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Iron Creek Ski + Snowshoe Trail

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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Iron Creek Ski + Snowshoe Trail

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  • Wide roads and open turns keep the slopes beginner to intermediate.- Iron Creek Ski + Snowshoe Trail
  • Beautiful veiws on the Iron Creek Trail.- Iron Creek Ski + Snowshoe Trail
  • Mount Hood (11,249') from the Iron Creek Trail.- Iron Creek Ski + Snowshoe Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Close to Portland. Great views. Beginner to intermediate terrain. Wide road.
Cons: 
Some snowmobile traffic.
Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Groomed trail: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,223.00 ft (1,287.17 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

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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.

Recommended Gear

Before you head out on your next Mount Hood adventure, make sure you have the right gear! 

Here's a list of our go-to snowshoeing essentials to get you started:

Snowshoes: MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe

Men's and Women's • $229.95 • Cushioned, Made in USA, Ultralight, 98.8 oz

Jacket/Shell: Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket

Men's and Women's • $475.00 • Waterproof, Adjustable Drawcord Hem, Pit Zips, GORE-TEX

Pack: Mammut Nirvana Pro Pack 

Standard Fit and Small Fit • $189.95 • 35L, Carry-On Size, Hip Belt, Ice Axe / Pole Loops, Hydration Compatible

Insulating Layer: Moosejaw Dequindre Down Jacket

Men's and Women's • $134.25 • Water-resistant, Insulated, Adjustable Drawcord Hem

Poles: Black Diamond Traverse Pole 

$79.95 • Aluminum, Adjustable with Lever Lock System, 21 oz.

Gloves: The North Face GORE-TEX Gloves

Men's Powdercloud and Women's Powderflo • $99.95 • Waterproof, Adjustable, Insulated, GORE-TEX

Boots: Vasque Snowblime UltraDry Boot

Men's and Women's • $149.95 • Waterproof, Cushioned, Insulated

Gaiters: Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiter 

Men's and Women's • $64.95 • Waterproof, Breathable, Lightweight, Abrasion-resistant

Backcountry Safety Gear

If you are snowshoeing into avalanche terrain, you should be prepared, equipped and educated on how to use avalanche rescue and snow safety gear - including but not limited to an avalanche beacon/transceiver, probe, and shovel. Learn more and shop here.

Backcountry Safety

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.

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