One of my favorite mid-summer destinations on Mt. Hood is the McNeil Point Shelter via Bald Mountain.
Wildflowers of almost every color decorate the alpine areas.
But, what were the odds of hiking to the 5,500-foot elevation tarns (alpine lakes) below McNeil Point in mid-winter?
As it turned out, the odds were very high in 2015.
On a warm sunny day I had a thoroughly enjoyable 3 1/2 mile hike from Top Spur Trailhead to the tarns. Amazingly enough, I didn’t run into snow until the last one-half mile.
Another grand day in the Pacific Northwest.