Wahtum Lake Camping Mt Hood Oregon

When my friend Jeremy (Instagram: @zekewesley) invited me to a camping trip around Mt Hood with a bunch of strangers, of course I didn’t hesitate! A dozen of his friends were celebrating Ethan’s birthday at this remote camping spot by Wahtum Lake near Hood River, Oregon. Upon arriving, I was blown away by the views of Mt Hood! 

Mt Hood view from the campsite

wahtum lake

This view, by the way, is from a car camping site. I’m a big fan of backpacking trips but being able to get this type of scenery from the relative comforts of “car camping” was quite enjoyable.

Most of the weekend was spent making campfires, eating whatever was being cooked and served (pork belly, chicken breasts, a variety flavored chips for Stefan, s’mores, sautéed veggie, saucisson, etc etc), slacklining and drinking lots of good beer. 

Camp shenanigans

One of the best thing about the weekend was the night sky. It was a new moon so the stars were out by the millions! Ethan brought his telescope so people could take a look at Jupiter, Mars and Saturn while Jeremy, Danny (Instagram: @black_out_ronin) and I shot the night away. Watching the sun slowly set over Mt Hood and waiting for stars to appear was pretty magical.

Mt Hood sunset

Even though the views, good vibes and munchies made it hard to leave the campsite, we managed to go on a few hikes. Wahtum Lake was just a (brutal) staircase away so we grabbed our bathing suits and headed down to the waters.

Wahtum Lake

Just under the campsite was another little lake. Supposedly there is a trail that goes to it, but we ended up bushwhacking our way down. We’re not too sure what it’s called but since it’s full of salamanders, we called it Sally Lake.

Sally lake

Chinidere Mountain

The best hike though was Chinidere Mountain Trail. It’s a steep hour-long hike or so from Wahtum Lake that ends at the top of Chinidere Mountain. On a clear day, you can see five snowcapped mountains from the top of the trail: Mt HoodMt AdamsMt JeffersonMt St Helens and Mt Rainier.

All in all, it was a great weekend with a bunch of genuinely good people. Thanks Ethan and Jeremy for including me in this trip! I’m glad I got to meet you all and I’m sure we’ll be doing some more hiking/camping/shenanigans in the future.

Click here to view the entire gallery of photos.

And for those of you interested in the photography gear, almost all photos were taken on my Sony A7rII using the Zeiss 50mm f/1.5 Sonnar with the Voigtländer Close-Focus Adapter. I also used the Voigtländer 21mm f/4 Color-Skopar and the Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 Super Wide Heliar II for some of the Milky Way shots. Last but not least, I used a Leica 90mm f/4 Macro-Elmar for some of the salamander shots, long shots of Mt Hood and a couple Milky Way shots. A few photos and the videos were taken on my iPhone 6 Plus with Moment Lenses. 

Some of the good people

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