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Groomed trail
No
Elevation Gain
?
Distance
5.80 mi (9.33 km)
Warming hut
No
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There are a few winter locations around the base of Mount Hood that offer flat terrain that is perfect for learning to ski. The Trillium Lake Loop, Teacup Sno-Park and the Skibowl East Sno-park are all popular choices. If you’ve tried these three spots and are ready for the next challenge, head to Barlow Pass Sno-Park for some varied terrain. Although it's most popular with snowshoers, the ski down to Beaver Marsh is a steady decline along a forest road that affords one (and only one) particularly spectacular view of Mount Hood. The road then proceeds down to the East Fork of the Salmon River and the marshy flatlands. Be sure to carry a GPS or a map and compass as the trail meanders through heavily wooded backcountry and can be difficult to find in fresh snow.

Note: The clearing near the parking lot is also excellent for sledding.

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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)

Pros

Varied terrain. Marsh provides scenic openings. Sledding along the route.

Cons

Heavily used. Limited vistas of Mount Hood.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

4,100.00 ft (1,249.68 m)

Net Elevation Gain

400.00 ft (121.92 m)

Features

Snowshoeing
Big vistas

Trail type

Loop

Typically multi-day

No

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area

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