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Snowshoe Routes: Oregon
by Shea Andersen (The Mountaineers Books)
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Great trail, although the parking is a little scary with semis whizzing by. Very well maintained and easy to follow all the way up to the lake and around. Don't let the "easy" rating lead you to believe you won't be breaking a significant sweat as you work your way up the switchbacks. The reported 700 foot climb feels considerably longer but it's worth the trip.
Very nice trail, quite well packed by the time we arrived in the afternoon. We saw several people without snowshoes, but it would have been a slippery hike. The trail is well graded with switchbacks on the way up, just enough to get your blood pumping. Keep your eyes peeled, because there are a couple of magnificent views of Mt. Hood from both spots on the trail and the lake.
A great snowshoe trail will awesome views from the south side of Mirror Lake (of hood). The parking lot can be sketchy as it fills up fast and is very close (like 10 ft) from hwy 26
The day I was here the trail was so well packed we didn't need snowshoes to get to the lake, but it was beautiful! Above the lake we needed them and had a blast exploring the hills above the bowl. Backcountry skiers and snowboarders had carved a few trails here which we used to scale the sides of the bowl to the west of the lake. The views are fantastic!
This trail was great, but more difficult than the "easy" rating it had been given. The trail was very narrow, and at times dissapeared completely. The day I was there it was very windy and may have caused some of the new snow to blow over the trail. It provided a great, and very strenuous workout!
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