***THIS HIKE IS CONTINGENT ON GOOD SNOW LEVELS AND WEATHER CONDITIONS***
Do you and your dog love to play in the snow? Join us for a snowshoeing adventure around Trillium Lake on Mt. Hood. This loop trail is one of the most beautiful winter hikes in all of Oregon, with spectacular views of the mountain above the frozen lake.
The hike will start at 10 am from the Trillium Lake Sno-Park, and will follow the 4.4 mile loop around the Lake and through the campgrounds. Please note: leave the Portland metro area early enough to arrive on time.
Snowshoes can be rented from Mountain Sports in Welches (68200 US-26, Welches, OR 97067) on the way up for $15. I recommend sled-dog wax, Musher's Secret, for your dog's paws (Amazon.com, $20). Additionally, my dog has a snow-coat and booties from Ruffwear.
If you are interested in carpooling to this Adventure Hike, please comment and start a discussion.
Bring fresh water for drinking. Be aware that camelbak-style hoses can freeze through in cold temperatures.
This trail is quite popular for cross-country skiers and snowshoe-ers, please keep leashes handy.
Sno-Park permits are REQUIRED. They are $27 for the season, or $5 for the day, and are available at most mountain shops on the way up to the trailhead.
Chains or traction tires are REQUIRED this time of year on the mountain. Road conditions can be hazardous, and can change very rapidly. Be prepared.
Bring some warm, comfy clothes to change into for the ride back to town. We may stop for food together at the Barlow Trail Roadhouse (69580 US-26, Welches, OR 97067) on the way back down.
Our Adventure Hikes are fun, social hikes with our dogs across Northwest Oregon, from stunning Cannon Beach to the Scenic Columbia River Gorge and up into the woods of the Coastal and Cascade mountain ranges. These hikes are 10 or more miles, and are scheduled the third Saturday of every other month.
Who is welcome? While everyone, and every dog is welcome, participants should be healthy and in good physical shape (this includes your dog).
Are these hikes off-leash? The leash policy will be addressed on a hike-by-hike basis. Check the description for leash requirements at each hike. However, group leash rules will generally be relaxed, in accordance with local regulations. Owners MUST still keep a leash available at all times for the safety the dogs.
My dog is still learning some commands, can she come? Dogs who attend Adventure Hikes should be socialized, with good response to verbal commands. They MUST be able to "come" when called.
Adventure Hikes may allow for numerous off-leash moments, and a startled dog may bolt away from the group. It is also important that we are good stewards with our pets on our hikes and walks. We will encounter many other hikers and unforeseeable situations where your dog needs to be under control.
What kinds of dogs come? All kinds of dogs and people enjoy hiking, but Adventure Hikes are for high-energy, on-the-go adventurers. Dogs and their humans should be healthy, and in good physical shape. These hikes may have steep terrain, long distances, or other, more challenging aspects.
Do I need to bring anything special? BE PREPARED. Always pack a small daypack with essential gear when hiking. Include supplies for your dog.
-Weather appropriate gear
-Change of socks
-First aid kit