiasts left the Corvallis Senior Center quite early and headed off to Mt. Hood for a day of fun in the snow. We arrived at Government Camp ready to put on our snowshoes and attack the slopes so to speak.
Our trail guide and "Manager of Getting Out", Greg "Chopper" Moreno is an expert in the art of snowshoeing and also quite good in dealing with those of us who are considered seniors! For some of us it was our second go at snowshoeing the trails around Mt. Hood. We decided to take the trail heading to Trillium Lake. There had been fresh snow on Tuesday evening going into Wednesday morning. In fact we had some snow falling as we were on the trail. The falling snow was perfect to add to the fullness of our experience.
Walking with the aid of snowshoes is not that difficult, so long as you do not attempt to go backwards. A couple of intrepid hikers in our group decided to make their own "snow angels". They will know what I mean, Ha!
We had fun breaking trail in one portion of our journey. That can be a challenge if you continually fall through fresh powder! It was probably smarter to follow in the footsteps of the lead dog! The only issue we had was time. Everyone wanted to continue on but we had to make our lunch date at Charlie's Mountain View Restaurant. This was one time when feeding our stomachs was secondary to the fun we had on the trail. According to my newest toy, my altimeter, compass all in one handy outdoors necessity we traveled a total of about 3-4 miles or so.
If you want to have an experience that will make your day then head up to Government Camp and find Greg "Chopper" Moreno, he is the right person to guide you on a great adventure.
Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:52 am Name: Jordan Comment: Very nice photos! Look as if everyone had a good day!
Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:33 am Name: Katherine & Mike Norbert Comment: Just watched your video and love the photos! How difficult was this on a scale of 1-10? I would love to try it but concerned that it may be a little too much for me physically? I want to know when or if another trip is planned with the senior center? Thanks!
The answer to your question is not uncomplicated. First if you have concerns about physical exertion I would strongly urge you to contact your physician prior to thinking about this activity. I would also think it wise to contact Mt. Hood Adventure directly for more information. Greg "Chopper" Moreno was our guide on two separate occasions. He is well versed on the area and was very professional. tel # 503-715-2175 Perhaps a conversation with Greg would help. Regarding the trails I have been on two different trails a year apart with different conditions. I would rate the difficulty at least an 8 out of 10 for seniors. Possibly less for a younger person. Hope this information will help in your decision. On a fun level it is definitely a 10! Check with Chelsea at the Corvallis Senior Center regarding scheduling. 541-766-6959 Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:11 am Name: Grace Comment: Fun stuff. Would like to join in next time you do this. Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:58 pm Name: Rachel Vitters Comment: I must try this, it looks to be a challenge but yet lots of fun. We are new to the area and will follow up with the senior center. Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:24 pm Name: Bob G. Comment: I plan on joining in on the fun this December. Wouldn't miss it! Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:57 am Name: Bill Lewicki Comment: I have been on these trails as well. Looks like you folks had a nice outing.