Virginia Meissner is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bend, Oregon and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is best used from December until March.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 387 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

snowshoeing

hiking
snow
14 days ago

Nice little snowshoe trail with a great warming hut

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

Went on a Monday and parking lot wide open. Snow on trail is very packed, but it was still nice to have snow shoes on the Hills up and down. View from the warming Hut was wonderful with bright sunny day.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

cross country skiing
3 months ago

First time cross country skiing and this trail was a perfect beginners run! Trails were nice and groomed, the shelter was a perfect spot to hang out.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Hiked trail up to warming hut and back. Very nice. Crossed some cross country trails. Easy to medium.

hiking
4 months ago

1/19/20: Snowshoe trails are clearly marked and separate from cross country. The snowshoe loop intersects with the cross country ski roads a handful of times so just be aware. 3 mile loop is lovely mostly under the cover of trees and includes the Meissner shelter. Option for tie available. I was intimidated to go here with so much emphasis on groomed trails for Nordic skiing. Not a problem—just look for blue and yellow snowshoe blazes. Loop starts to right of hut when you arrive. You can also climb to Nordeen shelter on an out and back trail from far side of the parking lot. A snowshoe trail map of the area is helpful.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of nice new powdery snow! Light snow all day! Absolutely gorgeous!

hiking
snow
4 months ago

We did a nighttime snowshoe trek in the middle of a blizzard! It was great! We had our dogs with us and everyone we saw heading down from the snow shelter warned us that “no dogs were allowed on this side of the highway” but honestly, it was dumping snow and we were the last to leave...I think the cross country skiers will be just fine in the morning. The snow was pretty packed on the way up but in the hour we spent at the shelter, a lot of fresh powder fell and made for a great hike down.

hiking
4 months ago

One star for this place because we showed up with our dog and got sent to leave. The apparent “ gate keeper” or manager of this place is a complete dick. Highly recommend avoiding this place if you have dogs and check out other nearby spots.

hiking
4 months ago

It’s says this is dog friendly but it is not. Very disappointing to get there and find that out.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

great hike.. trail was compact snow did not need snowshoes. good views at shelter.

hiking
9 months ago

Make sure you pay attention to the trail signs at the parking lot and follow them. We mistakenly started hiking along the road and followed the sign to “Meissner Shelter” and it turned out to be only the mileage to the next sign. So we ended up putting in way more miles than intended. I believe if you start on the trail behind the building in the parking lot, the mileage to the Shelter is correct. It was a good hike though even though we did some bonus miles. Great views at the Shelter!

hiking
11 months ago

Great relaxing 3 mile hike with fun view at the shelter

hiking
11 months ago

Relaxing!

hiking
blowdown
Wed May 29 2019

hiking
snow
Sun Feb 17 2019

Perfect beginner loop. Clearly marked trails

Sun Jan 06 2019

kid friendly, views, will be back

snowshoeing
Sun Jan 07 2018

Beautiful and easy 3 mile loop with a nice shelter halfway in with a wood stove.

Sat Dec 03 2016

nice views. good makings for the trial day or dark

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