5/7 Gorge wind, mountain bike trail conditions update and other Gorge stuff

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 May 7, 2013

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Good morning,

If you’re getting tired of this sunny, summery weather, it looks like there might be an end in sight – looks like we’ll see some rain on Saturday. Yay! Mountain bike tack season returns.

In the wind forecast, we’ll see westerlies this morning pick up to 26-30 at the Hatchery and 21-25 in Hood River with 15-18 further east and further west. The wind will back to 23-26 this afternoon and fill in from Stevenson out to The Dalles. We’ll see another round of west wind tomorrow, with 23-27 dawn patrol through 11am or so, with the wind backing off to 21-24 in the afternoon. Same wind locations as today. Thursday sees lighter westerlies at 10-15 or so.

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In mountain bike news, Dog River and Oak Ridge are clear of trees and Surveyor’s has 12 trees down and no snow. There are 6 trees down on the doubletrack between Surveyor’s and Dog River. This is confirmed from a reliable source. I also heard that at least the bottom half of Lewis River is clear of snow, but that there are a bunch of trees down. I wouldn’t take that as a green light, but it sounds like it’s close. The Parkdale Ranger station (for you roadies) has zero information on their roads: no report for Lake Branch (confirmed snowy), Vista Ridge (“we don’t know”) and Red Hill (“we don’t know”). Lolo Pass is not yet open.

If you want to play tonight, there’s pickup touch rugby at the Hood River Marina at 5:30. Coming up tomorrow, it’s the gals’ Post and Pinot mountain bike ride leaving Dirty Fingers at 5:30. There’s also sailboat racing at 6:30, and if you’re off work early, there’s touch rugby at the middle school in White Salmon at 3:30.

Looking ahead to the weekend, there’s sailboat racing at Cascade Locks, and there’s a family-friendly mountain bike ride at the EasyCLIMB trail on 5pm on Saturday. Pickup Ultimate Frisbee is back on the schedule too, happening on Sunday at 4pm at the Hood River Marina. And finally, don’t forget it’s national bike month. Get out there and ride!

Have an awesome day today!