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Incredible day we had for this hike! We could see Mt Hood, Jefferson, Three Sisters, the ocean, and the beauty of the forests as far as you can see. Perfect distance and elevation for a fun hike with friends. You do need a forest pass.

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6 days ago

This was a great hike with mild elevation change. Went on a clear day and the view from the peak is amazing. On one side you have mountains and the other you see the ocean.

Great place to hike! Restrooms available. Lots of water scenes, waterfalls, and forrest to explore. Flat and easy marked trails. Dog friendly as well.

Amazing views. Idk about that 2.2 miles though. The loop took us awhile and we move at a decent pace.

I hiked Foley Ridge to Substitute Point on November 10th. The burn area begins less than two miles in. The beginning is lush and green. Hiking in a burn area means an eroded trail which is sometimes hard to see. Overall though deadfall was fine, and I was able to follow footprints in frozen ground, then snow and finally mud. Sign was easy to find at 4.4 mi to Substitute Point. Trail was not always discernible from this point, but footprints again helped. Used micro-spikes for last climb to top as steep and icy. Views are outrageous of South Sister. Best to do in fall without high heat. Road up to trailhead was great even on dirt with good signage.

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28 days ago

Started this hike in the later afternoon on 10/21/18 and was glad I brought the headlamps for the trip back down the mountain. There are many trailheads in this area and I was glad I picked this one. I always try to use map my ride app to track steps, distance and time which read 6.52miles. We did have to take the left at the very top because the marked trail on all trails was closed. Very enjoyable hike with several changes in terrains. It will get your heart rate up with the constant uphill that which is gradual to moderate. There is a bathroom at the trailhead and there is a $5 parking fee unless you have northwest forest pass.

one week ago, we went clockwise. Did hiker summit, camped a couple miles before wasco. 11 miles day 1. second day we added canyon meadow trail, and then continued back to loop and back to car at PCT lot. 17 miles day 2 for a total of around 28 miles in two days. Amazing and beautiful trip, highly suggest. Saw one mountain goat. Clear blue skies, just some cold cold wind.

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1 month ago

Hiked this on 10/20/18. It's a little confusing where to park, at the paved snow park parking lot or tenths of a mile up the dirt road at the end of the lot that takes you right to the trailhead. there isn't a lot of room at the trailhead, so we chose the paved lot. This is an awesome 10 miler. I did it in late October, so there wasn't much left of the one lake on the route. the first 2.5 miles are an easy gradual incline. Take a break at the lake before doing the second half, it gets steep from there to the summit. The blow down is easy to traverse. It's only for the mile from the lake on, and they are easily stepped over or have well worn paths around. Once you hit the switchbacks on the final mile to the summit the trail narrows, with lots of loose rocks. Our dog did fine on the entire trail. The views from the summit on a clear day are spectacular. To the north you can see as far as St. Helen's, and to the South I believe I could make out a portion of Broken Top through an opening on the East side of Mt. Washington, and every thing in between.

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1 month ago

Such a beautiful hike. We took our time and took lots of photos, so it took us just over 3.5 hours to complete. Gorgeous views of Clear Lake. The water is uniquely green, blue and aqua depending on the sun and depth of the water. You won’t be disappointed.

This is a beautiful hike and can be family/dog friendly. The water is SO blue and both waterfalls are absolutely stunning. Sahalie falls is very easy to access and it’s a short walk from the parking lot. The fall colors were in full effect when I did this hike & it’s beautiful. The hike itself is mostly flat.

one of my favorite trails. very easy, well maintained. the water is magical

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1 month ago

Awesome hike! First time on this trail but will definitely go back. If you follow the trail around the perimeter of the lake it comes in right at 5 miles....took us about 2 hours. We did this hike today...gorgeous fall colors and spectacular weather. I’ve never seen water so clear before....and the submerged tree stumps still standing from the volcanic damming of the McKenzie river make looking into the water even more amazing. Definitely recommend hiking the trail counterclockwise otherwise you may miss the views of the 3 Sisters from the north end of the lake (if you go clockwise they will be to your back)....they will come into view shortly after you go past the northern most point of the lake on your return to the Clear Lake Resort parking area and trailhead. This is a very easy hike and one well worth the time!

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1 month ago

The lake is now 1/3-1/4 of its maximum area. An interesting gradient: warm sun and fat dragonflies on the east beach vs. hoarfrost and ice in the Linton Creek mouth.

