This image apparently ran in The Hood River Glacier in the 1920s with the caption, "Mount Hood glaciers will be made accessible by the new Loop road."
The Mount Hood Loop Highway doesn't get as much attention as the Columbia River Highway, but it was an impressive and important piece of engineering which did, as the Glacier promised, make the mountain far more accessible. While most of it has been built and rebuilt many times since the 1920s, much of the road follows the basic lines engineered one hundred years ago. There are a few pieces of the original highway hidden in the woods, like the section with Sahale Falls near Mt. Hood Meadows.
Those days are long gone. Friend took a picture of one of the small glaciers from the Lodge parking lot. Took a picture this year from the same spot and it is entirely gone. Where will the orchardists get their water when the glaciers are all melted? Where will we get our drinking water when the glaciers are all gone?
nels on 10th August 2021 @ 7:08am
Tom Kloster's latest piece in his blog discusses the Loop Hwy, melting glaciers and moving rivers in fascinating detail: https://wyeastblog.org/
Will on 10th August 2021 @ 7:33am