Elevation Gain
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
Trail type
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Warming hut
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The winter trail network located off of Highway 22 just north of the junction with Highway 126 offers Oregon snowshoers and cross-country skiers a fantastic variety of trails and views. The Maxwell Sno-Park serves as a hub for the trails east of Highway 22, most of which are easy to moderate in difficulty and very family friendly. You can explore the trails as a day trip, or you can extend your trip by staying overnight in the Mountain View Shelter.

Because the shelter is located within a trail network, you'll have options for the route you'd like to take. From the Maxwell Sno-Park, the easiest route heads north toward the Flat Loop and then northeast along the Mountain View Loop. If you want to extend your trip, there are longer options involving the Mountain View Loop that will still lead to the shelter. All of the trails lead through the thick Douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar, and generally the trails are very well marked with blazes and signs at junctions; note, however, that abundant fresh snow may make route finding a bit of a challenge, so be sure to travel with a map.

The shelter is open for overnight stays from November 15 to April 30. Space in the shelter is first-come, first-served, and there is no charge. You may find yourself sharing the shelter with strangers, but guests are usually friendly and respectful. The shelter has a wood burning stove, and wood is cut and stocked by volunteers in the summer season. A solitary outhouse sits a short walk from the shelter. The shelter is magnificently situated for views of Three Fingered Jack on clear days, and it is a great spot to enjoy the peace and solitude of the Willamette National Forest.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Views. No reservation needed for overnight use. Shelter and toilet.


Potential crowds. Route may be subtle in fresh snow.

Pets allowed


Trailhead Elevation

3,700.00 ft (1,127.76 m)


Big vistas
Cross-country skiing
Warming hut


Nearby Lodging + Camping


Hi Amy!
re: your updated comment, on 12.31.17, you wrote there is ANOTHER (2nd) shelter...
... Can you provide any more specific details? Exact shelter name, trail... how to get there? Or, Distance from the main Mountain View shelter?
You can also contact me via social media (I sent you a PM; check your 'filtered' or 'requests' folder). if you're not quite ready to add that info here on the website.
.... Thanks SO much for doing all this!
(even if you don't get back to me, everything here is already super useful; thank you!)
There is no firewood left at the Mountain View Shelter for the season, but plenty of snow! Trails were well marked and obvious.
Snowshoe to the Mountain View shelter. Using the forest service map, we followed this route by marker numbers: starting right next to the toilets, to marker 8, 9, 10, 12, shelter, 17, 16, 13, 14, 15, 8, and back to parking lot. There are maps on the marker posts, but they are difficult to read - best to print a copy of the Maxwell Sno-Park map to carry with you. Find one here https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recreation/recarea/?recid=4671

Note that parking here from November 1 through April requires a Sno-Park permit, NOT the NW Forest Pass. Spent four hours total, with a stop at the shelter for lunch. No firewood in the shelter and no views due to snow falling, but enjoyable anyway. We only saw three other people.
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