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George D. on Umbrella Falls Trail
Easy trail, even in the rainy season.
My husband and I moved to Oregon from Chicago back in March 2016. We are not avid hikers by any means and the Mirror Lake Loop was recommended to us by a co-worker. Once we completed that we continued on to the Tom Dick and Harry Mountain Trail and I am so happy we did! The surprise factor of the view gave me goosebumps! We went in July and it was a totally clear day. Some portions of the trail were a little freaky (again not an experienced hiker) with some rocky edges and narrow paths, but TOTALLY worth it. Definitely want to venture out more often!!
A really great place for training runs. I went in late November and there was mud, slippery leaves, dry trails, wet rocky patches, fallen trees, and snow. Some good climbing but nice flats too to recover. Some really technical areas and a patch of tight switchbacks. The trail is mostly covered by trees, so the ground isn't too wet even this time of year, but it does make it pretty dark. If you're going in the afternoon maybe bring a headlamp or flashlight. You get a pretty diverse running experience here! My puppy and I will be back for sure!
If you're looking for a short easy hike in between showers on a rainy day, this is it. There's a small cave right off the start of the trail that is easily accessible and has a small stream running through it. At the end of the House Rock Falls trail is a gorgeous roaring waterfall. For a historical treat, take the Santiam Wagon Trail which used to be the highway between Albany and Sisters.
This hike is almost too good to be true. After the second waterfall its difficult not to feel aesthetically spoiled. If you plan on completing the loop, prepare for a 4-5 hr day. This is definitely the most family friendly hike I've encountered as the trail is very well maintained and accessible to people of all skill sets. The loop has various entrances around the park, so it can easily be enjoyed as just a segment. The visitor center provides maps.
*Save your picnic until the later falls as there are a number of benches located behind a waterfall which provides a spectacular view.*