Elevation Gain
1,500.00 ft (457.20 m)
Trail type
12.00 mi (19.31 km)
Warming hut
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This route takes you on a relaxing, creekside stroll through colorful old-growth forests of fir and ponderosa pine. The snowy trail corridor is easy to follow and always evident, allowing for a full immersion into the wonderful sights and sounds of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. And, if you are out for the day, you'll have the freedom to explore as much or as little as you wish.

In deep snow cover, the journey begins where Chiwaukum Creek Road/Forest Road 7908 turns off of Highway 2. Parking is limited in the small pull out, but there are rarely more than two vehicles here during the winter months. Head up the road a short distance to the summer parking area and proceed into the forested valley from which Chiwaukum Creek flows. At 1.5 miles the road terminates near a private, gated bridge that crosses the creek. Pick up the signed trail here and enter the dense tree cover, where you'll be instantly greeted with the air of more remote wilderness. 

After 3.5 miles, the trail covers a long stint along the creek bank with top-notch campsites, one after another. After 5 miles you will gain some open territory high above the creek. McCue Ridge can be seen rising to the north, as well as the South Fork of the Chiwaukum Creek Valley around a ridge corner to the south. After just more than 6 miles you will reach a trail junction: you can either veer left to cross a log bridge and head south another 2 miles for outstanding camping in Timothy Meadow, or you can continue north for an extended backcountry trip to the Ewing Basin and Chiwaukum Lake.

Note: Always check weather and avalanche conditions before traveling in the backcountry.

Recommended Gear

Before you head out on your next Mount Hood adventure, make sure you have the right gear! 

Here's a list of our go-to snowshoeing essentials to get you started:

Snowshoes: MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoe

Cushioned, Made in USA, Ultralight, 98.8 oz

Men's • $299.95 • MSR | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Women's • $299.95 • MSR | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Jacket/Shell: Arc'teryx Zeta AR Jacket

Waterproof, Adjustable Drawcord Hem, Pit Zips, GORE-TEX

Men's • $431-475 • Arc'teryx | Amazon | Backcountry

Women's • $475 • Arc'teryx | Amazon | Backcountry

Pack: Mammut Nirvana Pro Pack 

35L, Carry-On Size, Hip Belt, Ice Axe / Pole Loops, Hydration Compatible

Standard Fit • $189.95-199.95 • Mammut | Amazon | Backcountry

Small Fit • $199.95 • Mammut | Amazon

Insulating Layer: Moosejaw Dequindre Down Jacket

Water-resistant, Insulated, Adjustable Drawcord Hem

Men's and Women's • $179

Poles: Black Diamond Traverse Pole 

Aluminum, Adjustable with Lever Lock System, 21 oz.

$79.95 • Black Diamond | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Gloves: The North Face GORE-TEX Gloves

Waterproof, Adjustable, Insulated, GORE-TEX

Men's • $99.95-181.63 • The North Face | Amazon | Backcountry

Women's • $99.95-100.00 • The North Face | Backcountry

Boots: Vasque Snowblime UltraDry Boot

Waterproof, Cushioned, Insulated

Men's • $149.99 • Vasque | Amazon | Backcountry

Women's • $149.99 • Vasque | Amazon | Backcountry

Gaiters: Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiter 

Waterproof, Breathable, Lightweight, Abrasion-resistant

Men's • $41.32-65 • Outdoor Research | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Women's • $49.95-65 • Outdoor Research | Amazon | Backcountry | REI

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Scenic creek. Old-growth forest. Big views.


Limited parking space. Trailhead near private property.

Pets allowed


Trailhead Elevation

1,800.00 ft (548.64 m)


Big vistas
Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day


Groomed trail



Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


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