Snow Shoeing

Intro:

Snow-Shoeing is a favorite past time here at the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Park.  As soon as the snow comes the snow-shoe trails appear to show up on their own!


This page has been set up to keep you updated on the latest and greatest on the trails.  Check in for maps of the trails, snow conditions, photos, and safety information.  The posts on this page will be displayed in order starting with the most recent.  So keep scrolling down and enjoy your hike!

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January 10, 2013

Updated Snowshoe Trail Map

Are you thinking about hitting the trails this weekend?  Is it you’re first time? Not familiar with the park?  Well check out our “Snowshoe Trail” map!

Park staff and local snowshoers have started punching trails through out the park.  The map reflects the trails currently most used and visible.  Currently these trails go over most of the parks established trail system.  Be advised that conditions of visibility of the trails and change unexpectedly due to weather conditions.  We try to keep the trail map update as much as possible.

January 11, 2013 Trail Map

January 11, 2013 Trail Map

                                                                 

January 10, 2013

Have YOU Ever Seen a Beaver on Snowshoes?

Neither had we until Mark Luker, Friends Board member and avid snowshoer, caught this rare sight on camera! Check it out:

Doesn’t that just make you want to grab your snowshoes and come explore the park!

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December 10, 2012

Not Quite Yet

Old  Man Winter is teasing us again this year.  We did get some snow this weekend, up to 6″ in some areas.  It was perfect timing for the Christmas Festivities in Sumpter but still not quite enough for some good winter activities.

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While it’s not enough to pull out the snow shoes or Snow mobile, it’s not too deep for walking through…you just might need to “chain-up”.  That’s right, time to break-out the “Shoe-Chains”.

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Foot Chains! This particular model glows in the dark.

Always keep safety in mind.  You never know what’s hidden under the snow and slush.  One minute you’re walking along nicely, enjoying the scenery and the next you could be on your back!

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No more slips.

So, until you can strap on the snowshoes, consider getting a pair of these or similar device for your safety as you enjoy the snow.

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November 16, 2012

How This Works

With only a couple of inches of snow, conditions aren’t quite right for pulling out the “shoes” yet, but it doesn’t mean we can’t start gearing up.   If snow-shoeing is in your plans for you winter visit to Sumpter keep reading for some tips to prepare.

Always first and foremost, keep safety in mind.

  • Dress warm: Layers are best because you don’t want to get too hot while you’re hiking but you also want to stay warm when the temperature drops.
  • Plan your trip and familiarize yourself with the area: What is the difficulty level, is there cell service, if you are hurt on the trail is there a way to get help, are there pre-made trails, etc.
  • Stay on the trail.  The snow hides many treasures but also many dangers.  Drop-offs, ponds, and other things unseen can be a hazard to your health.
  • Be wary of river crossing.  Crossing the river might look tempting if it is iced over, but looks can be deceiving.  The depth of the ice might look thick closer to the bank, but be thin in the middle.  If you don’t know, then don’t go!
  • Know the weather.  Storms or temperature changes can come in quickly.  You don’t want to be caught away from your fire when that happens.
  • Keep an abundant supply of hot chocolate.  This is especially important!

We will keep an updated map of trails on this page for when you plan.  The trails will be marked in blue, but since fresh snow or hazards can change how the trail goes through the park this map may be subject to change regularly so keep checking back for the latest maps.

Example of a snow-shoe trail map (without the snow-shoe trails marked)

For more information about snow-shoeing in Sumpter, check out the Snow-Shoe Club’s website at:  http://sumpteroregon.wordpress.com/snowmobile/snowshoe/

See you out on the trails!

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