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Published on February 26, 2024

Mount Hood was hit by a major natural avalanche, authorities confirmed, with Portland Mountain Rescue and the Northwest Avalanche Center reporting an extensive slide on the volcano's southern flank. According to a KATU News report, the avalanche debris was substantial enough to reach down past Illumination Saddle, an area known to climbers and adventurers.

Representing Portland Mountain Rescue, Mark Morford informed KATU News of the avalanche's occurrence above the west crater rim. He emphasized the stroke of luck that allowed him to quickly affirm no casualties or injuries resulted from the unexpected event. The first signs of the avalanche were spotted on Friday, February 23, with the Northwest Avalanche Center estimating its occurrence back on February 22.

The details of the slide indicate that Mt. Hood remains unpredictable. The KOMO News coverage noted the important role of mountain rescue teams and the critical information provided by avalanche centers in maintaining the safety of those who seek the thrill of ascent and the peace of alpine spaces.

"The slide was quite large, and debris went down past Illumination Saddle," stated Portland Mountain Rescue on their Facebook page.