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

hiking
3 days ago

Stunning snow hike with friends and dog. The sights were absolutely glorious when we hiked out of the cloud that took up the parking area. Great snow for either a hike or feel free to put on your snow shoes over a mile in. A+, would recommend to anyone looking for pristine views of Hood

hiking
snow
3 days ago

Excellent loop, hard to beat for something so close to the city center. Trail was a bit icy so be sure to bring some spikes during winter months. A few trails branch off of the east side of the loop, looking forward to exploring those on future visits.

hiking
snow
6 days ago

Took a group of Boy Scouts to overnight at the lake . Built an igloo in the campground area. Very busy parking lot and trail during the day, only ones on the lake that night!

I love skiing out to Betchtel. I have stayed in the shelter in the winter and in the summer. Easy, flat x-country skiing, except for a steep last 100 feet from the trail to the shelter, I ran right into it

Beautiful park.

A perfect example of the beauty of Central Oregon.

snowshoeing
snow
8 days ago

Highly recommend. We went in January and there was about a foot n a half of snow. Well marked trail with blue diamonds, and lots of solitude. Blue diamonds on the trees made the trail very easy to follow and the incline/decline wasn’t bad either. Took about 3 hours on snowshoes. The falls were beautiful but we couldn’t find safe access to the lower trail. Silk worth it!

Best Kept Secret in the Bend City Park System - especially for bird watching and old growth forest & must if you visit in Central Oregon

The south side of the loop is the Tumalo Creek Trail portion of the loop and was the most scenic part of the hike up until you reach the falls. The north end is actually a road. If you want to hike through some alpine forest you can hike up past Tumalo Falls to Double Falls, but probably wouldn’t want to go much further without snowshoes. Spikes recommended if there is snow on the ground.

snowshoeing
11 days ago

Love this hike!!! It was way more then 1.9 it more like 5 1/2 miles almost 6 , still total worth it , you can take a way quicker way to the lake but the loop around is gorgeous. We snowshoed in for fun rentals only 15$ not bad at all .kids could total make it only one big hill at the end .

My second trip out. Left early and got the shelter to myself for a couple hours just before the torrent of mid-day families coming out to enjoy the fresh powder. I love the solitude of the shelter; I like the distance (not short or too long); and as it's right near the top of the pass it gets some good snow even during tepid winters like this one.

Pretty busy

on Virginia Meissner

13 days ago

kid friendly, views, will be back

Beautiful day hike!

Kids enjoyed the hike and played in the snow.

snowshoeing
13 days ago

We snowshoed this trail on a Saturday morning. There were a few people there when we left the car, and by the time we returned to the parking lot (before 11:00), it was packed. The total length for the trip was 5 miles, with the additional miles from the sno-park.
The lake was covered in snow and pretty. The view of Mt. Hood was spectacular.
The path trail was very hard packed snow and ice. You don't really need snowshoes for this trail. A lot of people were out there without. The trail was pretty crowded.
I prefer a little more solitude hiking and snowshoeing. This would be a good beginner trail. You don't have to worry about getting lost and the scenery is pretty.

snowshoeing
16 days ago

Lots of sledding close to the parking lot.
For snowshoeing I would suggest walking close to the river for the best experience!

snowshoeing
17 days ago

Fun, easy hike around the frozen lake.

We did the trail to the falls out and back. It's about 7 mile without much incline. The only incline is the last couple hundred yards to the falls, so it's a pretty easy hike. It was very icy for the first mile and hard pack after that. We had spikes but there were other people who were hugging the snowy edges to keep on their feet. I personally wouldn't go without spikes until it snows again, just to slick. All and all a beautiful hike, the scenery is fantastic.

Totally over crowded, ransacked and ruined by people who do not follow the golden rule of coexisting nature (leave nothing, take nothing). Water quality is abysmal, super gross. Broken glass, trash, clothes and graffiti cover the place. It's a shame, because pictures from long ago show what a beautiful haven in the forest this once was. Now...ruined. Heartbreaking.


Update 1/3- I returned on a weekday and found it much more of an oasis. The trash during the government shut down is still horrifying, but if you're able to find a quiet time to soak, it's much more enjoyable.

nature trips
1 month ago

Something you dream of!

hiking
1 month ago

We went in mid October and the views of Shasta and the valley were very beautiful! It's an easy hike with lots of trails to explore.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Great beginner route to see what well traveled trails and backcountry powder feels like

No good trail markings, typical Oregon. ended up on the skyliner trail which was an awesome 6.5 mile run. Head back tomorrow with a map and run the falls loop

This trail is beautiful and so easy to access. Would be awesome to kayak on the lake in the summer!

i have been going here for decades and i am so disappointed its packed people parked along the road tubs nasty and packed thank you social media... i most likely only be going in the dead of winter now

Great views! a little bit of frost this time of year...I would recommend Hobart bluff trail if one were wanting to choose between the two trails!

Beautiful, and scenic.
Love taking my dog here.

I snowshoed this trail in march and it was so fun! Flat, and accessible. Some were mountain biking it.

Super cool loop. Can tell why this would be a great place to walk your dog if you're a local. But if you're looking for views and a good hike go elsewhere, lots of better views in this area!

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