Last updated: February 18, 2021
The Fern Cascades Loop Ski Trail is a steep, 3 mile, easy to most difficult, skier tracked trail that provides views of the cascades. The trail starts at the Bear Den Ski Shop exit and angles towards the Snow Lodge cabin area. Then the trail goes through trees and crosses small bridges to reach the main snow vehicle road. The trail begins across the road. Bear right on this one-way loop and follow under the power lines. If the uphill section at the start of the trail is too steep, turn around. The trail only gets more difficult from there. The trail continues close to the bottom of the hillside, past many buildings, then curves steeply uphill through the trees. It will be necessary to “herringbone” up steep sections. Please do not remove your skis. At the top of the hill, there is a small, easily-missed canyon on the right where the cascades are located. Do not approach the edge of the overlook when viewing the cascades. The middle section of the trail is gently rolling. At the end is a steep downhill section that requires good speed control.
Notes: CAUTION: recommended for advanced skiers only due to steep terrain. Do not approach the edge of the overlook when viewing the cascades. Bison and elk frequent this trail. Federal regulations require you to stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from bison and all other wild animals.
Check out the ski trail details and accessibility information at the bottom of this page.
This skier-tracked most difficult trail includes steep terrain. The trail elevation gain/loss is 240 feet. Service dogs allowed.
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