The Crosstown Trail, accurately named for its function of getting from one end of Government Camp to the other, is perfect for beginner or intermediate cross country skiers. The skier can choose several variations in their route through the trails that branch off of the Crosstown Trail. Skiers have the choice of setting up a shuttle or just skiing back to the car once they reach the other end of town. Despite its proximity to town, it is still a quiet trail surrounded by tall, snow-covered evergreen trees. As long as the ski slopes are open, this trail is most likely covered in snow.
What Makes It Great
Most people start the trail at the Glacier View Sno Park, which is just 1 mile from the border of Government Camp. This is also the trailhead for Enid Lake, which is an additional loop that is just over a mile long. It is a perfect addition to warm up for the day or to simply add on a mile. To get to Enid Lake, walk north from the entrance of the plowed road and take the second trail on the right. The first right you encounter is the Crosstown Trail #755.
The Crosstown Trail is an easy climb to the Summit Alpine Ski Area and you will only gain about 1000 feet in elevation. For the entire time, you will be surrounded by a mixed forest of douglas fir, western red cedar, and hemlock trees weighed down by snow. Within two miles, you will come to a trail junction with the Glade Trail, which is an outlet trail from the Timberline Ski Area to Government Camp. Continue straight to finish the Crosstown Trail. You end at the upper side of the access road where the trail drops out of the forest and down to the Summit Ski Area in Government Camp. This is where the skiers have the option to ski back to the car at Glacier Sno Park or continue to the second car parked at the Summit Ski Area.
Who is Going to Love It
This trail is perfect for beginners because you can make it a simple, relatively flat 3-mile shuttle route with multiple exit points out to Government Camp. This can be especially fun for families with children or skiers out with some novice friends. This can also be convenient if the weather forecast is uncertain, yet you still want to get out on your skis that day. It is really easy to bail on the trail if the weather turns on you. Because you can opt to take the trail back to the car at Glacier Sno Park, making this a 6 mile route, this trail is appealing for intermediate skiers as well and the addition of Enid Lake not only allows for beautiful snow covered, icy lake views, but also adds some miles and excitement.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
To get to the west end of the trail from Portland, take Highway 26 east towards Government Camp. The Glacier View Sno Park is just a mile west of Government Camp on 26. Turn left at Glacier View Sno Park, which is Forest Road 2600-522, across from the west entrance to Ski Bowl. The trailhead is on the east side of the parking lot.
To get to the east end of the trail if you would like to set up a shuttle, take the same route on 26, but go a little bit further and pass the first entrance for Government Camp Loop Road, which is to the right, and continue for about a mile. Turn left onto Government Camp Loop Road and take an immediate right into the Summit Ski area parking lot. From here the trailhead is located at the northwest end of the parking lot.