Northern Exposure Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Northern Exposure Loop is 3 miles of gentle terrain and great for novices. It is double-track groomed with a skating lane. It is the site of the annual John Day Nordic Ski Race. The North Crater Trail begins at the Howlock Trailhead / Sno-Park to your right. It passes behind the horse corrals, crosses a snowmobile trail and then proceeds south through heavily timbered areas with occasional views of Diamond Lake. At about 1.1 miles there is a stream crossing (Spruce Creek) which could be tricky. At about 2.5 miles there is a downhill slope to your right and the trail continues close to the snowmobile trail for a short distance. The next big challenge is a gully (Camp Creek), past that you are behind the RV park and then the Summit Rock snowmobile trail (3.6 miles). A right turn here down the snowmobile trail will take you to the Pizza Parlor or continuing south for another 1.1 miles you will arrive at Hwy 230 near the South Diamond Sno-park. The trail makes two quick highway crossings, then proceeds 4 miles to the North Crater trailhead (elevation 5900 feet).

RECOMMENDED USE: Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing


At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/08/2020- Open, but current conditions unknown. Be prepared to navigate downed trees and other potential hazards.
Fees Howlock Mt. Sno-Park: November 1 through April 30 an Oregon State Sno-Park Permit Oregon Sno-Park Information
Open Season: undefined - undefined

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From Roseburg, OR, turn on OR-138 east / northeast Diamond Lake Boulevard. Travel east on Highway 138. After milepost 78 turn west onto Forest Road 4795 (Diamond Lake Loop Road), the north entrance to the Diamond Lake Recreation Area. Go 0.3 mile to the Howlock Mountain Trailhead, on your left. 


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  Area/Length : 
3.0 miles