Snow Bunny

Snow Bunny

Snow Bunny is a small snow play area located in Mount Hood National Forest on the south face of Mount Hood in Oregon, USA, about 65 miles (103 km) east of Portland. Inner tubing, tobogganing and other snow sports are on a maintained 20–30 foot hill of snow, popular with children and young families. It was established in 1952 as Mount Hood's first snow play area for children.

Snow Bunny's elevation of 3816 ft (1163 m) makes it a popular trailhead for cross country skiers (nordic skiing), snowshoers and snowmobilers.

It is located along the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, about 2 miles (3 km) east of Government Camp on U.S. Route 26, near the junction with the Trillium Lake road (NFS 2656) and East Leg Road which connects to Timberline Highway, near the junction with Oregon Route 35. Neither forest road is plowed making them popular winter sports choices.

Inner tubing and other sliding is usually possible from Thanksgiving through Spring Break. The concession operates winter weekends and most school holidays. When operating, no personal sliding equipment is permitted. The fee covers unlimited day use. A Sno-Park permit is required to park.

History

The East Leg Timberline Road—the road through Snow Bunny—was the original road to Timberline Lodge since its construction in 1936. In 1949, Timberline Highway opened and obsoleted winter use of East Leg Road and the Timberline Lodge garage at its foot at Hwy 26. In 1952, George W. Jackson led about 150 volunteers from East Side Commercial Club to convert the garage to a snow lodge intended as a safe place for children away from congested and dangerous ski areas. The lodge opened February 11953 with meals, a children's playroom, and warming rooms on weekends during snow months. During the week, it was available for youth groups. The lodge was abandoned and torn down in the early 1980s.

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