Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop

Swampy Lakes Sno-Park

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop

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  • Swampy Lakes Trailhead.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
  • The Short Loop and the Long Loop provide options for all levels of snowshoers.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
  • An open meadow near Swampy Lakes Sno-Park.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
  • Adequate signs along the trail will help you stay on the right path.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
  • Follow the snowshoe signs and find nearly empty trails.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
  • The Long Snowshoe Trail passes through thick trees and open clearings.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
  • Snowshoeing to Nordeen Shelter.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
  • The backside of Nordeen Shelter.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
  • The new Nordeen Shelter, built in 2017.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
  • View from Nordeen Shelter.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
  • Nordeen Shelter.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
  • Nordeen Shelter has a wood stove and a stockpile of wood.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
  • Separate ski and snowshoe tracks near Swampy Lakes Sno-Park help reduce user conflict.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
  • Heavy snow cover near Swampy Lakes.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
  • Snowy trees near Swampy Lakes.- Nordeen Shelter via Snowshoe Long Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Trail designated for snowshoers. Quiet.
Cons: 
Swampy Lakes Sno-Park can get crowded.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Net Elevation Gain: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
4.75 mi (7.64 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,800.00 ft (1,767.84 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Many of the winter trails around Bend are designed for cross-country skiers, but this lovely loop trail is made just for snowshoeing. The Snowshoe Long Loop is a moderate, 3.25-mile trail that meanders through the snow-covered forest surrounding the lakes. By adding a .75 mile (each way) connector trail to the loop, you can visit the Nordeen Shelter and take a rest by a cozy wood stove.

The Nordeen Shelter was rebuilt in 2007 after the original was destroyed by fire. This warming hut, enclosed on three sides, is a nice place to sit and enjoy the views looking east. The shelter is equipped with a wood stove and is supplied with wood that should last through the season. While visiting the shelter, be sure to read the trail etiquette sign, check out the trail map, and learn more about the legacy of Emil Nordeen. A Swedish immigrant who came to the United States in the early 1900s, Nordeen quickly rose up the ranks of cross-country ski racers in Central Oregon. In addition to the shelter bearing his name, a ski race from Bachelor to Wanoga also celebrates Nordeen's skiing accomplishments.

This snowshoe loop connects with several other trails in a dense network of winter ski and snowshoe trails. There are many ways to link up and explore various loops and one-way trips in this area. Pick up a map at the trailhead kiosk and go have an adventure!

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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