View of paintbrush and Mt. Hood, located near the top of Hood River Express. Photo by Josey Rice.
We've covered pretty much all of the trails at Meadows throughout these Hike of the Week posts this season, so to cap things off as we head into our final week of Summer Operations, we're going to do things a little differently.
This week's Hike of the Week isn't really a hike at all, and is proof that you don't need to go on a long or arduous outing to get your alpine views or wildflower fix. Instead, we're going to focus on the fact that some great views are located right near the tops and bottoms of our lifts, which are great options for seniors or young kids.
Fireweed growing near the bottom of Stadium Express. Photo by Josey Rice.
The base area has a surprising number of wildflowers, with different varieties that bloom throughout the season, and are visible from the bottom of Stadium Express, which abuts a wetland. Or, take a quick stroll up the road from Stadium to the bottom of the Blue chair to see more.
A Scenic Chair Ride will take you to the top of Stadium for more wildflowers and some amazing views of Mt. Hood. At the top of Stadium Express, you can sneak a peek into Heather Canyon, and take a brief walk up the road (take a right from the top of Stadium Express) to the bottom of the Heather Canyon chair for a great view of Mt. Hood.
Yarrow growing underneath the Heather Canyon chair. Photo by Josey Rice.
For a bit of a longer walk, take a left off the top of Stadium Express, following the road, then take another left at the intersection with another road that will take you up to the top of Hood River Express. Continue following the road until it curves around an embankment and reveals a stellar view of Mt. Hood (seen in the picture at the top of this blog post). The ridge off to the right that is under the Heather Chair, leading down to the bottom of Shooting Star Express also provides some good views.
Special Weekend Events
As we mentioned earlier, this is our final week of Summer Operations at Meadows, which means that Friday night is also our final Movie on the Deck of the season. We'll be showing the 1971 classic, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, at dusk (around 8:15 PM). Per usual, tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for juniors. Scenic Chair Rides will go until 7 PM and the Paradise Grill will be open up until 15 minutes before showtime (please leave outside food and beverages at home). We have plenty of seating available, but feel free to bring your own chairs (and we recommend bringing a blanket for when it gets colder later on in the evening).
Get tickets to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!
We'll also have live music on Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday this weekend! Cale Rice will be performing on the Paradise Sun Deck from 3-5 PM on Saturday, while Jess Clemons will be performing at the same time and place on Sunday and Monday. Labor Day (Monday, September 5) will be our last day of Summer Operations this season. We hope you can make it up for these final few days of summer fun on the mountain!