Are there places nearby for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling?
There are unlimited opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling within Mt. Hood National Forest. Below are a list of popular locations, all require a SnoPark pass, during November 1-March 30. By clicking on the headers below it will link you to a full list provided by the USDA Forest Service. Other winter sports locations and information can be found at the link provided.
Trillium Lake Snow Trails: located 15 miles east of Whispering Woods in Government Camp, trail heads are right in the camp. Dogs must be on leashes.
Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center: located 24 miles east of Whispering Woods, along Hwy 35 about 7.5 miles north of hwy 26. No dogs or snowshoeing allowed.
Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort: located 24 miles east of Whispering Woods Resort, along Hwy 35. Follow signs for Mt Hood Meadows/Bennett Pass Sno Park. The main location has snowshoeing rentals and trails leaving from that location. One of the trails passes by Umbrella Falls.
Teacup Lake: is one mile north of Mt. Hood Meadows, along Oregon 35. No dogs or snowshoeing allowed. Located near the Mt Hood Meadows Nordic exit.
Cooper Spur Nordic Center: 35 miles northeast of Whispering Woods, Cooper Spur has separate trails for snowshoers. Dogs are not allowed.
Snowmobiling in and around Government Camp is not allowed, however, there are groomed trails within 10 miles of the village at both Frog Lake and Skyline Sno-Parks.
**Sno-Park permits are required, at the above sites, and can be obtained at most stores in Welches and Government Camp. Sno-park permits are available to guests at Whispering Woods Resort.
For a more extensive list of trails for all three of these winter activities, visit USDA Forest Service website or the local ranger station.
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