The Little Nash Snow Trail is located in the Willamette National Forest just off the Santiam Highway. It's an easy loop trail with a connection to the nearby Potato Hill Sno-Park for those looking for a longer adventure. With so many snowshoeing options in the area, this trail tends to be less used.
The trail starts from the Little Nash Sno-Park. Head up Forest Service Road #2676, which is shared with the snowmobiles but closed to other motorized vehicles in the winter. Follow the trail up for about half a mile and head east at the trail junction. After another half mile the road will head south and the snowshoe-only trail will continue east. Look for the blue diamonds on the trees and "no snowmobiles" signs. The rest of the trail winds through the forest and eventually down toward the highway. It's close enough to the highway to hear and sometimes see the cars, which is not ideal, but the fresh snow and low crowds makes up for it. Keep an eye out for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife in the area. Becuase it's a loop, you could go in either direction to start, but heading up the road is recommended.
The parking area is large enough for many vehicles and trailers for snowmobiles, though there are no amenities.
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.