GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- Snowpack on Mt. Hood was melting fast this Spring and levels were already below average. This means, among other things, that more camp sites will be open early around the area.
Snowpack was currently at about 70% of average and melting quickly below 5,000 feet.
The last two springs have seen heavier snowpack, which prevented the opening of trails and campsites for the traditional start of the summer season on Memorial Day weekend.
Most Government Camp merchants were welcoming the early snow melt, happy the summer recreation season will get off to an early start, bringing business back to the mountain.
Last June, the road to Trillium Lake remained close with more than a foot of snow on the ground. Now, the same path had just one- to four inches of snow on the ground. And that snow will likely melt next week as warmer temperatures return, according to meteorologists.