Winter Camp on Cache Mountain

Rate this Adventure Oregon Cache Mountain

Added by Aaron Selig

Panoramic views of the CascadesHaving a mountain all to yourselfEasy drive to the base and short hike to the topPerfect for a beginning winter camping trip

Cache Mountain offers amazing views of Mt Jefferson, 3 Fingered Jack, Mt Washington and the North and Middle Sisters. In the summer months, it is also known as one of the best single track mountain biking spots in Central Oregon. This is a great spot for a multi-day camping trip; set up camp and spend your days hiking, biking, or just relaxing and enjoying the surroundings.

In good weather, it's a short walk to the top (less than a mile) from where you parked your car at the end of the road. Even when the roads are bad enough to stop you from reaching the end, it is unlikely you'll need to hike more than a couple of miles. Park where you can and hike along the road until you reach the trail heading up the mountain. During the winter you'll probably want crampons or snowshoes depending on the recent weather.

One special thing about this place is how quickly the weather and sky can change; one minute the sky is a deep blue, the next you're covered in a thick blanket of fog, then back to blue skies before a dramatic, bright purple and red sunset. These changing and beautiful conditions are ideal for photographers, granting the ability to shoot a multitude of light settings in a short period of time.

Directions:
Take Highway 20 west out of Sisters. Drive about 20 minutes and turn left onto Geo McCallister Rd, which soon turns into old Santiam Wagon Trail's Toll Station road. Turn right onto NF-2067/Toll Station Rd and make a nearly immediate left at NF-800. Pass two turn offs on your right before making a sharp right turn onto an unnamed road. Ideally you would follow this all the way to the end of the road, but snowy conditions can make it it difficult to do so. Even with directions this place can be are hard to find so I would definitely consult a map and check in with the Sisters Ranger Station before heading out on your adventure.

Pack List

  • 4 season tent
  • Sleeping Bag (20 degree or below preferably)
  • Winter clothing
  • Extra layers
  • MSR stove
  • Mountain House Apple Crisp, it’s delicious!
  • Camera/Tripod
  • Headlamp
  • Snowshoes/Crampons
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Photography, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Winter

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

2 Miles

Features:

Forest
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

almost 2 years ago

Looks fun

almost 2 years ago

Added by Aaron Selig

More Adventures Nearby

Snowshoe or XC Ski to Tumalo Falls

Oregon / Tumalo Falls

If you are looking to Hike to Tumalo Falls in any season other than winter, click here!In the summer, Tumalo Falls can be a great destination to drive up and hang out due to the fact that you can par.

Austin Jackson
4 Saves

Raft the Wild and Scenic Clackamas River

Oregon / Clackamas River (NF-4620)

The Wild and Scenic Clackamas River above the North Fork Reservoir is a great destination for paddlers and only about an hour drive from downtown Portland. This popular 13.

John Sunich
6 Saves

Snowshoe Tom, Dick, and Harry

Oregon / Skibowl

Your day of adventure will start at the Skibowl West parking lot. Unfortunately, due to snowplowing, the roadside parking to the Mirror Lake trailhead is covered in snow.

Austin Jackson
20 Saves