Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in Mt. Hood National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Road and trail open. :)

Road still closed and has about 6 inches of snow most of the way. Not many people there. Lots of trash and dog poop, please pick up after yourself!

So disappointed road in was snowed in. No access to vehicles... and 2 mile hike in was too much for you group. Will have to visit again later in the season.... One thing that salvaged our drive up was a great shot of a snow-covered Mt. Hood

hiking
29 days ago

Well graded trail. It’s nice and wide, good for groups/dogs. My GPS put us at almost 8mi round trip. It would be miserable without micro spikes/snowshoes. Near the top you have to frogger through the skiers and boarders. It’s compact so spikes are best at the top. I’d recommend getting a late start and heading down at 4 after the runs close. That way your return trip is peaceful and without the mountain traffic.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Took the Red Meadow trail from the bottom of the parking lot. Spectacular little less traveled, unpacked connector to the Trillium Lake road. Main trail was well packed and easily traveled without snowshoes. Gorgeous easy trail!

Total distance from parking lot to and back was about 5 miles. Distance listed is for the Lake Loop only so be prepared for double depending on route. What we walked was the Lake road. The trail loop indicated in this file is the low trail at the lake's edge.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Lots and lots of snow. End point is too steep to climb in snowshoes perfect for those who skin up to ski down. But still a great work out.

This place is so gorgeous it looks even prettier with the snow everywhere loved it!!

Fun place to snowshoes!

Much longer hike than the 1.6 miles listed. The larger loop and loop along the shore totaled about 7.5 miles!! Great hike though! Lots of people with snow shoes but it was a nice packed trail and they weren’t really needed. We used ice spikes but we would have been fine in just boots. Can’t wait to do this again in the summer months!

My favorite place of all time. Absolutely magical!! The lake is so pretty this time of the year and the hike around it is breathtaking. In love!! Already cannot wait to go back.

Packed ice but still beautiful and decided to use the new snow shoes but you could do it without.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Beautiful day on the mountain. View from south end of lake and Mt Hood is iconic!

hiking
4 months ago

Intended on snowshoeing but wound up leaving them in the car and just hiked in our boots. There was quite a bit of snow but it was pretty packed down. There were a lot of people but it is a long enough trail that people were pretty spread out. It was an easy hike but due to the difficulties of walking on the snow we broke a sweat!

Lots of traffic but a beautiful refreshing hike!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Went snowshoeing yesterday and it was amazing! Parking lot got full pretty fast, I got there at 8 and I had the trail to myself. You will definitely need snowshoes or crampons. The lake is frozen and the view is just amazing.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

loved it was very beautiful today!

Road is closed to the lake so it’s about a 1.7 mile extra walk. Totally worth it. It’s beautiful there this time of year

hiking
6 months ago

Went with the dog pack and they loved it. It was snowy and in some places there was a little deeper snow but over all easy trail.

Such a beautiful place for a view of Mount Hood! The lake itself is breathtaking as well. Wait for the sun to start coming down and you'll get an awesome reflection of the mountain's peak in the water. The loop isn't necessary to do if you're just there for the view. The best vantage point is right at the beginning.

Little crater lake is beautiful

walking
7 months ago

Took my 9 month old on my back and went with non-hiker family members. Everyone loved it!! super easy, all flat, amazing views and green tall tree coverings. fun quick walk.

Magical, especially early morning.

3/4 of this trail was actually a paved road. The last 1/4 is was unmaintained trail that was very difficult to navigate through. Unless the forest service (or some other party) comes through and marks the trail better I don't recommend doing this one. You could very well get lost!

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty easy short flat loop. Went off hours and was able to do a quick trail run. Lake is beautiful

hiking
8 months ago

A calories burying way to go to dinner at Timberline Lodge from Government Camp. About 3.1 miles one way. Ride back in car suggested after dark. I have to disagree with the comment by Sara on July 2016. I would not call it very very steep. I would call it a moderate continuing grade. Give it about an hour and a half, one way if you're over 70.

trail running
8 months ago

It gets busier as the day goes on! Get there early to claim your spot.

It gets busier as the day goes on! Get there early to claim your spot.

trail running
8 months ago

It gets busier as the day goes on! Get there early to claim your spot.

snowshoeing
8 months ago

I've only done this trail in the winter snowshoeing from the parking lot down the trail head. Highly recommend if you are new to snowshoeing. Had a wonderful time trekking down to the lake.

Beautiful trail! Very easy hike. Lots of different micro climates around the lake made the hike that much more interesting.

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