We recently traveled to the beautiful, wonderful and snowy Bend Oregon over Christmas Vacation. Given that Oregon is my home state and I am an avid hiker, I had a short list of things I wanted to see and do while in town. Those of you who follow the news know that Oregon has gotten more than their fare share of snow which made some of these places on my ‘list’ impossible to do.
Luckily, I was able to snag a spot at the base of Tumalo Mountain which happens to be right across from the Mt Bachelor Ski Resort. I dropped off my crew in the morning and waited out a spot and went!
Now, I haven’t snowshoed in quite some time but truth be told, there’s nothing to it. You just strap on your boots and go. I opt to not hike with poles because that would mean two less hands to hold my drink and my camera.
The scenery all the way up is stunning, so there is never a dull moment. Those who decide to go up the mountain know to dress warm and prepare for some stifling wind in the last mile or so. Thankfully, this is a hot spot for cross country skiing as well, so the trail is extremely well groomed even after a fresh dump of snow.
The view from the top is absolutely stunning, especially on a bluebird day.