The cover of Cross Country Skier magazine, from Nipika Resort in British Columbia, illustrates our aspiration for dog-friendly ski trails in Central Oregon. For the moment, our options are the 2-mile ski and 1-mile snowshoe trails at Wanoga Sno-play area at Wanog Sno-park. The following information is for Wanoga. Click the Google map below for information about Edison and Skyliner, as well as directions to all three locations (from north to south, the locations are Skyliner, Wanoga, and Edison).
Wanoga Trail Info
Grooming updates are provided via Facebook posts and tweets. The ski trail is one-way, follows a curvy double loop in a clockwise direction, and is 3.5 km (2 miles) long. The snowshoe trail is groomed and is about a mile long, through the trees. Blue diamonds and bamboo poles mark the left side of both trails. We've cleared the ski trail approximately 18 feet to the right of these markers. Please do not walk on the ski trail. Be aware that dogs may posthole on and off the trails.
The ski trail is shown in blue. Combined, the outer and inner loops are approximately 3.5 km (2 miles).
The snowshoe trail is shown in yellow. Combined, the outer and inner loops are approximately 1 mile.
The trails are one-way in a clock-wise direction.
Blue diamonds and bamboo poles mark the left side of the trails.
Download the Wanoga Map
Volunteer schedules permitting, we groom Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays — as well as every day during the winter and spring break periods. A supporter purchased an old sno-cat (we call it a sno-dog), and we periodically use this to better pack and level the trail. Through community donations, we purchased a new ATV this year, and that is our primary grooming machine. Neither the Forest Service nor the sno-park permit program provide funding. Donations for fuel, the storage shed, and other items are sought. Donate via PayPal or credit card by clicking the "bone link", donate via the box on the trail, or send a check to DogPAC at PO Box 2091, Bend, OR 97709.
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Do Your Part — Keep the Trail Free of Poop
There are multiple poop bag dispensers and trash cans along the trail, including at the start. Please do your part to keep the trail clean — pick up your dog's poop and place it in one of the cans. Many dogs poop at the beginning of the trail, so pay particular attention there. The black bags are biodegradable and easy to carry. Turn the bag inside out, pick up the poop, wrap over, and tie off. You’ll end up with the strap on the outside. You can use this strap to attach the bag to the outside of your butt pack or backpack – in order to bring the bag to the next trash can.
Winter Access for Dog Skiers on the Deschutes
DogPAC grooms ski and snowshoe trails. DogPAC provides poop bags and trash cans. Drive west on Century Drive toward Mt. Bachelor. Wanoga is on your left, past milepost 14 and Meissner Sno-Park. The groomed dog-friendly trails are in the sno-play area, to the left (east) of the main Wanoga Sno-Park. The trailhead is on the opposite side of the parking lot from the sledding hill.
Nice scenery, large ponderosa pines. Low elevation and variable snow quality. Lava terrain can damage skis and dog paws without sufficient snow. Ungroomed ski and snowshoe trails. No poop bag dispensers or trash cans.
Low elevation, so variable snow quality. Ungroomed, with skiers, snowshoers, and walkers, so surface often is poor. No poop bag dispensers or trash cans.
Snow-free Trails — The Badlands
You’ll find a rugged beauty in Oregon’s Badlands, dry and prickly with ancient juniper and volcanic ridges. Fifty miles of trails wind through 29,000 acres, 16 miles east of Bend on Highway 20. You’ll encounter hikers, horseback riders and wildlife in the Badlands, so make sure your dog is in your control at all times. Trails of note include Badlands Rock Trail, Flatiron Rock Trail, and Tumulus Trail. These are spring, fall and winter trails as summertime brings hot sandy soil that burns our dog's feet.