Snow on Augusta Creek

Cooler temperatures last weekend brought a white coating to the foothills of the Cascades, like this scene on Augusta Creek above Cougar Reservoir.

One of the annual indications that winter is beginning was reached last Thursday when the Oregon Dept. of Transportation closed the Old McKenzie Pass for the winter. Another, the opening of the Hoodoo Recreation Area for their 75th anniversary of operations may not make it for the Thanksgiving holiday. On Tuesday morning the snow base level was around 7.5 inches, which isn’t enough to open the slopes.


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