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Oregon Wild Announces Series of Winter Snowshoe Outings

Popular hiking series returns with Portland and Eugene area excursions

See Oregon's natural gems like you never have before - covered in a blanket of snow and surrounded by winter solitude.

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Portland, Ore Dec 14, 2011

The conservation group Oregon Wild announced today the return of its wildly popular winter snowshoe hike series. Experienced staff and volunteers will lead seven trips out onto the snowy trails of Oregon’s forests. Five of the hikes will depart from the Portland/Salem area and two from Eugene. The snowshoe hike schedule is part of a larger, year-long hike series put on by Oregon Wild in an effort to help Oregonians experience their public lands.

“If you’ve never been snowshoeing before you’ve got to try it,” said Sean Stevens, who will lead a snowshoe trip to Salmon River Meadows in the Mount Hood National Forest this year. “Seeing the forest blanketed in snow is a beautiful and tranquil experience that all Oregonians should get to have.”

All hikes are free with a suggested donation to help Oregon Wild continue to provide high-quality, guided hikes into Oregon's spectacular wildlands. Donations help offset the costs of our hikes program and ensure Oregonians can continue to explore and enjoy the state’s natural heritage.

This year’s snowshoe outings are filling up fast and include:
(All outings are subject to location change or cancellation due to weather conditions)

  • White River Snowshoe Hike – Saturday, Jan. 7 (Carpools depart from Portland)
    Remember to watch your step because the view up the White River Canyon will have you mesmerized on this snowshoe trip up the south side of Mount Hood.
  • Westview Loop Snowshoe Hike – Thursday, Jan. 12 (Carpools depart from Eugene)
    Explore the forested hills near the Gold Lake Sno-Park and take in views of Odell Lake on this mid-week snowshoe hike.
  • Twin Lakes Snowshoe Hike – Saturday, Jan. 14 (Carpools depart from Portland)
    Start the new year off in the mountains with a beginner snowshoe trip along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
  • Mirror Lake Snowshoe Hike – Thursday, Jan. 19 (Carpools depart from Portland)
    They call it Mirror Lake, but you won't be able to see your reflection this time of year. Hop into some snowshoes and make your way to some of the best views of Mt. Hood. This popular hike is both easy on the lungs and easy on the eyes.
  • Twin Lakes Snowshoe Hike #2 – Saturday, Jan. 21 (Carpools depart from Portland)
    Start the new year off in the mountains with a beginner snowshoe trip along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. This is the second Twin Lakes trip of the 2012 season.
  • Marilyn Lakes Snowshoe Hike – Saturday, Jan. 28 (Carpools depart from Eugene)
    Slide past frozen lakes and amble through snowy forests on this moderately rated snowshoe trek.
  • Salmon River Meadows Snowshoe Hike – Saturday, Jan. 28 (Carpools depart from Portland)
    Search for animal tracks amidst the last remaining low elevation meadow habitat in the Mount Hood area.

Snowshoes are not provided. Rentals in Portland can be made at REI at 1405 NW Johnson St, 503.221.1938 and at Oregon Mountain Community at 2975 NE Sandy Blvd, 503.227.1038. Rentals in Eugene can be made at Berg's at 367 W. 13th Ave, 800.800.1953 and at REI at 306 Lawrence St, 541.465.1800.

Sign up for your snowshoe outing at www.oregonwild.org.

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