The Mount Hood Meadows Nordic trail system can be thought of as an Eastside network and a Westside network, with an access road that divides the two. You can start any trail in this system at the Nordic Center in the parking lot attached to the Eastside trails, where you can purchase your nordic pass, warm up on a cold day, get some instruction and rent gear.
For this loop we stitched together pieces from several loops, essentially staying to the outermost edge of the trail network. From the Nordic Center, head east toward the Hanel Loop, staying left to start the loop, and continuing onto Raven’s Way. There is an intermediate level descent on this section that may feel a little steep for beginners. Keep left again as the route intersects Beargrass Loop, and continue on Beargrass as it returns north back toward the Nordic Center.
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.