Directions: Take Highway 26 to Government Camp Loop Road. Drive up the road a little over a quarter mile until you see the Thunderhead Trailhead on your left.
From the trailhead you start on Skiway Trail and soon fork left onto Maggie’s Trail. Stay on Maggie’s Trail and pass Lucy’s Trail. Next you will come to the Crosstown Trail, go left staying on the Crosstown Trail. Most of this area you will be heading downhill through lovely snow covered trees. We noticed a lot of rabbit tracks through here which was great.
Continuing on you will cross a small bridge and come to a sign that says Enid Lake. It’s pointing right, do NOT go right, go left and follow this trail a short distance where there will be a side trail off to your right. This short trail takes you right out to snow covered Enid Lake, on a clear day you’ll be able to see Mt. Hood peeking out behind the trees.
You can follow a trail around the small lake and head back out the way you came in.
This whole area has a fair amount of cross-country skiers and they can come flying around corners pretty quickly. Just be aware of that while you’re out on the trails.
Distance: 2.5 miles
Elevation: 200 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: $6 snow-park permit
Seasons: Late fall through winter
Overall: This is a very pretty snowshoe. There are a lot of intersecting trails which can be confusing if you don’t have a map.