The Swampy Lakes Loop is not often ridden as an actual loop – but does allow for a short high country loop if you desire that. Typically people are parking at Swampy Sno-park and heading toward the old Swampy Shelter* junction and then on down to town via Southfork, Tumalo Ridge or Sector 16.
A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking at the Swampy Sno-Park. During the winter months between November 1 and April 30 you’ll need a Sno-Park permit to park at any of the designated Sno-Parks — including Swampy.
*The shelter at Swampy was recently replaced with a new shelter south of the original location. All that’s left of the old shelter is a pit of charcoal and ash.
This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.