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Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
The Oregon Crest Ski Route is not a trail, but a route across the state inspired by the Pacific Crest Trail. It is too dangerous to ski the PCT in all places, so this route aims for safety while remaining as close as possible.
Camp on the snow. Stay in cabins. Sleep in a van at the road crossings. This is a month-long challenge and experience!
Take the kml as only a suggestion!! Modify your micro-navigation according to conditions! Also realize that some segments will make sense from the south but not from the north, or from approaching by uphill or downhill.
I have this same route (as of Dec 3, 2022) with notes, structures, cabins, lodges, etc... on Google maps
(I still feel this needs some tweaking, especially around Mt. Jefferson where I was forced to road walk because of lack of snow.)
Need to Know
Not for beginners! You need to know how navigate, snow camp, forecast weather, exit before bad weather comes.
Why thru-hike the PCT only in summer when you can also thru-ski in winter?! That is what motivated me to start this project back in 2017. Over the course of 4 winters, I put together this track. Depending on the winter, it is 90% to 99% ski-able. A few sections are so low that you may need to walk them.
I have many details and photos on my blog at royallyon.com, too much to post here. But if you want to ski past where all the other skiers stop, and even past the snowmobiles, so you can have the entire mountain range to yourself, then try this!
History & Background
Inspired by the PCT!
Shared By: Ed Lyons