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Frog Lake

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • Frog Lake Trailhead signage.- Frog Lake
  • Snowshoeing at Frog Lake.- Frog Lake
  • Frog Lake Snowshoe.- Frog Lake
  • Frog Lake Snowshoe.- Frog Lake
  • Frog Lake Snowshoe- Frog Lake
  • Frog Lake is also a popular destination for skiers.- Frog Lake
  • Frog Lake Snowshoe- Frog Lake
  • Looming Douglas firs on the Frog Lake Snowshoe- Frog Lake
  • Skirting the lake on the Frog Lake Snowshoe- Frog Lake
  • An open view on the Frog Lake Snowshoe- Frog Lake
  • Hemlock on the Frog Lake Snowshoe.- Frog Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy-to-find trail loop. Wide trails. Dog friendly.
Cons: 
Snowmobile use and related noise.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Groomed trail: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
2.30 mi (3.70 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,800.00 ft (1,158.24 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

Pro Contributor

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.

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 

$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 • $181.61 • 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

 

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.

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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