More rain! Yay! This is going to be enough to make the trails muddy again, but I do have good news for mountain bikers: Knebal Springs is now clear of trees, so you’ve got Knebal, 8-mile, Dog River and Surveyor’s totally open on the 44 road. Last I heard, Bottle Prarie was 80% clear of trees, so it’s either clear or very close to clear now.
On the other side of the river, I know you guys really want to ride Ape Canyon and Falls Creek, but I have word that there’s still snow above 3500 feet, However, the 83 road is open now, so if you want to poke around on St. Helens, you can get to the Ape Canyon trailhead. Just don’t expect to ride the entire route.
If you’re looking for wind, there’s going to be a little this afternoon. As a short wave crosses the Cascades midday, west winds pick up into the 17-20 range from Hood River eastward. It’s going to be gusty, but it’s better than nothing at all. West winds continue tomorrow as high pressure at the coast drives 19-23 mph westerlies near Hood River. Unfortunately, the Hatchery is closed for repaving tomorrow, so you’ll have to figure that into your Monday plans.
Out on the little rivers, the Hood’s at 5.6 ft, the White Salmon’s around 4.6 ft, and the Klickitat’s at 3140cfs.
Finally, don’t forget to come watch the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic criterium bike race in downtown Hood River today. The wet roads are going to make things exciting, so swing by and cheer on the racers! If you have the stomach for it, stand at the corner of Wasco and Industrial, and watch the crashes on the steep, slippery 180 degree turn.
Have a great day today!