For some people, fresh snow means time to curl up in front of a fire and snuggle with a loved one. For others, it means time to strap on some snowshoes and head out to explore the beauty of a world covered in a blanket of white.
Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory has numerous trails perfect for snowshoeing. The Zigzag Ranger District is home to some great walks that offer stunning views of the winter wonderland. Plus, the rangers themselves are a wealth of information. The USFS ranger stationed at Timberline Lodge & Ski Area leads regular snowshoe treks from the historic hotel that are as informative as they are fun. Monthly full moon walks take you on a tour of the grounds which are given an ethereal glow beneath - you guessed it - the beautiful full moon. The ranger-led walks are free of charge for guests of the lodge, giving you further incentive to treat yourself to an overnight stay.
Mt. Hood Outfitters also offers snowshoe rentals, where you can set off on one of dozens of trails as well as shoes, trekking poles for adults, trail maps and information. They also have a selection of guided tours, so newcomers to the sport can learn the ropes under the guidance of an expert before setting off on their own adventures.
One incredibly popular snowshoe destination is Trillium Lake. Known for its blue waters that perfectly reflect Mt. Hood during warmer months, the transformation during the winter is mystical. The frozen lake and snow-covered trees create an idyllic setting that is the very essence of a perfect winter scene.
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If you're looking for alternative transportation up to the mountain to avoid driving in winter conditions, remember to check out Mt. Hood Express for a relaxing trip.
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Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home.