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Guide To Oregon's Cross Country Skiing

 

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Oregon has plenty of places for the cross country skier to check out. Listed below are a few of the more popular places for cross country skiing.

Trillium Lake is a popular 12 mile cross country site close to Portland. The course offers beautiful views of the mountain and Trillium Lake. It starts off with a downhill from the parking lot but then is relatively flat. You will find this hike just past Government Camp right off the highway.

Teacup Lake is a 5.6 mile loop with well groomed trails great for skiing, however snowshoes and dogs are not allowed. The closest city is Government Camp by Mount Hood.

Pocket Creek is located by Hood River and is 10 miles total of out and back trails as well as loops. The trailhead elevation is 3,800 feet.

Elk Lake is a 22 mile out and back trail for strong skiers in good weather. It is located by Bend.

Dutchman Flat, is located southwest of Bend. It offers views of Mount Bachelor, the Three Sisters, and Broken Top. It is a total of 6.5 miles and is open Med-November to early May.

Cooper Spur Ski Area on the northeast side of Mount Hood are appreciated for generally clear weather and views of Mount Hood’s north side. The course is out-and-back and a total of 14 miles. You may head to historic Cloud Cap Inn, noted for its great view or Tilly Jane Campground for an opportunity to stay in a rustic cabin.

Ray Benson supports 12 miles of ungroomed ski trails just east of Ray Benson Sno-Park, which is just south of Santiam Pass, Sisters being the closest city. The trails are popular for novice and intermediate skiers so a ski track is usually broken.

Billy Bob offers 8 miles of cross country skiing in the open forests east of Mount Hood by Dufer. Local contacts are the Barlow Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forrest.

Government Camp Oregon Cross Country Ski Trails can be found fifty miles southeast of Portland. These trails traverse from one end of town to another offering 3.5 miles of ungroomed trails. The local contact is Mount Hood Information Center.

Odell Lake Lodge caters almost exclusively to cross-country skiers. There are 6 miles of trails available December to early April. The local contact is the Odell Lake Lodge.

Skyline is two miles east of Government Camp. Skyline Sno-Park offers 13 miles of fine ski trails made by snowmobiles. The local contact is the Barlow Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest.

Pioneer Woman's Grave is a Government Camp Cross Country Ski Trail 5.7 miles in an out-and-back course. This is a novice to intermediate course. The local contacts are the Mount Hood Information Center.

Crater Lake National Park is a time of extreme weather and extreme beauty. There are no groomed trails but there is 15.3 miles available for cross-country skiing from Mid-November to early May. The local contact is the Crater Lake National Park.

White River Canyon offers incredible scenery and gentle terrain which makes this sno-park very popular. There are 3 miles of out-and-back trails for novice skiers. The local contact are the Mount Hood Information Center.

Virginia Meissner Sno-Park offers 10 miles of trails 20-minute drive west of Bend. It is well suited to beginners. The local contact are the Tumalo Langlauf Chapter, Oregon Nordic Club.

Wind River lies northeast of Portland in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. There are 11 miles with several loops which are groomed weekly with two sets of ski tracks. The local contact is the Wind River Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Grouse Gap is an Ashland Cross Country Ski Trail. It offers 6.7 miles of an out-and-back trail for novice to intermediate skiers. The local contact is the Ashland Ranger District, Rogue River National Forest.

Mount Hood Meadows offer 8 miles of trails that are 18 feet wide and are excellent for skating. Most trails run through wooded terrain although there are a few outstanding viewpoints. The local contact is the Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort.

Mount Bachelor has the best groomed Nordic area in the state and one of the best in the country. It is noted for its varied terrain with excellent trail grooming. There are many options with 7.5 total miles of trails for novice to advanced skiers. The local contact is the Mount Bachelor Ski Area.

Diamond Lake offer trails that feature incredible views of Mount Thielsen and Mount Bailey. Diamond Lake Resort, grooms a small number of easy ski trails while there are opportunities for ungroomed trails as well. The local contact is the Diamond Lake Resort.