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TRAIL ETIQUETTE FOR SKIJORING

Most cross country ski trails do not allow dogs. Most skiing is done away from groomed trails or on snowmobile trails that allow dogs. Wherever you skijor watch out for others. Exercise common sense, and be polite. Don't allow your dog to run loose around other people.

Always clean up after your dog defecates in high traffic or public areas and try to keep your male dog from marking the trail.

Be patient with your dog. Do not yell or hit your dog (it is unnecessary and counterproductive).

Be aware of dog closure areas at certain Sno-Parks and abide by the rules.

Train your dog to run on the right side of the trail or be able to move over to the right if other trail users approach. If you encounter a dog team on the trail, move off the trail and stop, putting yourself between your dog and the oncoming team. Wait until there is some distance between you and the team before continuing.

Have reflective tape sewn onto the dog harness and your clothing, and wear a headlamp if you plan to skijor at night.

AREAS CLOSED TO DOGS

Dogs are prohibited in congested winter recreation areas and trails north of Cascade lakes Highway including Dutchman Flat, Todd Lake, Big Meadow, Tumalo Mt, Swampy lakes, Miessner and Vista Butte. With a permit, controlled working dogs in harness are allowed on groomed snowmobile trails only. Trails which may be used include all snowmobile trails (orange diamonds) north of Cascade lakes Highway from just south and east of Todd lake to the snowmobile underpass just east of Vista Butte snopark. Free permits may be obtained from the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District office, Mountain Supply in Bend, or Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center.

Dog drivers must keep dogs under physical control at all times. While on trails, dogs must be in harness and attached to a sled or a skijorer. Avoid collisions and conflicts with other users of the area. Remove dog waste from snopark areas.

AREAS OPEN TO DOGS

The area and trails south of Cascade lakes Highway (except for Mt.Bachelor Ski Resort slopes and trails). This includes Edison and Wanoga snoparks and trail systems. Also, Skyliner snopark and trail system are open to dogs. Permits are not required in these open areas but dogs should be either physically restrained or under verbal control at all times.

For further information please call the Bend-Ft. Rock Ranger District at (541) 388-5664.

dog closure areas


Central Oregon Skijoring Trails

With the hope of keeping things fun and fresh for your dogs and yourselves, the following is a summary of a some of the areas available for training and recreational skijoring close to home. With the exception of Dutchman Flat where specific dog regulations apply, the remainder of areas described in this listing do not restrict dogs. See Dutchman Flat listing for details.

Volunteers from the Snowmobile Clubs groom all major snowmobile roads once or twice each week depending on conditions. Heavily used trails are given priority and are groomed more frequently.

There is some good information regarding trails and regulations on the Internet at the Deschutes National Forest site under "winter recreation" and many of the maps listed below can be printed from there. The following maps correspond with this summary.

  • Moon Countrv & Sisters Sno-Go-Fers Snowmobile Club Man (hereafter called "Moon Country Map") Available at local snowmobile businesses and USFS offices
  • Winter Ski Trail Guide A packet of nordic trails maps that includes Dutchman, Edison, Skyliner, and Newberry Crater. Available at USFS offices in Bend and Sisters.
  • Three Creek Lake Nordic Trails Available from Sisters Ranger Station
  • Sisters District Nordic Ski & Snowmobile Trails Covers Three Creek Lake, McKenzie Pass, Ray Benson, and Corbett. Not highly detailed. Available from Sisters Ranger Station.
  • Santiam Pass Trail Map Groomed Trails (Oregon State Snowmobile Association, 1-888-567-7669) Covers Ray Benson and Corbett; includes trail names and #5 Available from Sisters Ranger Station.
  •  Newberry National Volcanic Monument Available at local snowmobile businesses or USFS offices
  •  Walt Haring Sno-Park Trail map Available from Chemult Ranger Station

 


RAY BENSON SNO-PARK HWY 20: HOODOO TURN-OFF ELEV. 4800'


 

Trail Types: Machine groomed snowmobile roads, skier tracked nordic trails
Maps: Sisters District map, Santiam map
Suggested Trails: Choose your distance; available snowmobile roads are 3.5 mi., 6 mi., 9 mi. and 12 miles in length
Comments: Terrain includes gentle ups and downs. Be alert for occasional loose dogs and sled teams.

CORBETT SNO-PARK Hwy 20: WEST OF SISTERS ELEV. 4600'


 

Trail Types: Machine groomed snowmobile road and trails, skier tracked nordic trails
Maps: Sisters District map, Santiam map
Suggested Trails: Main road out is groomed and connects with lower Ray Benson. This road splits off to lesser groomed roads with access to more rolling terrain.
Comments: Generally quieter than Ray Benson with more skiers and less snowmobiles.

MCKENZIE PASS AREA HIGHWAY 242: JCT. @ WEST END OF SISTERS ELEV. 4000'


 

Trail Types: Machine groomed snowmobile roads, skier tracked nordic trails
Maps: Moon Country map, Sisters District map
Suggested Trails: Not highly recommended
Comments: Grooming is less consistent than other areas. May lack snow, especially on exposed curves. Because of wind and snow drift, surface tends to be slanted or banked. This can make for difficult terrain. Offers great views. Junctions with the Cross District Trail which connects with Santiam Recreation Area (11.8 mi.), Three Creek Area (1 8.9 mi.) and finally, Dutchman Flat area.

