White River West - Government Camp, OR
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dkestrel
N 45° 18.235 W 121° 40.431
10T E 603966 N 5017567
Quick Description: White River Snowpark, located about 6 miles north of Government Camp on Hwy 35 is a winner!
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 1/2/2014 10:24:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMJVEB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member az_pistolero
Views: 7

Long Description:
While many great areas exist for sledding, hiking and/or snowshoeing in winter, this is one of the best. On a clear day, you’ll get one of the best views of Mt. Hood, which adds to the allure of the area. There are plenty of parking spaces and even bathrooms, so your little ones won’t have to go off into the woods. Most likely, you’ll have plenty of snow. Although all of these elements provide a nice environment for sledding, the access (minutes walking from the car) and terrain (something for everyone) make White River the ideal spot for your next wintertime adventure.

You’ll hike in on a mellow ridge crest that provides a nice slope for everything from toddlers who want a very casual outing to slightly more adventurous terrain for older kids and adults. The ridge is long and even though crowded on busy days, there is plenty of room for everyone. If you want your own run, it’s likely you can find the space. If you’ve brought older kids, hike in a bit more (10 – 15) minutes, and you’ll see a giant hill for more aggressive thrill-seekers.

Although very obvious, avoid sledding on the north (right-side when walking in) side of the ridge. There is a stream below, and you wouldn’t want to get swept into it. This Sno-Park is one of the busiest on Mt. Hood. If it’s a weekend, expect delays, especially if it’s a holiday, they’ve just received a lot of fresh snow, and/or it’s a sunny day.

The parking lot is huge, but be prepared with a backup plan if you can’t get a space.

This is also a great place to bring the family dog! Due to high traffic and the sheer amount of dogs, it’s a good idea to bring a leash.

You’ll need a Sno-Park Pass, available at many spots along the way here.
Fee Area?: No

Average Run Length (feet): 100

Parking Area Location: Not Listed

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