Frog Lake is a good option for those looking to get out into the snow without having to deal with much uphill or downhill trekking. Overall, it is a wide and flat trail from the parking lot all the way around the lake and back.
You’ll likely find a crowded parking lot when you pull into the Frog Lake Sno-Park, as this location is popular among snowmobilers and RVs. Don’t be too concerned by the congested parking lot, though, as the snowmobilers have plenty of terrain to explore apart from the snowshoe and cross-country ski routes. The vaulted toilets in the parking lot are the only toilets you can access during the hike; all other toilets (and picnic sites) around Frog Lake will likely be snowed in.
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:
$189.95 • 35L, Carry-On Size, Hip Belt, Ice Axe / Pole Loops, Hydration Compatible
$79.95 • Aluminum, Adjustable with Lever Lock System, 21 oz.
Men's Powdercloud • $181.61 • Waterproof, Adjustable, Insulated, GORE-TEX
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.
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.