With its plethora of scenic trails and quiet, peaceful forests, Bend is the perfect place to experience a wintertime journey through the snow on snowshoes. Visitors from around eight years old and up with a wide range of skill levels can take part in this rejuvenating activity and enjoy the picturesque sights that come with it. Read on below to find out more about snowshoeing in Bend!
Trek Through Bend’s Majestic Winter Woodlands
Located just outside of Bend, Deschutes National Forest is one of the ultimate snowshoeing locales in the state. Local snowshoe tour providers like Wanderlust Tours specialize in taking small groups of snowshoers out into Deschutes National Forest by way of Century Drive, providing historical insight into snowshoeing, plants and animals, and the lifestyles of Native Americans and Europeans who once lived in the area.
Beyond the forest itself, there are a number of sno-parks located along Century Drive that also have extensive trails for Bend Oregon snowshoeing. These parks include Swampy Lakes, Vista Butte, Virginia Meissner, Edison Butte, and Skyliner. Skyliner Sno-Park is home to the Tumalo Falls Ski and Snowshoe Trail, where snowshoers can take in stunning natural views and can even take their dogs with them on the ungroomed trails. Swampy Lakes does not allow dogs, but has ideal snow conditions for snowshoeing due to its higher elevation. Advanced snowshoers will enjoy Vista Butte Sno-Park and Virginia Meissner Sno-Park, while beginners and intermediate snowshoers should try out Swampy Lakes, Edison Butte, and Skyliner.
A note: while Wanderlust Tours recommends a minimum age of eight years for snowshoers, it will ultimately fall on the parent to decide whether their child is ready for a snowshoeing Bend Oregon adventure or not.
Additionally, snowshoeing can be quite arduous for people of all ages, depending on the conditions of the trail and the type of snowshoeing gear that you have. Keep these details in mind as you select your equipment rentals and purchases from places like Pine Mountain Sports, REI, Powder House, Gear Fix, and Mountain Supply.
Finally, one of the most important rules of snowshoeing (especially in an area well-known for Nordic skiing): do not walk on the Nordic skiing tracks, as doing so will ruin the trail for Nordic skiers unnecessarily.
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