The morning started mild, calm, and partly cloudy at the trailhead. However, once above 6000 ft W winds picked up into the moderate range and clouds started moving in which kept snow surfaces firm at these higher elevations.
Spring is really starting to leave its mark on the Mt Hood zone. On Saturday I traveled on the south side and found firm, supportable travel below 9000 ft. At these elevations having ski crampons and the sharps kit was helpful. Above 9000 ft I found a more winter-like snowpack, snow available for transport, and generally more favorable travel conditions. Moderate W wind drifted snow at these elevations. Once near Crater Rock I did observe a crown from a recent ( 4/14) skier triggered avalanche on the Old Chute at approximately 10,000 ft on a SE aspect. This avalanche served as a reminder that it's still winter on the upper mountain despite the spring-like snowpack near the trailhead.
Comments: Confined to elevations above 9000 ft.