The Mazamas offers a variety of classes for all ability levels. Learn new skills in mountaineering, rock climbing, first aid, ski mountaineering, and more.
Bennett Pass is a good early-season destination for Nordic skiing due to the (relatively) high starting elevation of about 4700 ft. As of 12/20/18, USFS reports 18" of snow. This is a mixed-use trail with light traffic, mostly skiers and snowshoers, snowmobiles are allowed but rare. Excellent views of Mt Hood and Mt Jefferson are possible depending on conditions. Intermediate nordic skills are recommended. Most of the trail (forest service road 3550) is fairly level, but there are some steep drop offs, notably the Terrible Traverse.
8am sharp departure from Gateway (please arrive by 7:45am) should put us on the trail by 9:30 or 10am at the latest. I'll set a turnaround time with the intention of being back to the trailhead by 3pm, returning to Portland by approximately 4:30pm. My pace is moderate but steady. Total distance will depend on conditions and group preference.
I plan to drive and can accommodate 3 passengers with gear. If you can drive, please email me when you sign up, and let me know how many passengers you can bring. Sno-park pass required.