The Enid Lake Loop is part of the wonderfully accessible network of Government Camp trails that branch off of the main trail, Crosstown. While neither the elevation gain nor the distance of the Enid Lake Loop are particularly daunting, don’t mistake this for a wide, groomed beginner trail. It is a wooded, backcountry trail that is narrow and not groomed. But don’t be intimidated! It is a short loop, so there is time to move carefully through the challenging sections, and some of the same features that make this an intermediate experience are also the reason this loop is so lovely.
Your ski will take you through lush cedar, hemlock and fir. You will ski over and beside the small creeks that feed and drain Enid throughout the loop, and if you are lucky enough to be there on a clear day, you will have great views of Mount Hood looming over this tiny mountain lake. The trail gains and loses elevation as it snakes around the lake, so the 2-mile loop may be enough skiing for the day. If not, continue on to the Glacier View Loop or the short Kurt’s Connection near the parking area for a few laps.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.