South Waldo Shelter

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
Gold Lake Sno-Park » South Waldo Shelter

For those with an overnight destination in mind who are looking for a route with some distance, consider the trail leading to South Waldo Shelter, a trail recommended for the equipped and experienced skier.

From Gold Lake Sno-Park, follow Gold Lake Road to its end just across the bridge over the outlet of Gold Lake. From there, follow Gold Lake Trail to the marked intersection with Mount Ray Trail.

When you reach Waldo Lake Road, follow it (or continue on Gold Lake Trail) north to a marked trailhead. From here, a marked trail drops down to Betty Lake, passes several small lakes, and makes a sharp turn to the southwest.

It then continues to a shelter on the edge of a meadow. Distance from Waldo Lake Road to South Waldo Shelter is about 3.9 miles.

Note: Waldo Road is also a marked snowmobile route.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/23/22: Temporarily closed due to Cedar Creek Fire. See closure order and map.

Permit Info: Sno-Park Permit Required
Open Season: Year Round
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger District


XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
10 miles one way

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  Elevation : 
4800 Feet