Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
4.10 mi (6.60 km)
Warming hut
Yes
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Primarily and historically known for its cross-country trails, the Porcupine Loop is a new and exclusive path for snowshoers who want to enjoy the calm charm of Swampy Lakes and the sno-park's popular wood-fired warming shelters. This roughly 4-mile, relatively level loop meanders through a thin forest of lodgepole pine, white fir, mountain hemlock and Engelmann spruce.  Once you leave the forest, vistas open up as the trail skirts around Swampy Lakes and climbs 200 feet over Telemark Butte.

Note: Dogs are not allowed on any of the trails within the Swampy Lakes Sno-Park, and overnight camping is not allowed in any of the warming shelters. 

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

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

Pros

Easily accessible. Kid-friendly.

Cons

Limited vistas. Heavily used.

Trailhead Elevation

5,800.00 ft (1,767.84 m)

Net Elevation Gain

300.00 ft (91.44 m)

Features

Warming hut

Typically multi-day

No

Groomed trail

No

Location

Field Guide + Map

Comments

01/27/2018
not a ton of snow but enough to enjoy the trails. had a great time!
11/27/2015
Not a lot of snow, but enough to get out there and enjoy the sunny weather!
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