Starting on the south side of the highway, the skier follows the Lakewest trail four miles to the Taylor Caine snow shelter. This trail is a combined use trail and is periodically groomed for snowmobiles. The skier follows the same route back to Sno-Park to complete the trip.
The Lakewest trail follows the old Diamond Lake Highway. The road maintains a character with ups and downs and lots of turns along the way. The trail starts out in a stand of lodgepole trees that seem to thicken as you go. Right before reaching Lakewest, the Upper Rogue River is crossed just a short distance from its origin at Boundary Springs within Crater Lake National Park. At Lakewest, is the Taylor Caine shelter built by the Grants Pass Nordic Club honoring a long time member. The shelter has a stove to warm up by prior to the return trip. Please be considerate of others in use of this shelter, once it is gone, there may never be another.
The elevation of this trail ranges from 5000' to 5400'. Be sure to check weather conditions before starting.
Directions from Prospect: Travel north on Highway 62 to Highway 230. Continue north on 230 past the Union Creek Resort for 20.0 miles to the West Diamond Lake Sno-Park.
Normal Winter Season:
November through April .