Groomed trail
Elevation Gain
150.00 ft (45.72 m)
1.90 mi (3.06 km)
Warming hut
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Ray Benson Sno-Park, near Hoodoo Ski Area, offers a plethora of cross-country skiing opportunities as well as some nice backcountry skiing on the east side of adjacent Hayrick Butte. You'll find an extensive network of marked and unmarked trails in addition to lakes and backcountry shelters. The area is popular with snowmobilers as well, and they have their own well-signed trail system and are rarely seen or heard once you leave the vicinity of the parking lot. There is a large warming hut in the parking lot that was constructed by the Mount Jefferson Snowmobile club in cooperation with the Forest Service. There is a trail map of the area posted here. No overnight use of this hut  is allowed.

This short loop starts out on South Lake Trail, which is the most popular entry point for the area. The beginning of this trail skirts a meadow under Hayrick Butte before entering the trees a short distance from the parking lot. The trail is easy to intermediate with some ups and downs. Mount Washington looms through the trees to the south. At the first trail junction, take a sharp left onto an unmarked, unmaintained forest road. This section of the loop is not signed and is not on the Forest Service winter recreation map of the area. Consider a there-and-back trip on the South Loop Trail if you are unsure of your route finding abilities. The forest road is relatively easy to follow as it climbs gently back to the southeast corner of the parking area.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

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


Views of Hayrick Butte and Mount Washington on clear days. Nice intermediate trail.


Not on Forest Service map. Wayfinding can be difficult.

Pets allowed


Trailhead Elevation

4,750.00 ft (1,447.80 m)


Big vistas
Warming hut

Trail type




Very busy on New Year's Eve day, the parking lot was nearly full, but there are plenty of trails so we didn't encounter a lot of people on the trail.
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