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Groomed trail
No
Elevation Gain
?
Distance
1.90 mi (3.06 km)
Warming hut
Yes
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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)

Winter

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

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

Pros

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

Cons

Not on Forest Service map. Wayfinding can be difficult.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

4,750.00 ft (1,447.80 m)

Net Elevation Gain

150.00 ft (45.72 m)

Address

NF-860
Sisters, OR 97759
United States

Features

Snowshoeing
Big vistas
Warming hut

Trail type

Loop

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

12/31/2018
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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