White River Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Government Camp, Oregon that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from December until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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Wanna have fun here with snowshoes (or without)? Park here and walk up to Timberline Lodge through White River Canyon. In the snow.
Just hike NNW on the trails up and out of White River until you connect with the PCT (if you can see it). Use a map, and it's fairly easy on a sunny day to find timberline. There's one (very mild) chute to ascend and then you've to cross a small canyon before you hit the Timberline Lodge parking lot, but it's very do-able.
It's a great and beautiful little trek if you're comfortable with a bit of low-grade mountaineering. And when you're done with a few miles of mellow snow-hiking, you can enjoy the Timberline Triple Speedball at the lodge (their famous hot chocolate, an IPA, and a cup of coffee--all overpriced). But you won't care how overpriced they were after you've had that much sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. You'll just hitch back down to White River with a stupid smile on your face.
Alternatively, you can hang around at White River Snow-Park and... go on a 2mi snowshoe with 150 other tourists? Or maybe play on sleds with all your new friends you met in the (enormous) parking lot? Your choice.
We were in the mood for snow but some of the trails near Mt. Hood didn't have enough for snowshoeing. So, we headed to White River Canyon, a bit trepidatious about the crowds we might find there. But while it was initially busy with sledders and lots of happy dogs playing, we soon left that all behind as we climbed out of the canyon. This trail was incredibly beautiful. Within a half hour, it started softly snowing, adding to the winter wonderland ambiance.
After about 1.6 miles, we reached our turnaround point, and sat in the snow and ate our snacks while overlooking the White River. The turnaround point was just before a very large (and steep!) hill that leads to Boy Scout Ridge. So after our snack, we headed back, enjoying the faster pace of an all downhill trek and the ability to glide a bit. The snow was falling a bit harder but just added to the awesomeness of the day. For us, it was truly a great day in the Great Outdoors.