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Elevation Gain
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Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
2.30 mi (3.70 km)
Warming hut
No
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Frog Lake is a good option for those looking to get out into the snow without having to deal with much uphill or downhill trekking. Overall, it is a wide and flat trail from the parking lot all the way around the lake and back.

You’ll likely find a crowded parking lot when you pull into the Frog Lake Sno-Park, as this location is popular among snowmobilers and RVs. Don’t be too concerned by the congested parking lot, though, as the snowmobilers have plenty of terrain to explore apart from the snowshoe and cross-country ski routes. The vaulted toilets in the parking lot are the only toilets you can access during the hike; all other toilets (and picnic sites) around Frog Lake will likely be snowed in.

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

Moderate

Pros

Easy-to-find trail loop. Wide trails. Dog friendly.

Cons

Snowmobile use and related noise.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

3,800.00 ft (1,158.24 m)

Net Elevation Gain

200.00 ft (60.96 m)

Address

PCT
Government Camp, OR 97028
United States

Features

Big vistas
Cross-country skiing

Typically multi-day

No

Groomed trail

No

Snowmobiles allowed

Yes

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Mount Hood National Forest

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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

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