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Groomed trail
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Distance
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Warming hut
Yes
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If you are into Nordic skiing and want some groomed trails, Teacup Lake near Government Camp is a great place to go. There are 12 miles of groomed trails that range from easy to difficult, and all are designed for skate and classic cross-country skiing. For this trip we skied Lakeside Trail-Nordic Way/Stump Street-Hood River Road-Meadow Trail, but many different trail combinations exist depending on your appetite. Because all of the trails are loops, you will encounter views of Mount Hood on both ends of the trail system. The Teacup trails are groomed three times a week by the Oregon Nordic Club, which also maintains the Ray Garey Cabin. Here you will find a wood stove and a number of tables for eating your packed lunch; there are also two sheltered restrooms next to the cabin. The club does not receive any state or federal funding and relies on a suggested $10 donation per person. This covers not only the grooming, cabin and toilet maintenance, but also supplies such as trail maps and firewood.  

The parking lot at the Teacup Lake Sno-Park has recently been expanded to 200 hundred spots, and though it might be intimidating to see a full parking lot when you arrive on busy days, skiers come and go with enough frequency that the wait for parking usually isn’t long.  Likewise, the trails are designed so well that crowding is rarely an issue outside of a few congested areas. If the parking lot is full and you don't want to wait, park on the west side of the highway at the Clark Creek Sno-Park.

Dogs and snowshoes are not allowed on groomed trails.

Logistics + Planning

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

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

Pros

Close to Portland. Groomed for skate skiing. Warming hut. Variety of terrain.

Cons

Can get crowded. No snowshoeing.

Trailhead Elevation

4,266.00 ft (1,300.28 m)

Net Elevation Gain

300.00 ft (91.44 m)

Features

Snowshoeing
Big vistas
Old-growth forest
Warming hut

Trail type

Loop

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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

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