The weathermen predicted 4-6 inches of snow for Portland last week.
We got zero.
As two people who love, love, love snow, we were super bummed. So we went snow chasing over the weekend.
We drove about an hour east to the Wildwood Recreation Site in hopes of hiking to the top of Huckleberry Mountain. First, we spent a while wandering around the Cascade Streamwatch Trail, which runs along the Salmon River. We were hoping to see some salmon, but had no luck.
We crossed over the river to take the Boulder Ridge Trail up to Huckleberry Mountain. By this point, it was already much later than when we anticipated starting our hike (thanks to a desire for a yummy brunch with a long wait earlier that morning), so we opted to just hike around 2 miles up to what was supposed to be a great view of Mt. Hood (instead of the 5.3 miles to the top of Huckleberry Mountain).
The glorious snow proved to be a bit of a hindrance to that plan. The combination of the enormous wind and snowstorms in the area knocked a ton of trees across the trail, which we had to climb over or find a way around. It was tricky. And slow.
And then we found these paw prints in the snow. My apologies to anyone hiking in the general area last weekend. If you heard two people obnoxiously singing random phrases, that was us. Just trying to keep the bears away.