Yellowjacket Trail

Government Camp, Oregon

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It seems that almost as long as snowshoers have laid their webs to Oregon’s snow, the Yellowjacket Trail has been considered a winter classic. Because of the terrain it crosses, this tour is considered demanding by cross-country skiers, but many of the skiers’ concerns don’t apply to snowshoers. Primarily, cross-country skiers worry about getting their spaghetti-noodle skis down steep hills, while snowshoers simply motor down them. The Yellowjacket Trail is indeed long and a little steep at times, but it’s a great place for snowshoers to test their mettle and see some beautiful Mount Hood scenery along the way.
Snowshoe Routes: Oregon

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by Shea Andersen (The Mountaineers Books)

It seems that almost as long as snowshoers have laid their webs to Oregon’s snow, the Yellowjacket Trail has been considered a winter classic. Because of the terrain it crosses, this tour is considered demanding by cross-country skiers, but many of the skiers’ concerns don’t apply to snowshoers.

Primarily, cross-country skiers worry about getting their spaghetti-noodle skis down steep hills, while snowshoers simply motor down them. The Yellowjacket Trail is indeed long and a little steep at times, but it’s a great place for snowshoers to test their mettle and see some beautiful Mount Hood scenery along the way.

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Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Government Camp
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: December through March
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 4,800 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Hood National Forest, Zigzag Ranger Station
Local Maps: Green Trails 462, Mount Hood; USGS Mount Hood South; USFS Mount Hood National Forest; Mark Wigg, Mount Hood Ski Trails
Driving Directions: Directions to Yellowjacket Trail

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May 2018