Skiway & Wally’s Trail #755 A/B

Trail Highlights

This trail starts right in Government Camp and visitors staying there can start right out their door. It connects with Crosstown Trail and Glade Trail so route options are expanded. There are views of Mt Hood and Ski Bowl. Skiway Trail is named for the old Skiway ski lift that went from Thunderhead Lodge to Timberline Lodge in the early 1950’s. The trail is parallel to the lower section of this old ski lift.

Trail Description

Skiway’s wide clearing is advantageous for skiing and snowshoeing. It has a few steep pitches that push it into that “most difficult” rating for cross-country skiers and mountain bikers. These steeper pitches can have loose rock also. On the other hand, Wally’s is also wide so that the winter snows collect more easily, but it is at an easier grade. A short loop can be made when combining Skiway with Crosstown Trail and Wally’s.

Regulations & Leave No Trace Information

There are no unique trail regulations on these trails other than the uses that are allowed.

Leave No Trace Principles:
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare – Be Considerate of Other Visitors.
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces – Leave What You Find.
  • Dispose of Waste Properly – Minimize Campfire Impacts.
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Skiers and snowshoers – General etiquette in winter has skiers pioneer in their own “ski track” and snowshoers pioneer in their own “snowshoe track”. The trails in this area are wide and can accommodate this easily. Don’t travel in each other’s track.

Directions to Trailhead

Take Hwy 26 to Government Camp and take the western entrance into Government Camp Loop Road (north side of hwy) and go 0.3 mile to Thunderhead Lodge. You will see the Skiway Trailhead sign just east of here. There is plenty of parking along the “Loop road”. Please don’t park in the Thunderhead parking lot.

 

For more information, visit:

Wally’s Trail #755 A

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/null/recarea/?recid=77751&actid=24

Skiways Trail #755 B< http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/recreation/wintersports/recarea/?recid=53482&actid=91


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Northwest Forest Pass Not required
Snopark Pass Required November 15-April 30
Distance Skiway 0.8 mile, Wally's 0.25 mile
Elevation Skiway 3800' - 4050'
Snow Free May to Early November
Difficulty Skiway - Most Difficult, Wally's - Easier
Uses Hikers, Bikers,Snowshoers, XC Skiers