We recently had a nice cold spell that dumped about 6-8 inches of fresh snow in the Columbia River Gorge. When this happens, it doesn’t stick around for too long, so you really have to get out there quickly.
Sometimes they close the highway (I-84) between Troutdale and Cascade Locks, so I was excited when I woke up to find that the highway was open even though it didn’t sound too good out there; patches of black ice… I decided to take my chances and head out for the fun. The highway was pretty bad, and even with studded tires, I didn’t try to get over 35mph. I saw several jack-knived trucks along the way and a few spun out cars here and there. When I finally made it to the Eagle Creek trailhead, I was the only one there!