Snowshoeing: Like steelheading, but warmer

Last weekend, Wild Bill the French Trapper, KP and I headed up to Waldo Lake Road to snowshoe near Willamette Pass. The snowstorm in the Cascades was in full swing and there was a ton of powder on the ground (and in the air).

Oregon snowshoeing Waldo Lake Rd.

 I just thought it would be interesting to compare my two preferred winter activities, snowshoeing and steelheading:  

As you might assume, no we didn’t catch any fish while snowshoeing around Waldo Lake, but we don’t catch any fish winter steelheading — so we’re even there.

The precipitation involved in both sports seems to be about equal, but during snowshoeing it came down in big fluffy flakes and winter steelheading it tends to fall as pea-sized hail which pelts your eyes, then melts and soaks your fleece — advantage, snowshoeing.

 Actual temperatures can vary, but winter steelheading temps tend to fall in the low forties, while snowshoeing over the weekend was about 22 F. Nonetheless, walking with snowshoes and gear keeps you way warmer than sitting in a boat — advantage, snowshoeing.

Oregon snowshoeing Waldo Lake Rd.

I’m not saying winter steelheading doesn’t have redeeming values — in fact I’ll be doing it again this weekend if the rain ever stops — I’m just saying other options are out there for winter recreation. I’m up for trying skis next time, since Wild Bill and his pack dogs were leaving us in the dust.

Oregon snowshoeing Waldo Lake Rd.

Oregon snowshoeing Waldo Lake Rd.


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Matt Stansberry currently lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and son.
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6 Responses to Snowshoeing: Like steelheading, but warmer

  1. r~ says:

    Thats a great shot of the pooch. Looks like fun… I was up that way sunday and the snow was sure coming down.

  2. Bpaul says:

    The picture of a happy dog, no one can tell me they don’t smile.

  3. flyfishertc says:

    Mmm, I’m envious. Looks great for cross-country skiing.

  4. michael says:

    going shoeing this weekend for the first time…can’t wait.

  5. Leona says:

    That happy dog is so hilarious!

  6. paperseed says:

    I was just looking up places to snowshoe with our dogs this weekend and came across your site. I think we might do this. Thanks for sharing!

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