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01/13/2019
Arrived at 8am on a Sunday to only a few cars in the parking lot. Did the full loop with my dog and was back at my car by 10:45am. Passed a few people on my way up but otherwise only came across one other person the entire hike, until I got back to the junction and went the last mile ish back down the main trail, at which point there were lots more people and a full parking lot.

Towards the top parts of the trail were quite wet, some patches of snow all over the top but not much. It was extremely windy - actually quite dangerous considering some of the ridges. My 30lb dog was blown about five feet sideways and I thankfully had her on the leash. The guts would’ve knocked me over if I weren’t braced against them. I recommend avoiding this hike if the Gorge is windy on arrival.

The upper half of the hike has a lot of rocky / semi-scrambling parts. Hard on the knees but nothing like Munra Point or some other areas of the Gorge. I imagine these areas would be tricky if the ground were at all icy.

Overall great hike, good views at the top. Just get there early to avoid crowds.

The full loop is a TOUGH 8 mile hike with elevation of 2200 incline and decline. Amazing views and worth every minute. Dog friendly.

This was a great hike. It was very windy but nice and sunny!

Defaulted to this trail after seeing how rutted the road to Silver Star/Ed's Loop is.

I was on this trail Saturday 1/5/19 and came across what appeared to be large cat scat (essentially a very large hair ball) that was very fresh. There were also older piles along the way. I'm not well versed on identifying scat but it was enough for me to turn back. Please be careful.

One of my favorite hikes! Minimal views compared to some other hikes in the gorge, but not as busy and with nice paths for my dogs. Very dog-friendly, people frequent with horses so please be respectful and keep them leashes.

Dog review: This trail was the perfect length for a moderate outing. Took my four dogs and I about four hours. The way up can be a little sketchy with dogs because it’s steep and slippery this time of year. My guys have great leash skills so getting everyone up steep switchbacks and walking on narrow areas wasn’t a problem, but could be for a dog in training or inexperienced pup. Though the trail up has a couple steep switchbacks, the way down is wide and even suitable for horses, VERY easy if you have dogs. Way up is alright as long as you have good control. Only a few rocky areas, no booties needed for my guys. Lots of puddles and streams so you can pack less water than normal for the pups.

Fun hike on New Years Day. Not at all crowded early but quite a few people later in the day making their way up.

hiking
14 days ago

Went beginning of Jan when it was in the mid 40s. Not too muddy and no micro spikes needed.

Had some great views but the last 1.2 miles is just road. If you turn around at the waterfall to do an out and back it’d probably be something like 10 miles. Didn’t encounter cars on the road though which was good.

Good hike. The early on waterfalls after 1 mile in were the highlight of the hike for me. A little muddy due to the rain around this time of year.

I’d rate it as moderate-hard.

hiking
1 month ago

Was able to get out mid-December on a day with very little wind and ~50deg temps. Lots of good views looking east up the gorge. Also a nice variety of terrain minus the paved home stretch. Not to mention very accessible.

Beautiful view of a snowy MSH. Saw a bear in the lower clearcut area.

hiking
1 month ago

The upper trail section is well worth it, but unless you just want the extra miles I'd skip the lower section and turn it into an out and back.

It’s okay, not a great hike but a decent place if you want a fast bike ride.

trail running
1 month ago

Fun long run with my lab today. First time being on the trail. Passed 8 people, all but 1 were within the first mile. Trail is marked efficiently so you do have to look for the markers in a few areas, specifically the road crossings.

This is one of my favorite loops for a scenic, slightly challenging day hike. It’s not too muddy yet, but high traffic areas around the Pool of the Winds are getting there. Be sure to pack a coat, as well as some gloves and a hat for the summit; there’s already some snow accumulation, especially on the north face of Hamilton Mountain.

7.5 miles round trip, 2 caches, lots of fun.

Great hike! Beautiful views. My 7 year old daughter was able to hike it, but she is a pretty determined kid.

Amazing hike with great variety—forested dirt-pack trail, through a pastoral field, across an old rock slide and finishing walking up a 1.25 mi up a tree-lined and pasture road back to parking. All of this with spectacular viewpoints of the Gorge. And perfect for a sunny Fall day with changing leaf colors. Will definitely do again.

Awesome hike today - took about 4 1/2 hours . Waterfalls early on awesome - and Vistas at top are killer . Howling winds yet could find reprieve along the way. Nice workout. Had to use hands bit for balance along some rocky switchbacks - very doable. Nice side shoots to explore - especially up near the rocky parts.
Very repeatable hike - will come back in spring.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a gorgeous day though very WINDY!! I loved the entire hike - the only slight bummer is you’re hiking the road at the end which is boring. But it didn’t keep me from enjoying it!

new favorite for sure! definitely plan to take 3 to 4 hours in order to complete the full loop. fall is my favorite time to hike in the gorge and so long as it hasnt been raining heavily for a few days prior to your hike the paths should still be easy to navigate. love the view from the top, absolutely incredible! worth every step!

A friend of mine and I took a few of our children - 9,12 & 14ish and they all did really well, with minimal whining. There were a couple of steep switch backs, but not quite as steep or intense as the nearby "Dog Mountain." The views from the top were not as incredible as Dog Mountain, but they were nice. I do agree with some commenters who brought out, there is really no good place to sit and have lunch at the top. The "saddle" or ridge of the trail was super windy and pretty fun for our kiddos. There are a couple of pretty awesome waterfalls and "The Pool of the Winds," which was pretty cool.

This is a wonderful hike with spectacular views. Be prepared for high winds and traversing a rock/boulder field.

Nice little workout to the summit. If I did it again I wouldn’t do the loop, just out and back to the false summit for some decent views.

False summit view is incredible on a clear day, but the view from the top is terrible. This is my least favorite hike in the Gorge.

Beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

I enjoyed this hike, it was perfectly sunny for the first half and then lightly rained the rest of the way. I managed to grab s ok me HUGE tree leaves, same width of my chest as I was going through the hike. worth it, honestly the view points are all beautiful! I did it with my mother in law, wife, and our 2 dogs. easy trail, it is just long so dont forget water.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike, wasn't muddy like I thought it would be with the recent rain. The beginning is pretty steep for most people so I wouldn't bring children. The rest is relatively easy. If you plan to park a car a both ends to only hike 8 miles then make sure you have a Discover pass. Because as we know WA likes for all of us to purchase yet another pass to add to our collection. Or you can do the full 16 (17 if you account for the walk to the parking lot) and park at the falls. There are two road crossings between miles 2.5 - 3.5. For the first, follow the road downhill to the left, then there will be a wooden sign to reenter the forest on the left after about 100 yds. The second crossing take a right, then almost immediately (about 10ft) look to the left side of the road for your trail. There is a small marker post with the blue trail sticker on it. The rest of the trail is straight forward and well marked with mile markers every half mile. We will definitely hike this trail again in the future.

I think I’m getting spoiled because I really didn’t like the hike even though it’s on many Portland fall 10 ten hiking lists. Too much of it is on roads and you can hear trains and cars most of the hike. The views are nice, but not that special for the area.

hiking
2 months ago

7.5 miles exactly, including going out to all the viewpoints. I agree that in places it was more than moderate - I started out on the upper loop, on the way back via lower loop there were quite a few rocky spots (including switchbacks up the first rock field), narrow trails in steep areas, etc. In contrast, some parts are gravel, some are firmly packed dirt, and the last mile and a half or so are up a paved road. The waterfall is pretty small, but some great views of the gorge and fall leaves.

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