Winter Shelters

The Willamette National Forest has several winter shelters maintained by dedicated volunteers for use by winter sports enthusiasts. Some of the shelters permit overnight stays; some are warming shelters only. There are also three winter cabin rentals available by advance reservation.

Shelter Regulations:

  • Shelters cannot be reserved and exclusive use by individuals and groups is prohibited.
  • Overnight stays are permitted from November 15 to April 30.
  • Maximum stay limit is 3 nights.
  • Shelters must be shared with whomever would like to use the shelter.
  • All shelters are backcountry sites - all garbage and human waste (if there is no restroom facility) along with extra food and supplies should be packed out. Follow Leave No Trace principles as you enjoy your winter outing.
  • Firewood (if provided) is to be used in woodstoves only.

Santiam Pass Area Shelters

Mountain View Shelter
McCoy Snow Shelter
Shelters on the Deschutes National Forest

photo of Mt. View Shelter

Mountain View Shelter
Accessed from the Maxwell Sno-park, the shelter is open for day use and overnight stays. Overnight maximum capacity is 15 persons. Visitors to the Mt. View Shelter can use either the Big Meadows road or the Maxwell Sno-Park parking areas; however, it is recommended that overnight visitors use the Maxwell area since there is a risk of vehicles at Big Meadows being temporarily "plowed in" in the event of a major snowfall overnight. Please report any misuse, vandalism or suggestions to the Detroit Ranger District.

McCoy Shelter in snow

McCoy Snow Shelter

Located in the McCoy Snowmobile Area, the shelter is open for day use and overnight stays. Overnight maximum capacity is 15 persons. Please report any misuse, vandalism or suggestions to the Detroit Ranger District.

Shelters on the Deschutes National Forest
Three shelters on the Deschutes National Forest - Brandenburg Shelter, Island Junction Shelter and North Blowout Shelter are accessible from trails that lead off from Ray Benson Sno-park on the Willamette National Forest. They are designed as warming shelters and do not lend themselves to overnight use. There are no sanitation facilities. Find out more about winter recreation on the Deschutes National Forest.

 

Willamette Pass Area Shelters

South Waldo Shelter
Gold Lake Shelter
Gold Lake Sno Park Warming Hut/ Backcountry Patrol Cabin
Westview Shelter
Fuji Shelter
Bechtel Shelter
Maiden Peak Shelter

List of shelter locations by UTM, Lat/Long and elevation

All shelters in the Willamette Pass area are three sided except for the Gold Lake Sno-park Warming Hut/Backcountry Patrol Cabin and the Maiden Peak Cabin, which are fully enclosed. The Willamette Backcountry Ski Patrol  staffs the Gold Lake Sno-park Warming Hut/Backcountry Patrol Cabin and maintains the shelters near the Gold Lake Sno-Park. Chris and Kathy Jensen and volunteers maintain the Maiden Peak Cabin.

South Waldo Shelter in snow with trees in background

South Waldo Shelter
Accessed from Gold Lake Sno-Park, the South Waldo Shelter is open for day use and overnight stays. It has a wood stove, sleeping bench, and gravel floor. Overnight maximum capacity is four persons.

Gold Lake Shelter with deep snow on roof

Gold Lake Shelter
Accessed from Gold Lake Sno-park, this shelter, located at the outlet of Gold Lake, has been a popular ski destination since the 1960s. The shelter is open for day use and overnight stays. It has a wood stove, picnic table, sleeping bench and gravel floor. Overnight maximum capacity is four persons.

Gold Lake Sno Park Warming Hut / Backcountry Patrol Cabin in early winter with snow

Gold Lake Sno Park Warming Hut/ Backcountry Patrol Cabin
Accessed from Gold Lake Sno-park, the day use only Gold Lake Patrol Cabin is known as one of the finest Nordic facilities in Oregon. Staffed by the Willamette Backcountry Ski Patrol volunteers, the cabin serves as an office and an overnight medical/search/rescue base for the patrol; a daytime warming center with hot drinks, snacks, and a wood stove; an information center where visitors can buy trail maps, receive winter safety information, and get up-to-date weather and trail conditions.

photo of Westview Shelter in clearing in woods

Westview Shelter

Westview shelter is an easy one-mile ski from the Gold Lake Sno-park and provides access to the Westview Snow Trail System. The shelter is open for day use and overnight stays. It has a sleeping loft, a wood stove, wood picnic table and gravel floor. Overnight maximum capacity is four persons.

3/27/2017: Little to no firewood left in the shelter. Plan acordingly.

Fuji Shelter with skiers overlooking hill to snow covered mountains in background

Fuji Shelter
Accessed from Salt Creek Falls Sno-park and Waldo Lake Sno-park, the Fuji Shelter sits at approximately 5600 feet and has an inspiring view of Diamond Peak and Salt Creek Canyon. Its location off Fuji Creek Road 5894 (across from Salt Creek Falls access road) provides access to numerous cross-country ski trails including Birthday Lakes, Pothole Meadows, Fuji Mountain and Island Lakes. It has a sleeping loft, a wood stove, wood picnic table and gravel floor. Overnight maximum capacity is four persons.

3/27/2017: No firewood left in the shelter. Plan acordingly.

Bechtel Shelter
Accessed from Gold Lake Sno-park, it is an approximately 2.3 mile easy road ski from the Gold Lake Sno-Park. The shelter is open for day use and overnight stays. It has a sleeping loft, a wood stove, wood picnic table and gravel floor. Overnight maximum capacity is four persons.

Maiden Peak Shelter with deep snow on roof and skiers along side

Maiden Peak Shelter
Accessed from Willamette Pass Sno-park, This unique, octagon shaped fully enclosed log cabin has a large sleeping loft, a wooden floor, several benches, three tables, a solar lighting system, a large woodstove with a rock hearth, and a covered entryway. Located at 6000 feet on the west side of Maiden Peak, this site was selected to provide a more advanced ski destination and access to backcountry skiing on and around Maiden Peak. It can accommodate 15 people overnight.

3/27/2017: No firewood left in the shelter. Plan acordingly.

 

Willamette Pass Area Shelter Locations: Please note the UTMs use NAD 27

Shelter

UTM
NAD27 - 10T

Lat/Long

Elevation
(approximate)

GOLD LAKE SNOPARK

0577150 - 4828147

43.60425N
122.04407W

5000 ft

GOLD LAKE SHELTER

0576755 - 4831014

43.63010N
122.04856W

4840 ft

WESTVIEW SHELTER

0576551- 4827306

43.59673N
122.05162W

5090 ft

BECHTEL SHELTER

0575064 - 4826823

43.59254N
122.07011W

5190 ft

FUJI SHELTER

0573353 - 4830839

43.62886N
122.09075W

5570 ft

MAIDEN PEAK CABIN

0580480 - 4831291

43.63220N
122.00236W

6000 ft