Warm and cozy at 5,000 feet

Warm and cozy at 5,000 feet

Claude Lewis Sno-Park


After a chilly day in the snow, it's not easy for a snowmobiler or cross-country skier to find a warm and cozy fire, let alone shelter from an unexpected storm.

That's one of the best things about the Claude Lewis Sno-Park and Trailhead, along Highway 230, between Union Creek and Diamond Lake.

On a concrete floor at the end of a large, one-room building, a wood stove radiates heat to benches lining the walls. The Forest Service hopes to one day replace the stove with a fireplace. With restrooms nearby, it's a great place to take a break and have a snack.

The sno-park is situated at nearly 5,000 feet and surrounded by lodgepole pine. Skiers and snowmobilers have access to the Bybee Creek Trail, connecting them with numerous other trails that could take them all the way to Diamond Lake.

There's plenty of parking on a paved parking lot that is easily accessible and frequently plowed.

Check the Rogue Snowmobilers Club Web site for upcoming events and the latest trail conditions, www.roguesnowmobilers.com. Weekdays you'll also find the High Cascades Ranger District is a good source of information. Call 541-560-3400.

With the warm shelter and beautiful location, this is one great sno-park.