7-Day Forecast for Scenic Hot Springs Area (2,900 ft near beginning of Trail Head)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Scenic HS Conditions: Fresh Snow

Took a hike up up the hot springs today at Mike's request and encountered the following conditions:
  • It was snowing lightly at 2000 ft (the elevation of the BN Staging Area) when I arrived and near blizzard conditions once in the clearcut and up to the springs at 3,500ft,
  • I estimate in the four hours I was up there, an additional eight inches of fresh, dry pellet snow (the low temp, stormcloud stuff) had fallen to obliterate my tracks up. It was still snowing heavily when I left at 8pm,
  • The berm across the entrance to FS850 is still substantial and impassable for some time,
  • The snow on up FS850 and the clearcut averages 4-6 feet deep,
  • Onto the actual trail, snow is slightly deeper except in the places where the spring runoffs cross the trail,
  • Snowshoes are no longer required as the snow has compacted and supports boots for the most part (if you stay in established routes),
  • The main springs (Lobster and Bear Den) are running hot, supporting pool temperatures of 109F and 103F, respectively. There is little evidence of snowmelt or the expected cooling of the spring sources . . . and I don't expect melt to happen anytime soon.
The following images give some idea of the present (April 24th) conditions:

The berm across FS850

The BPA Clearcut

The entrance to the trailhead

Just before the Main Springs Creek trail crossing
Note the heavy snow weighing down the branches over the trail

Large slab of snow near the pools being held
temporarily by that ten foot tall tree stump

Thursday, April 10, 2008


My apologies for the lack of posting. On March 31st I lost my mother to a long-standing heart condition and I'm dealing with a sudden emptiness in my life.

A few days after my mother's passing away we had to take my mother-in-law to the hospital for a life-threatening case of flu-induced pneumonia so these past several weeks have been body, mind and emotion-numbing on me.

Both my mother and my mother-in-law lived in my home . . . and both are very dear to me. During the last few years role of mother and son reversed as I took on the role of caring for my mother . . . feeding her, helping her with her daily injections, massaging her feet at night and putting her to bed. It was a role that had become a part of my life and I enjoyed the time together. The loss is very great yet we had been expecting the day for some time. My mother had beat the odds of her bypass and lived an extra 15 years beyond expectations. When time came for the late night medic trip I honored my mother's request of no extraordinary measures. One week later, she passed away peacefully and pain-free with all her family . . . children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren . . . around.

My mother-in-law, fortunately, had passed the critical stage and is recovering from serious pneumonia.

My thanks to all those who have expressed sympathy and condolences. Your thoughts are very much appreciated.