About the Blog

This blog is the voice of the Mount Hood National Park Campaign, a private, grassroots effort to bring Mount Hood the recognition it deserves as a national treasure of natural and cultural significance (read “About the Campaign”). I started the blog in 2008 to provide more timely articles than the main Mount Hood National Park Campaign web format allows.

The model for the WyEast Blog is decidedly old-school: magazine-style, with more depth, photos and maps than you’ll find on a typical blog. What you won’t find are posts on what I had for lunch, the weather outside or anything resembling a stream-of-consciousness tweets. Plenty of that on the web, already! Instead, I publish 2-3 articles per month in an ad-free environment that are, hopefully, as informative for you as they are for me to research and write in my lifelong quest to explore all things Mount Hood.

A couple of important caveats: all photos on this site are taken and copyrighted by me (read “About the Photos”), or public domain with photo credit provided. I’m also my own editor, so please be patient with the occasional ramble, bad grammar or just poor spelling.

Thanks for stopping by, and please consider posting a link in other forums!

A rather chilly mid-week hike to Angels Rest last January… had the place to myself!

Tom Kloster | Mount Hood National Park Campaign

21 Comments on “About the Blog”

  1. Jinyan Guo Says:

    Dear Mr. Tom Kloster,

    I am a Ph.D candidate at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. I study irises for my doctoral research and I have recently defended my dissertation. My sample of Iris tenuis was provided by a friend located at Portland for my study of their flowers, but she doesn’t have a photo of it. I am wondering if I can get your permission to use your photo of “Clackamas iris” in your blog article “Clackamas River Trail”. I need a close up of Iris tenuis flower to include in one of the figures in my dissertation, which is due quite soon.

    Sorry I have to write this letter here because I do not have your email address. Please feel free to contact me at jinyan.guo@cgu.edu

    Thank you very much!


  2. Jinyan Guo Says:

    Dear Mr. Kloster,

    Sorry, the email I replied to your address couldn’t get through. So, I have to reply you here.

    Thank you very much for letting me use your photos of Iris tenuis. I will really appreciate it if I can get a higher resolution of the close up of the flower (as I study these flowers). The second iris picture in your blog would be perfect. I may need this high resolution photo when I publish in peer reviewed journals. I will acknowledge your name in both my dissertation and the coming papers.

    Thank you very much!




  3. Pamela Says:

    Dear Mt. Kloster.. I would like to email you about a project I am working on and use of some of your content. Please email me at lostlakeresortpamela@gmail.com… thank you and I LOVE your blog! 🙂 pamela


  4. Jeff Thomas Says:

    The article “Million Dollar View” mentions the hiking trail on the west side of Beacon Rock that goes to the summit and which was built by Henry Biddle. The article states, “The famous network of catwalks and stairways installed on Beacon Rock in the 1920s leads thousands of visitors to the airy summit each year to marvel at the view.” Just for the record the trail was begun Sept. 1915 and finished March 1918 as recorded in Biddle’s account books now in special collections at the University of Oregon. As you probably know the trail is unfortunately currently closed due to damage from the Nov. 2015 storm.

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  5. Tara Rose Says:

    Dear Tom, May I use your photos on my blog FirstWays.com with proper credit?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Tom Kloster Says:

    Sure, Tara — just “Courtesy WyeastBlog.org” would be fine. Thanks for asking!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Bill Guiffre Says:

    Hey Tom, The BPA powerline near Hiyu Mountain, Lolo Pass is one tenth of a mile (520 feet) wide, not a half mile wide. I just measured it on our GIS systems at work. Should correct the mistake on the caption on the photo. Cheers,


  8. Tom Kloster Says:

    Thanks, Bill — I did some re-measures myself and came up with width that vary from 800 feet to nearly 1,400 feet, so I’ll meet you in the middle and correct the caption to read one-quarter mile. I think you must be looking at the section east of Lolo Pass, whereas I’m measuring the section west of the pass (where the devastation is quite a bit worse). Whatever the case, the impacts are impossible to minimize — the location is still an environmental catastrophe for the mountain.


  9. Tom Kloster,

    I’m a graduate student researching the historic drinking fountains along Oregon’s highways and you referenced one i Hadn’t heard of, the Sherwood fountain. Can you please email me and let me know where you found it?




  10. Tom Kloster Says:

    Hi Lys,

    It’s located at the entrance to the Sherwood Campground on Highway 35 (along the Mount Hood Loop), a few miles toward the Hood River Valley from Bennett Pass and the Meadows resort. There are sister fountains at Sahalie Falls and just west of Barlow Pass on bypassed sections of the old loop.

    Hope that helps!


  11. Jeff Says:

    Tom, did you get my recent e-mail about the Garden Time show?


  12. Hi, my name is Austin Brigden. I operate a small seed company, Reliance Seed, specializing in PNW native species. I’m offering Iris tenuis this year, but don’t have any photos of it in bloom. Would it be possible for me to use one of yours, providing credit and linking back to the blog?


  13. Tom Kloster Says:

    Sure, Austin. Just list the photo credit as “www.wyeastblog.org”. Thanks for asking!


  14. Hey Tom! I would love to get in touch about doing a quick interview. Would you mind sending me an email?

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Katy Says:

    Hi Tom,

    We love the Celilo Falls panorama you created, and are wondering if it’s available to purchase? Or if not that, if it’s possible to buy the 3 prints you used separately?

    Thanks so much!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Tom Kloster Says:

    Hi Katy — can you send me an e-mail? You can use this address (note: replacing the @ in my e-mail address with an & for spam purposes): tom&mounthoodnationalpark.org


  17. Tom Kloster Says:

    Great interviewing with you, Graham! Best of luck with your podcast series! 🙂


  18. Hi Tom-

    Great site. I found it looking for info on the Elliot Crossing. In 2002, I built what looks to be the last bridge footings at Elliot crossing according to you 2014 article, working for the Hood River RD. This bridge, the one in your photos, was not removed seasonally by helicopter as stated but could be dissembled and reassembled and stored by a couple people on site each year. I have a couple of photos from the construction viewable at http://www.brandonalleman.com – Find Galleries – Bridges – 2002 Mt Hood. I only had a disposable camera at the time.



  19. Stephen Wilson Says:


    Thanks for the great blog. Looks like comments are closed, but wanted to let you know that the Hood air quality webcam is back online and some of the others, hooray! Although it looks like the Gorge one is still offline for now.



  20. Tom Kloster Says:

    Thanks for the background, Brandon — just catching your comment now. I’ll add an update to the original article. Much appreciated!


  21. Tom Kloster Says:

    Thanks, Stephen! I stumbled across that, too — encouraging, and I hope the rest come back online, too.


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