Glacier View Sno-Park - Mt. Hood, OR

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While staying in Welches, Oregon, we decided to visit Mt. Hood and spend some time in the snow. Kevin had never seen snow, and snow on Mt. Hood is one of those things you just can’t pass up around Christmas time in Oregon. Something about the emerald green trees, gray fog, white peaked mountains and the white fluffy snow falling around you… is just incredibly enchanting and really makes it feel like Christmas is coming. Since Christmas happens to be my favorite holiday, I’m always up for anything that will bring on it’s cheery, magical spirit, so we headed out to Glacier View Sno-Park in Government Camp.

Of course, as soon as we let Kevin out of the car he bolted off in absolute pure joy of his discovery of this amazing, cold, edible, whiteness all around him. I’ve never seen him so happy! He was so excited to catch snow balls, dart in and out of the forest and run free in the snow. Honestly, I don’t think his sweater was necessary because the cold didn’t seem to bother him at all. He had a total blast and ate so much snow, I’m surprised he didn’t explode.

 
Kevin our yellow lab catching a snowball that he thinks is a delicious treat, in slow motion.
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The Glacier View Sno-Park seemed to be fairly well traveled from the amount of people we passed during our Saturday morning outing and the tracks in the snow. Yet being just over 30 minutes from Sandy, Oregon and across from Ski Bowl, I was surprised that there weren’t more people around. Most of our time walking the trails were spent alone. With a variety of them to choose from and many signs being covered with snow, I can’t be 100% sure which trail we took but I know that some are meant for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well as hiking. You should know that Sno-Park permits are required November 1st through April 30th.

The trail that we chose to hike was beautiful. It had huge trees of all different types, small frozen streams and even some ramps and rails for people who hike with their snowboards. The trail was easy to walk and the snow that covered the trails didn’t make it too difficult to distinguish where we should be walking but if you find that your not where you should be and you’ve been following some power lines for 10 minutes, don’t be worried, it’s a pretty common mistake apparently. We did it too, it’s easy to find your way back to the trail and continue on the right path, following the blue diamonds on the trees.

After our little hike, we went and had lunch at Glacier Haus Bistro in Goverment Camp. It was a delicious way to end the trip, with hot cocoa and beers and warm, delicious food. We highly recommend you visit the Glacier View Sno-Park and hike some of the trails while you’re out visiting the Portland or Mt. Hood area.