We don’t get to the north side of Mt. Hood very often, but when we do I find it is one of the best vantage points to capture breathtaking mountain views. It’s worth the rough roads to get there. The drive is about 10 miles of rough gravel and the occasional deer crossing. On our way to the hike, we stopped by the historic Cloud Cap Inn which is now operated by the Crag Rats, a mountain rescue organization.
We happened to arrive on the day they were preparing a gourmet dinner for a group of auction winners. On our visit we were fortunate that some Crag Rats were available to give us a tour. After our tour we hiked the trail until we reached the moraine line which gave us a great view of the glacier. We don’t normally think about Mt. Hood as an active volcano, the odds of it erupting within the next 30 years is estimated to be between 3% and 7%. That’s better odds than me winning the lottery!