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Todd Lake Cross-country Ski + Snowshoe

Deschutes National Forest

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Todd Lake Cross-country Ski + Snowshoe

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  • Beginning of the Todd Lake Trail along Century Drive.- Todd Lake Cross-country Ski + Snowshoe
  • Skiers head down the common corridor route. South Sister and Broken Top in the distance.- Todd Lake Cross-country Ski + Snowshoe
  • Among the trees on the Todd Lake Trail.- Todd Lake Cross-country Ski + Snowshoe
  • Skiers on the road entrance to Todd Lake.- Todd Lake Cross-country Ski + Snowshoe
  • Looking south across Todd Lake in early winter.- Todd Lake Cross-country Ski + Snowshoe
  • Skiers in the meadows north of Todd Lake.- Todd Lake Cross-country Ski + Snowshoe
  • Looking north through snow flurries across Todd Lake.- Todd Lake Cross-country Ski + Snowshoe
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Pros: 
Beginner level cross-country ski. Great views. Easy access.
Cons: 
Heavy use.
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Alerts: 
Be prepared for winter mountain driving of all sorts and pay extra attention for transitions in conditions from town to the mountain. High clearance vehicles with 4x4 capability are often required.
Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Groomed trail: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
180.00 ft (54.86 m)
Parking Pass: 
Common Corridor Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
5.50 mi (8.85 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,330.00 ft (1,929.38 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Mount Bachelor Nordic Center provides access to a substantial network of trails that are maintained by the resort. In addition to these pay-for-play trails, the common corridor from the Nordic Center allows access to some great cross-country ski and snowshoe trails in the Todd Lake and Dutchman Flat area (be sure to pick up a free common corridor pass in the Nordic Center before heading out).

Departing north form the Nordic Center, you will quickly arrive at the intersection with the common corridor. Those familiar with the area may or may not recognize the snow-covered landscape as Cascades Lakes National Scenic Byway/S Century Drive. Continue across the corridor to pick up the Todd Lake Trail. Trails are marked and have high usage, but fresh snowfall may require some route-finding ability. Additionally, some may choose to make their own trail amongst the hemlocks. It is approximately 2 miles via the standard trail from the Nordic Center to the south end of Todd Lake, and there is a net elevation loss of 180 feet, meaning you will be headed uphill on the return.

The lake was named for John Y. Todd, an early pioneer of Central Oregon. Signage on the natural history (as well as a privy) are located near the south end of the lake. The lake is encircled by a prominent ridge on nearly all sides, a picturesque glacial cirque. On a clear day, Broken Top is visible rising beyond the northern ridge. The loop around the lake is roughly 1.5 miles in length and can easily be done in either direction.

If desired, this trail can easily be linked with other Dutchman Flat and Todd Lake area trails for a longer adventure. If you'd like to do more of a loop to and from Todd Lake, the Century Drive common corridor can be used for one direction of travel, but beware of frequent passage by snowmobiles. 

These areas are closed to dogs in the winter. 

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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