A NATURAL HISTORY WRITER. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Damian Fagan is a freelance natural history writer and nature photographer who focuses on the flora and fauna of the American Southwest and the Pacific Northwest. Of course, this gives him a good excuse to go hiking...
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Snowshoe Trails at Swampy Sno Park
There are two snowshoe trails at the Swampy Sno Park outside of Bend, Oregon. The Porcupine Snowshoe Loop strikes out from the trailhead to the Swampy Shelter, while the other loop heads to the Nordeen Shelter. Both are excellent loops for beginners to intermediate snowshoers, although there is about 300 feet of elevation gain along the eastern return portion of the Porcupine Loop trail as one climbs up and then down Telemark Butte. The Nordeen Loop is relatively level with minimal elevation gain.
Snowshoe trail markers along the Porcupine Snowshoe Loop
The Nordeen Shelter, rebuilt in 2007, honors Emil Nordeen a Central Oregon ski pioneer. The Swampy Shelter, built in 1980, is a bit more rustic.
Listed mileages for the two loops are: Porcupine 4.0 miles round trip and Nordeen 5.25 miles round trip.
Don't forget your Oregon Sno Park permit for parking at this trailhead!