Klamath County is wide open for winter! Two kinds of weather reign supreme here in winter: snow and crisp cool sunshine. Simple pleasures include sledding and the inevitable snowball fight. For the snow enthusiasts there are numerous snowmobiling and cross country ski trails for all who enjoy downhill skiing.
Lane Lindstrom recently wrote in SnoWest Magazine that Klamath County "May be Oregon's best-kept snowmobiling secret - maybe even the Pacific Northwest's". Klamath County has all the necessities for great snowmobiling - snow, back-country riding, over 400 miles of groomed and ungroomed trails. For snowmobile rentals, go here. For other snow related equipment rentals, go here.
Where to find snow
At 8,036 ft., this peak dominates over Klamath County. There is a trail from the base to the top allowing for great climbing, boondocking, winding through the trees and leisurely riding. From the summit, no matter which direction you look, you'll have spectacular scenery: Crater Lake National Park, Upper Klamath Lake, Chiloquin Ridge, Mountain Lakes Wilderness, Lake of the Woods, Mt. McLaughlin and Mt. Shasta. The powder can be deep and challenging. It's definitely worth the climb!
Bring your skis and ride the slopes of Brown Mountain. At 7,311 ft. you'll also have awe-inspiring views of the Sky Lakes Wilderness and Mountain Lakes Wilderness areas. You'll enjoy this fun ride on a volcano, but watch out for "hot spots". Steam vents from inside the mountain leave areas where there's no snow. Very interesting!
Walt Haring Sno-Park
Known for the Chemult Sled Dog Races, Walt Haring offers multiple snowmobile and Nordic ski trails. Sitting on the eastern edge of the Cascades, the trails serve up cold, powdery snow.
Crater Lake National Park
Enjoy a ranger-led snowshoe hike, cross-country skiing, snowboarding or sledding in Oregon's Only National Park. The pristine snow is a sight to behold. No matter which activity you choose to participate in, be sure to follow one of the many marked trails. Snowshoeing is allowed most everywhere except inside the caldera and rentals are available at the Rim Village Gift Shop, however rentals are not required for ranger-guided walks, during which snowshoes are provided free of charge. The park features a wide variety of marked and unmarked routes for cross-country skiers. The trails are not groomed and it is best to ask the Steel Visitor Center for recommendations. Snowboarding is allowed, however snowboarders should be experienced in avalanche safety and winter back-country travel. While there are no designated sled hill or snow-play areas in the park, there are many opportunities for sledding in many places.
Annie Creek Sno-Park
Annie Creek offers more than the average Sno-Park. After a day of snowmobiling or sledding, warm yourself in an attractive log-style warming shelter with a wood stove and benches open year round
Great Meadows Sno-Park
You can find over 165 miles of groomed trail for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing at the Great Meadows Sno-Park.
Quartz Mountain Sno-Park
Sitting in a mountainous setting with abundant pine trees, Quartz Mountain Sno-Park becomes a winter wonderland once the snow falls. Snowmobile trails are maintained December through March.
Willamette Pass Ski Resort
Willamette Pass Ski Resort offers skiers and snowboarders a variety of runs from mid-November through March. Seven lifts including the states only high-speed ski passenger lift will take you to 360 degrees of alpine adventure. Ski and board to your heart's content with Twilight and Night Skiing available. While a downhill ski resort, for those who prefer sledding, the Nordic/Tubing Center is located at the west end of the main parking lot. Tubes and towing provided.