Illumination Rock is located just above timberline lodge ski area on Mt. Hood. In winter, the routes are mixed rock and ice climbing. The route we climbed was 4 pitches of M4 – AI4. The protection was mostly rock in splitter cracks. For April, the climbs seemed quite winter-esque making the placement of gear even more fun than usual. Moving among sugar gargoyles put me in a total dream-like head space.
I had only seen fluffy mushrooms of ice in magazines, so it was great to touch them. Stoke seemed to be running through my veins….
Below is a topo of the rock with routes: