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 6.2-mile winter route connects two Sno-Parks and offers a great workout at the foot of Mount Hood.
From the trailhead at Pocket Creek Sno-Park, head southeast on Pocket Creek Trail—you’ll start off with a 0.4-mile descent toward the East Fork Hood River before turning right at the Y-junction onto Meadows Creek Trail. From here, you’ll glide along a narrow path that climbs steadily through the forest (follow the blue diamond blazes). After 1.3 miles, bear left at another Y-junction and listen closely: you may be able to hear the rushing of Clark Creek. The sounds of the creek get louder as you round the bend and near the Clark Creek bridge.
After crossing the bridge, the route climbs 0.7 mile to the Teacup Trail intersection. Bear right and head northwest to reach the end of the trail at the Teacup Trailhead. Turn around and follow the same route back to Pocket Creek Trailhead.
MORE INFO: Oregon Sno-Parks
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