UPPER THREE CREEK LAKE SNO-PARK USFS 16 FROM SISTERS ELEV. 5000'


 

Trail Types: Machine groomed snowmobile road, skier tracked nordic trails
Maps: Three Creek Lake Nordic Trails, Moon Country map, Sisters District map, Santiam map
Suggested Trails: Main road goes 5 miles up a moderate grade. Accesses Cross District Trail (17 mi. one-way to Dutchman Flat) For experienced nordic skiers, single-track trails of varying length connect with portions of groomed snowmobile roads and can make for an interesting and more challenging outing. Be sure to take your sno-park map if you decide to try this!
Comments: This area is nice because it receives relatively light use. Main road terrain is all uphill going out and all downhill coming back. Ski trails are intermediate to advanced and because of light use, trail finding can be challenging.

SKYLINER SNO-PARK TUMALO FALLS RD FROM GALVESTON ST/BEND ELEV. 4700'


 

Trail Types: City of Bend snow-cat-packed road and skier tracked nordic trails
Maps: "Skyliner Sno-Park Area NORDIC SKI TRAILS" (USFS)
Suggested Trails: Fun to skate Tumalo Falls Road to the picnic area and back. Approximately 5 miles round trip. Gentle terrain.
Comments: Grooming is rough packed but can be skated. Good "on-by" practice area. There are often lots of dogs around, many off leash. Because of lower elevation, snow cover can be too thin at times.

DUTCHMAN FLAT SNO-PARK CENTURY DRIVE (USFS 46) ELEV. 6250'


 

Trail Types: Machine groomed snowmobile roads
Dog Regs.: Controlled working dogs in harness permitted on snowmobile roads only. Dogs not permitted on nordic trails.
Map: Moon Country map, "Dutchman Flat Area NORDIC SKI TRAILS" (USFS)
Suggested Trails: Century Drive to Todd Lake Jct (Approx. 5 mi.- Intermediate)
Trails 5 to 8 (Moon Country map) To Ball Butte and back (Approx. 7 mi. -- Advanced)
Trails 7 to 8 to S (Moon Country map) Around Tumalo Mountain (Approx. 10 mi.-- Advanced)
Trail 5 to 6 to 7 (Moon Country map)
Comments: More reliable snow because of elevation. Nice views of the Sisters. Tie-ups for 6 dogs available at Dutchman Sno-Park. Sno-Park can be very congested on weekends and holidays and parking is limited. Popular for snowmobiles, use caution especially on blind turns.

WANOGA SNO-PARK CENTURY DRIVE (USFS 46) ELEV. 4800'


 

Trail Types: Machine groomed snowmobile roads and trails
Maps: Moon Country map
Suggested Trails: Trail 5 out and back (gentle terrain, mostly flat)
Trail 3 to 2 makes a short loop back to Wanoga Sno-Park (mostly up, then mostly down)
Trail 4 to 25 to 5 makes a 5-mile loop (gently terrain)
Comments: Closest area to Bend for running dogs. Snowmobile rental operation in parking area. Heavy snowmobile use. Best avoided on busy weekends and holidays. Use caution!

LOWER EDISON SNO-PARK USFS 45 ELEV. 4500'


 

Trail Types: Machine groomed snowmobile road, skier tracked nordic trails
Maps: Moon Country map, "Edison Area NORDIC SKI TRAILS" ((3SFS)
Suggested Trails: Main road (Trail 2 on Moon Country map) is groomed and the terrain is gentle. This distance is as long as you would like (see Moon Country map).
Pondo Loop (3.5 mi.-- Intermediate) or Easy Tie (0.9 mi.-- Easy) nordic trails are options for single-track skijoring. See the USFS Edison Area Nordic Ski Trails map.
Comments: Lower Edison is not as heavily used as other sno-parks. Good practice area. Occasional loose dogs. Parking is in a pullout along the highway be careful). Lock your car as some break-ins did occur this year. Upper Edison trails not conducive to skijoring (steep, twisty and narrow). Lots of loose dogs at Upper Edison.

10-MILE SNO-PARK NEWBERRY NATL. VOLCANIC MONUMENT ELEV. 5200'


 

Trail Types: Machine groomed snowmobile roads and trails, skier tracked nordic trails
Maps: Newberry National Volcanic Monument map, "Newberry Crater Area NORDIC SKI TRAILS"
Suggested Trails: Main road from 10-Mile Sno-Park (Trail #1, Newberry Mnmt. Map) is well groomed and wide. Three miles one-way to Paulina Lake.
Comments: Snowmobile rental operation at parking area. Better avoided on busy weekends and holidays. Snowmobile club recommends sticking to wider snowmobile roads for safety.

WALT HARING SNO-PARK S. HWY 97: CHEMULT ELEV. 4750-5200'


 

Trail Types: Machine groomed snowmobile roads and trails
Maps: Walt Haring Sno-Park Trails
Suggested Trails: Any and all
Comments: A favorite training area for folks in La Pine and south of Bend. Grooming and trails conducive to running dogs and skate skiing.