Well, Cross Country and Snow Shoeing is such good fun and exercise. We had a little adventure last time finding a new place. Let's try another one. This one is up on Mt. Hood and is called Pocket Creek. Looks good, let's give it a try! meet at gateway transit center at 8AM by the elevators SE corner of 2 story parking garage to carpool we will leave at 8:10 AM. and go hit the mountain. If you ride with someone please offer at least $5-10 to pitch in for gas. Let's carpool and save money and the environment. It might be getting slushy so early is better. Rent you own gear at the Mountain Shop or Next Adventure the day before. Bring sunscreen, bag lunch, water and camp chair for parking lot. Please be early or on time, especially if you need a ride. If you can drive please state that in your RSVP and about how many people you think you can take. Our last trip was sunny and nice! Let's go again and hit Hood River Double Mountain Brewery on the way home for dinner and some beers. Eric[masked] If you have a NW Winter Parks Pass bring it and share for the drivers. Daily Parking Pass is $5 our season $25. Since Pocket Creek didn't have a bathroom or hut i was going to move the event to Tea Cup, but Tea Cup is not Snow Shoe friendly. So Pocket Creek it is, use bathroom before you go, or go in the woods.
Pocket Creek Trailhead Snowpark
Area Status: Open
Pocket Creek Snowpark is Open!
At a Glance
Current Conditions:As of 03/15/2013, 10 inches of snow.No new snow.Permit Info:A current snowpark pass is required!
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.
From Gov't Camp follow Hwy 35 for 12 miles two miles past Tea Cup. Let's try a new one!