I may be heading out to Portland OR for several months starting this Feb. I know this is a broad question but I have not been out there and do not know the area.
I am a moderately seasoned backpacker and do not aspire to any mountaineering feats just yet either.
That being said, is Hood hikeable in spring without the typical mountaineering gear? (ropes,harnesses,pickaxes,crampons etc)
I know it's only 12k feet but each mtn has it's own personality and skill level. Somehow I doubt this is just a higher Washington.
Any criticism? experiences? warnings?