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Portland, OR: Crosstown Trail (Winter Route)

Explore snow-draped forest near the foot of Mount Hood on this 6-mile out-and-back that follows Crosstown Trail past a snowy lake and numerous creek crossings.

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Swap your hiking boots for cross country skis and snowshoes during the winter months to take advantage of Oregon’s plethora of Sno-Parks (plowed parking areas near groomed and backcountry trails). This 6-mile out-and-back—located near the foot of Mount Hood—links two Sno-Parks and travels beneath a canopy of snow-draped trees.
From the Glacier View Sno-Park, roughly 1 mile west of Government Camp, follow the snowy Crosstown Trail east, passing two side trails to Enid Lake. After 0.7 mile, cross a creek on two successive foot bridges, then glide northeast through a white forest. After 1.6 miles, continue straight on Crosstown Trail at the junction. Less than a mile later, continue straight on Crosstown Trail at another junction. From here, it’s a 0.7-mile stretch to the turnaround point at Summit Sno-Park.
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To Trailhead

From Government Camp, drive west on US 26 for roughly 1 mile. Bear right onto a side road and go 0.2 mile to Glacier View Sno-Park.

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