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1 month ago

The burn was impressive. The views were great. Hiked up to substitute point the trail was hard to find but a little bit of know how and tracking other people’s foot prints we were able to keep on the trail. It was a amazing view!

The view from the top is a 5 star. Three fingered Jack is spectacular. Lovely view of Jefferson with lakes and Washington at an interesting angle. Starts with a dense forest of deciduous trees and color changing shrubs and ends with alpine meadows. 2 miles in between are a blowdown corridor that is a hassle to navigate. Worth it for the view. Wear bright colors in the fall as hunters were also on trail.

Gorgeous fall colors of the leaves contrasting with the surreal blue of the ice cold lake water. Easy hike, almost flat, about 6 miles. It was a bit crowded even on a Friday early morning and parking can get challenging.

Pretty hike. Several beautiful waterfalls. Shaded so good for a hot Summer day. We had a group ranging in age from 13 to 55. Hike was enjoyed by all.

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1 month ago

Road: Came in from the south, many big rocks in the road for a one lane road, so never able to go over 15 mph. I had to move maybe 5-6 rocks out of the road. At Milepost 8 you will see a very small road 877 off to the left that is very steep and maybe 300 yards up that road is the trailhead. I don't recommend cars with low clearance on the very last part of the road. You can either park at the bottom and hike up or bring a different vehicle.

HIke: First part of the hike has bear grass, rhododendrons, chinquapins, vine maple, huckleberry and oregon grape under an old growth canopy. It is excellent. I went the 2nd week in Oct and not only did I only see one person, the leaves were turning brilliant colors especially the vine maple. Hike is uphill the entire way but not too steep until right at the end. Keep going and look for the cutback trail that goes up to the very top. It can be easy to miss. Once almost at the top , you have almost a 360 view. If you continue the last 25 yards to the top, you have a complete 360 view but you have to climb a bit over some rock and coming down was a bit more challenging. It has spectacular views!

Awesome trail along the river with fantastic views of rapids and waterfalls. One side of the loop is developed, most likely from CCC crews, with log fences and a couple of observation points. The less developed side of the loop is more picturesque. Fall colors were out in full force. A beautiful hike. It took us two hours because we took so many pictures.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike at any season. This is a gorgeous and unusual lake. Just hiked this during Fall and it was beautiful lit up with color against the blue of the lake. Hike is longer than reported (about 7 mi/not 4.5). The trail seems a little different than when I hiked it 15y ago. Maybe it was rerouted. Watch out for bees.

Dropped by later in the season (late October) last year and was blocked by snow after 5 miles or so ... so I made a point to come back a bit earlier this year and I'm so glad I did as the fall colors and the tail end of the summer bloom was in full effect. I went counter Clockwise and the timing worked out nicely with the sunset and sunrise. However if you are headed south on the PCT first thing in the morning you will likely meet more people - In my case at least 5 groups of hunters and 4 groups of hikers. (I would go clockwise if I wanted to avoid people on the full loop. ) I ended up camping on the downslope somewhere around where the trail branches off for summit lake. This spot was amazing for a 360 degree view of sunset, moonrise, and then sunrise.

Quiet, secluded, peaceful. A new favorite.

Not difficult. Nice hike through the forest with moderate uphill. Pretty lakes along the way.

A day hike that is not to be missed! The loop is more likely a 3-mile trek, but every step is worth it. The loop takes you around 3 very accessible and spectacular falls. You’ll get to see each from multiple angles and you can get surprisingly close to the edges, so caution is needed. For groups with little ones, less mobility or less time, stay on the near side and go south (go left downhill from the parking lot) and you will see all 3 falls in a half mile stretch. Well worth the short detour off of highway 20.

Stunning hike on a Fall day. I'll be back to go kayaking next Summer.

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1 month ago

Pretty, easy hike but could not see the lake from the trail due to growth/trees blocking view.

Hiked early August just before the Terwilliger fire started. Loved this hike. Wanted to come back in the Fall, but with the fire, that's not going to happen. Will be interested in hearing if this trail burned. We had smoke from other fires when we hiked, so didn't have the best views, hence wanting to return in the fall.

9/19/18
I didn’t stop here the first time I was in the area because I thought the popularity was due to the proximity to the road, not that the falls were actually that great. Well, I was wrong. Yes they’re close to the road but they’re also very picturesque and have a much greater volume than many other falls in the area (since they’re on a much larger river). It’s a short walk between the two, the water is clear and yet colorful, and the area is scenic...a definite must-do if you’re chasing waterfalls or passing through with a few minutes to spare.

One of my favorite hikes!

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