In attempt to learn more about the state of Mt. Hood's Newton-Clark glacier and the potential for more devastating debris flows in Newton Creek, US Forest Service geologist Tom DeRoo photographs the glacier and the upper Newton Creek valley annually.
Since 2000, DeRoo has been monitoring this area for any changes that could have an effect on downstream infrastructure like roads and bridges. A few years ago, DeRoo agreed to allow the Hood River Watershed Group to join him on his trek up to near the glacier terminus to document changes.
The hike is open to the public; however, space is limited and requires registration through Hood River Community Education.
This is a unique opportunity to learn directly from the scientists studying receding glaciers and to see first hand the major source of water that feeds the Hood River.
The trip will showcase recent geological activity on the mountain, providing views of ridge failures, debris flows, glacial recession, and the recent Gnarl Ridge fire.
Participants must be able to hike seven miles round trip at 7,000 feet elevation, with a 2,200 feet elevation gain.
The tour takes place on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information please contact Megan Saunders or Steve Stampfli at 541-386-6063 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register with Hood River Community Education call 541-386-2055.