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The Pederson Snowpark is located at the intersection of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCNST) and the Dead Indian Memorial Road. The Snowpark is an informal one; Klamath County plows a wide spot parallel to the highway. Parking space is limited and Oregon Snowpark Permits are not required.
The PCNST is marked with the traditional blue diamond Nordic blazers from the highway north two miles to the South Brown Mountain Shelter. While there is not much elevation gain between the Snowpark and the shelter, the route is classed as “More Difficult” or “Intermediate” due to the variable snow conditions under the closed forest canopy.
The South Brown Mountain Shelter was built in June, 1993 by volunteers from the Oregon Army National Guard. It serves Pacific Crest Trail travelers in the summer months and is shared by Nordic skiers and snowmobilers in winter. There is a woodstove inside (donated by Orley Stove of Medford), and firewood is cut and stacked courtesy of the Southern Oregon Nordic Club.
Snowmobilers may access the shelter from the Hyatt/Lake O’Woods snowmobile trail. By following the orange diamond trailblazers north from the shelter, skiers can get on the Hyatt/LOW snowmobile trail and make a loop back to your car – about 2.5 miles. Follow the Hyatt/LOW trail southwest about a mile to the Pederson snowmobile trail, then follow the Pederson trail back to the Dead Indian Hwy. just a hundred yards west of the Snowpark (refer to the map on the reverse of this page). The snowmobile trail is often groomed by the Klamath Basin Snowdrifters, and is very enjoyable to ski. As a courtesy to snowmobilers encountered on the trail, please keep to the right and yield right-of-way.
Skiers with good orienteering skills will find lots of unmarked Nordic ski opportunities on snow covered forest roads radiating from the vicinity of the shelter. A one inch to the mile District contour map, available at the Ranger Station for $3.00, is essential for exploring off of the designated routes. A free snowmobile trail map is also helpful.
Directions: From Ashland: Follow the Dead Indian Memorial Road east for 32 miles to the Pacific Crest Trailhead. Parking is available for 4 or 5 vehicles in the plow out adjacent the highway.
Seasonal Access: Normal Ski Season: November-March
Facility Type: Cross-country Ski Area
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