Best Cross-Country Skiing in Oregon

This list represents the most popular cross-country skiing in Oregon. Use this list to plan your next Oregon cross-country skiing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Trillium Lake Basin


Trillium Lake Basin, easily reached from Portland, is Mount Hood’s most well-known cross-country ski destination. A stunning view of Mount Hood from Trillium Lake Dam highlights any tour in the basin.…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Government Camp, OR - Cross-Country Skiing - 12 miles BestCross-Country Skiing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#2. Bagby Hot Springs


A well-known backcountry soaking site nestled in a grove of old-growth cedar and Douglas fir. Hand-hewn log bathtubs and circular cedar group tubs filled with steaming hot water attract diverse crowds…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
Estacada, OR - Cross-Country Skiing, Scenic Drives - 3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Pocket Creek


A mix of beginner and intermediate trails contribute to Pocket Creek’s popularity. Magnificent Mount Hood views that can be reached with minimal effort add to the allure. Options include out-and-back…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Hood River, OR - Cross-Country Skiing - 10 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#4. Banks-Vernonia State Trail


The Banks-Vernonia Trail stretches through the hills east of the Coast Mountains. It’s 35 miles west of Portland, and 52 miles east of the coastal town of Seaside. Both trail endpoints—at Banks and at…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Banks, OR - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 21 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. OC&E–Woods Line State Trail by Klamath Rails-to-Trails Group


Explore the 98-mile OC&E–Woods Line State Trail for its solitude and panoramic views. Walkers, joggers, cyclists, equestrians, skateboarders, and other nonmotorized travelers have one thing in common…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Washington & Oregon"
Klamath Falls, OR - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running - 98 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Teacup Lake


The trails at Teacup Lake are an excellent example of what volunteers can do. The Teacup Lake chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club developed and maintains 20 kilometers of groomed trails at what has beco…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Government Camp, OR - Cross-Country Skiing - 5.6 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#7. Cooper Spur


Cross-country trails near the Cooper Spur Ski Area on the northeast side of Mount Hood are appreciated for generally clear weather and views of Mount Hood’s north side. Well-known tours from the Tilly…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Hood River, OR - Cross-Country Skiing - 14 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#8. Badger Creek Wilderness Area Trails


This 24,000-acre wilderness, just east of OR 35 south of Hood River, provides outstanding views of its nationally famous neighbor, Mount Hood. But it’s not just Hood that is visible from the aptly nam…
From the guidebook "Oregon's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide"
Portland, OR - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 13.25 miles
Published by Westcliffe Publishers

#9. Mount Hood Wilderness Area Trails


Given its overall majestic appearance, combined with good year-round access from Portland, Oregon’s largest city, it’s not surprising that this is one of the most popular wilderness areas in Oregon. T…
From the guidebook "Oregon's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide"
Portland, OR - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 50.8 miles
Published by Westcliffe Publishers

#10. Spout Springs


The Spout Springs Ski Area in the Blue Mountains northeast of Pendleton has a rich history of cross-country skiing. Unfortunately, hard times hit this ski resort in the 1990s. Wind-storm damage closed…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Tollgate, OR - Cross-Country Skiing - 4.5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#11. Diamond Peak Wilderness Area Trails


An 8,744-foot cascade volcano, Diamond Peak dominates this wilderness, although four other mountains here rise above 7,000 feet. The peak is surrounded by several sizable glacial lakes like Crescent,…
From the guidebook "Oregon's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide"
Bend, OR - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 40.8 miles
Published by Westcliffe Publishers

#12. Odell Lake


Odell Lake Lodge is Oregon’s only winter resort catering almost exclusively to cross-country skiers. Sunshine, spectacular lake views just out the door, a restaurant noted for excellent food, and a co…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Eugene, OR - Cross-Country Skiing - 6 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. Government Camp


Fifty miles southeast of Portland, Government Camp packs restaurants, lodging, shops, mountain views, and a network of ungroomed ski trails into a small area. Some trails are within walking distance o…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Government Camp, OR - Cross-Country Skiing - 3.5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#14. Elk Lake


The Cascade Lakes Highway runs south and west from Bend through the Deschutes National Forest, passing a dozen alpine lakes. In winter, the highway is closed at Dutchman Flat near Mount Bachelor Ski A…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Bend, OR - Cross-Country Skiing - 22 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#15. Dutchman Flat


Dutchman Flat, in the high Cascades southwest of Bend, offers eye-popping views of Mount Bachelor, the Three Sisters, and Broken Top. Skiers from around the state come for the mix of marked ski trails…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Bend, OR - Cross-Country Skiing - 6.5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#16. Hoodoo


Groomed Nordic trails at Hoodoo Ski Area are a good option for Willamette Valley skiers reluctant to make the long drive to better-known ski areas. Hoodoo Ski Area’s two trail systems are separated by…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Sisters, OR - Cross-Country Skiing - 5 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#17. Ray Benson


Twelve miles of ungroomed ski trails create a variety of loops east of Ray Benson Sno-Park, which is just south of Santiam Pass. The trails are popular and a ski track is usually broken. They are most…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Sisters, OR - Cross-Country Skiing - 9.7 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#18. Billy Bob


The open forests east of Mount Hood lie in the mountain’s rain shadow and often experience clear weather even when rain clouds shroud the mountain. Cross-country skiers are discovering an area in th…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Dufur, OR - Cross-Country Skiing - 8 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#19. Umpqua Hot Springs


A series of soaking pools atop a 100-foot terrace that overlooks the North Umpqua River. Few hot springs in the Pacific Northwest are as scenic as Umpqua. Over thousands of years the mineral water on…
From the guidebook "Touring Hot Springs Washington and Oregon"
Roseburg, OR - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Scenic Drives, Snowshoeing - 0.6 mile
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Grouse Gap


Mount Ashland, Oregon’s highest peak west of the Cascades, sits in the eastern Siskiyou Mountains, 4 miles north of the California border. The Siskiyou Crest across Ashland’s summit divides two nation…
From the guidebook "Best Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails in Oregon"
Ashland, OR - Cross-Country Skiing - 6.7 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books