Snowshoe Pacific Crest Trail at White River West

White River West Sno-Park, Oregon

Details

Distance

3.4 miles

Elevation Gain

800 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Heather Henderson

Start with scenic views of Mt. Hood from the White River West parking lot. Then escape into a quiet forest of fir trees and hike up the ridge line.

Park at White River West Sno-Park. Walk to the north end of the parking lot. Start a very brief way up the White River Trail. After 100-200 feet, step off the main trail, to your left, and head into the woods for some solitude.

To get to the Pacific Crest Trail, look for the blue diamond trail markers nailed to the trees. You'll inevitably see snowshoe tracks of those who came before you. Briefly descend into a small gully leading to Mineral Creek. The only tricky part is stepping across the creek. It's not that wide but if you're a klutz, use hike poles for stability. After crossing, you'll find yourself in a grove of moss-covered hemlock and fir trees. Turn right at the Pacific Crest Trail and head up the ridge line.

You can continue to Trail #600 and loop back along the White River. Or hike back through the woods for a different view of the trees.

If the snow is packed down enough in late fall or early spring, you can sometimes hike with rugged boots or crampons. But don't attempt it after fresh snowfall.

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Features

Snowshoeing
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

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