Just a short walk from the heart of Government Camp, the south side of Mount Hood offers a network of well-maintained winter trails that provide a range of choices for winter recreation: backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding are all fair game.
For this adventure, we decided to snowshoe up the Glade Trail, a trail that connects the Timberline Ski Area and Government Camp, and sled down. Haven't had this much fun sledding since I was a kid!
Going up, the trail progresses along at a relatively steep incline, climbing 1,880 feet over nearly 3 miles as you work your way towards the bottom of Blossom Lift at Timberline. Once at the top, enjoy the vistas as you look southwest over the Mount Hood National Forest and further on to the Willamette Valley. On a clear day you can spot Mount Jefferson off to your left.
Heading down, take care to maintain control of your sled and watch for other trail users. Secure your belongings and hold on tight as you make your way back the way you came up.
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.