Winter is upon us in Sunriver and that means plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and snow worshipping. Many of our guests come for the excellent riding conditions and miles of terrain at Mt. Bachelor, which celebrates 60 years this winter. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, you can tackle a variety of winter sports when visiting Sunriver including snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. We review a few of the best places to walk in a winter wonderland with your snowshoes and include several tour companies as well.
DIY Snowshoe Destinations Near Sunriver
Tumalo Falls Ski + Snowshoe Trail
This dog-friendly snowshoe trail ends with an incredible view of Tumalo Falls with the option to extend your trip out further to Tumalo Creek. Tumalo Falls may be one of the Bend’s most visited destinations and for good reasons. From the parking lot, hike 2.5 miles along Tumalo Falls Road, which is filled with 30-year-old Ponderosa Pines. For a less trafficked hike, park at Skyliner Sno-Park and hike up to the 89-foot waterfall by following a smaller trail on the south side of Tumalo Creek.
Swampy Lakes, Porcupine Snowshoe Loop
Swampy Lakes typically has been known for cross-country skiing, however, the Porcupine Loop is an exclusive path for snowshoer who want to enjoy the warming shelters and calm of Swampy Lakes. This loop is approximately 4 miles long and wanders through a thin forest before opening up to stunning views as the trail winds around Swampy Lakes. Be aware that Swampy Lakes is not dog-friendly, so your pup will have to sit this one out if you opt to go to Swampy.
Paulina Creek & Falls Loop Trail
You can usually find snowmobilers cruising around Paulina Falls, but the area also attracts snowshoer for the beautiful waterfalls and blue sky days. Enjoy views of Paulina Lake, Paulina Creek and Paulina Falls as you hike along the loop trail. If you get hungry on the trail, be sure to stop at Paulina Lake Resort for a bite. Be aware that roads to the caldera are only maintained as far at Ten Mile Sno-Park, so access to the falls and trails need to be reached via ski, snowshoe or snowmobile.
Virginia Meissner Sno-Park
You’ll find Virginia Meissner Sno-Park on the Cascade Lake Highway at milepost 14, just west of Bend. This popular sno-park is a favorite of cross-country skiers, but there are snowshoe trails that lead out for most experienced snowshoers. Virginia Meissner has a popular warming hut that you can enjoy can in hot cocoa to enjoy around the fire.
Sunriver and Bend Snowshoe Tours
Wanderlust Tours offers a variety of guided snowshoe tours. Tours depart from their office in Bend daily at 9am and 1:30pm. A naturalist guides participants through a winter wonderland pointing out animal tracks and providing information on the natural flora and fauna found in the Deschutes National Forest. Tours take place in the wilderness surrounding Mt. Bachelor. This is a great tour for those new to snowshoeing as all tours include instruction. Wanderlust Tours provides the guide, snowshoes, hot cocoa, transportation and naturalist interpretation.
Wanderlust also offers moonlight and starlight snowshoe tours for a truly incredible experience. Snowshoe by the light of the moon and then enjoy hot cocoa with marshmallows at the end of the tour. Upcoming dates include:
- January 18, 19, 20
- February 16, 17
- March 21
- April 19, 20 (weather dependent)
Explore the natural beauty of Central Oregon as you walk through a magical winter wonderland. Reach out to Wanderlust Tours directly to book your tour. If you plan on venturing out without a guide, snowshoe rentals are available in Sunriver at a variety of retailers including Sunriver Sports, Village Bike and Ski and 4 Seasons Recreational Outfitters.
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