Road 48 provides a pleasant, uncrowded ski route into the Mount Hood National Forest. The wide trail descends gently from the highway with frequent views of Mount Hood at your back. This route is not groomed, but snowmobile traffic appears to keep it the snow well compacted, and ski tracks are often present.
The route is easy to follow and ideal for beginners, with no major descents or climbs. The return point is up to the skier or snowshoer. Because there is a constant descent from the trailhead, remember to plan for extra time and effort for the uphill return. The primary hazard of this route is snowmobile traffic; be sure to be attentive for the sound of the engines and ski within your limits, and you will find that most snowmobile traffic is respectful and cautious of skiers.
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.