Length: 3.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 688 feet
Type: Out & Back
trail starts at the White River Snow Park. There are lots of families enjoying the first 1/2 mile or so to about the ridge on the left (west). There is a large main parking lot and an annex parking lot a few hundred feet away. You have bushwhack a trail through the forest to the main parking lot, then pass through the gate.
The road is where most people are recreating on sleds, etc but the valley opens up on the right, though there was a creek running down the middle. About a 1/2 mile up the road gets really steep to access the ridge. Only snow shoers from this point onward. A lot of snow shoers continue below up the middle of the valley.
On the first recent hike, I stayed on the ridge the whole time. I did take a look at a possible crossing but decided against it. On the second hike, I started in the valley up the top but on the way down I found a suitable crossing onto the ridge.
|This is the view of Mt Hood from the ridge|
|This is about where I turned around.|
|Near the top of the trail|
|The valley about a 1mile from parking lot|