Snowy singletrack is on its way (copy)

Gary Meyer rides his fatbike along a snowmobile trail near Kapka Butte Sno-park in 2015.

Kapka Butte Sno-Park — This sno-park located east of Mount Bachelor at the junction of the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway and Forest Service Road 45 offers a good alternative to nearby sno-parks that may be full this weekend. With a current snow base over 4 feet deep, snowmobilers can carve out a solid day of exploring through the forest with great views (weather permitting) of Mt. Bachelor.

The Newberry National Volcanic Monument offers adventure, lessons and relaxation (copy)

The Cascade Mountains as seen from the Phil Brogan Viewpoint at Lava Lands. 

Lava Lands — Lava Lands boasts a few options for hikes and walks, including the singletrack of Black Rock Trail and the paved Sun-Lava paved path, from both of which you can connect to the Deschutes River Trail and Benham Falls. You could also go the steep-but-scenic route by taking the closed-to-traffic cinder road up Lava Butte, or explore the Trail of the Molten Land, which may sound like a lost Led Zeppelin song but is actually a paved path over the sprawling lava fields here.

A winter tour of Newberry Crater (copy)

Paulina Creek Falls is a 3-mile ski or snowmobile ride from Ten Mile Sno-park in the winter.

Ten Mile Sno-Park — If you want to check out Paulina Lake during the winter, this is the closest and most convenient place from which to do so. Located about 3 miles from the lake’s edge, this sno-park is the starting point for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers to hit the trails and make their way up Newberry Volcano (note that snow coverage is between about 2 and 3 feet out of 10 Mile, and even thinner from 6 Mile Sno-park). The lake is stunning in snow, and Paulina Lake Lodge is open for winter hours through mid-March.

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