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Swampy Lakes, Porcupine Snowshoe Loop

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • The former Swampy Lakes Sno-Park Shelter near the parking lot. This shelter was dismantled, and a new shelter is in place.- Swampy Lakes, Porcupine Snowshoe Loop
  • - Swampy Lakes, Porcupine Snowshoe Loop
  • Forest of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta).- Swampy Lakes, Porcupine Snowshoe Loop
  • - Swampy Lakes, Porcupine Snowshoe Loop
  • Linda Gillard with a gray jay (Perisoreus canadensis), otherwise known as a "camp robber."- Swampy Lakes, Porcupine Snowshoe Loop
  • Gray jay (Perisoreus canadensis).- Swampy Lakes, Porcupine Snowshoe Loop
  • Taking a break at the former Swampy Lakes Shelter. This shelter was dismantled, and a new shelter is in place.- Swampy Lakes, Porcupine Snowshoe Loop
  • The former Swampy Lakes Shelter (day use only). This shelter was dismantled, and a new shelter is in place.- Swampy Lakes, Porcupine Snowshoe Loop
  • The former Swampy Lakes Shelter (day-use only). This shelter was dismantled, and a new shelter is in place.- Swampy Lakes, Porcupine Snowshoe Loop
  • View of Swampy Lakes.- Swampy Lakes, Porcupine Snowshoe Loop
  • View of Swampy Lakes.- Swampy Lakes, Porcupine Snowshoe Loop
  • Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii).- Swampy Lakes, Porcupine Snowshoe Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easily accessible. Kid-friendly.
Cons: 
Limited vistas. Heavily used.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
High
Net Elevation Gain: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Parking Pass: 
Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)
Total Distance: 
4.10 mi (6.60 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,800.00 ft (1,767.84 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Primarily and historically known for its cross-country trails, the Porcupine Loop is a new and exclusive path for snowshoers who want to enjoy the calm charm of Swampy Lakes and the sno-park's popular wood-fired warming shelters. This roughly 4-mile, relatively level loop meanders through a thin forest of lodgepole pine, white fir, mountain hemlock and Engelmann spruce.  Once you leave the forest, vistas open up as the trail skirts around Swampy Lakes and climbs 200 feet over Telemark Butte.

Note: Dogs are not allowed on any of the trails within the Swampy Lakes Sno-Park, and overnight camping is not allowed in any of the warming shelters. 

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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