If you enjoy snowy mountain landscapes, good exercise and cold winter air in your lungs, then you should probably go snowshoeing. Some of our favorite forests transform to serene winter wonderlands covered in a blanket of white during the winter months. This amazing transformation along with the beauty the cold temperatures can bestow on the landscape can often leave you breathless.
If you've never been snowshoeing, don't worry, it's easy! If you can walk, you can snowshoe. There are mountain shops across the state that offer affordable snowshoe rentals should you not have a pair of your own. Alternately, if you'd like to purchase a pair of snowshoes, check out some tips for picking the right snowshoe from Tubbs.
Not all of Oregon's trails are transformed to ideal snowshoe routes, but there are certainly plenty to choose from. You can read our article dedicated to Snowshoeing on Mount Hood, where you'll find the popular Trillium Lake, Frog Lake, and Mirror Lake and Tom Dick and Harry snowshoe trails. And if you're in Central Oregon, check out the Best Snowshoe Trails Near Bend. The 10 snowshoe trails listed below are a few of our favorite across the state; these are are diverse trails that offer amazing views, unique features such as frozen waterfalls and fire lookouts, and potentially fewer fellow winter-adventurers. If you want to stick to the flat areas near sno-parks, you'll likely need to snowshoe over 3 miles before the crowds start to thin.
Have other favorite snowshoe trails in Oregon? Feel free to leave photos in the comments section below!