Groomed trail
No
Elevation Gain
?
Distance
4.30 mi (6.92 km)
Warming hut
Yes
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The short trip to Bechtel Shelter is a favorite winter weekend excursion for families from the Southern Willamette Valley. Despite its popularity, the trip never really feels crowded, and lunch at the shelter is a great opportunity to meet people. The route follows a forest road with a nearly level beginning that becomes a gentle climb for the last mile to the shelter. Separate ski and snowshoe tracks ensure an easier path for your chosen mode of transportation. The shelter has a sleeping loft and is stocked with wood (please burn only what you need to stay warm). If you decide to stay overnight, be aware that all visitors must be accommodated. There is a warming hut in the Gold Lake Sno-Park parking lot, and it is staffed by volunteers from the Willamette Backcountry Ski Patrol. They have maps of the area for sale and are a great resource for current trail conditions. Dog owners, please pick up after your dog; the snow eventually melts, leaving unpleasant surprises along the trail for other users.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

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

Pros

Warming hut at the parking lot. Shelter with wood stove. Easy trail.

Cons

High traffic near the parking lot. Negligent dog owners.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

4,985.00 ft (1,519.43 m)

Net Elevation Gain

150.00 ft (45.72 m)

Features

Shelters
Snowshoeing
Warming hut

Trail type

There-and-back

Location

Field Guide + Map

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