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great hike. its 4 miles round trip though not 3.3 fyi! not hard though!

Great Trail and definitely worth making it to the end! Much easier coming back than going in but a lovely day hike with family.

I have not been here but felt the need to share. Skamania County just announced that a hiker slipped and fell here and did not survive 7/16/18.
Be careful out there, fellow hikers.

walking
3 days ago

Beautiful trail! The waterfall is absolutely beautiful! I’d rate this trail as moderate. Make sure that you have a good pair of hiking boots with a good grip. There’re a several sports that are a bit steep and some of the spots might have smooth, slippery rocks.
Make sure to bring a bug spray.
The hike is not that long but pretty exiting! If you’re still full of energy there’s Ape Canyon trail right next to it with gorgeous views of Mt St Helens.

Hiked this waterfall today it was one of the hottest days of the summer so far it was a nice waterfall with a nice spray some nice cool spots along the trail. I would do this one again.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike. Steady incline and switchbacks. The lake is small but great views. The parking lot at the TH is small and does charge. But there is not a fee station there so bring a pass with you. Go early. Coming down around 10am there were steady hikers coming up the trail.

Great hike. The river crossing was relatively easy. Beautiful Hood view at that spot. If you go left after the river to make it a loop, it's definitely longer. So if you want a (slightly) shorter option, stay right. The falls are really cool - very pretty.

hiking
4 days ago

Large parking lot that was pretty full by 12 pm. Not that much scenery on the trail but the waterfall made up for it.

This is a decent walk with a lot of uphill & downhill, but it’s short enough that you won’t get too tired.

The hike goes past Deadmans Hollow, a beautiful narrow inlet with a small island and sandy beach. You may be tempted to go down there - and you certainly CAN - but there are a few prominent signs “US GOVERNMENT PRIVATE PROPERTY - NO TRESPASSING.”

We just took photos and selfies and lamented that - apparently - the “government” does not include American citizens.

Beautiful hike. Make sure you go down to the lower falls too, that was the best part of the hike for us.

A portion of the trail was closed due to construction. In June 2018. We followed others around the closed part and enjoyed the views. There were a lot of people fishing and swimming who appeared to be have a blast. Be sure to check availability for camping before you go. It was completely filled that week.

We made it he hike fairly easily. The falls are worth every step. Once there you must go behind your he fall and experience this with a nice lunch.

Awesome views, on the easy side of moderate. Crossing the creek is somewhat difficult, but there are many logs to cross on.

I hiked Silver Star on July 11, 2018. Unfortunately, the road up to the base parking lot is impassable to anything but a jeep or high-centered, four-wheel drive vehicle, so I and a number of others had to park their cars along the road about three miles below the base parking lot, thus extending the hike by about six miles out and pack.

Once on Ed's and the Silver Star trail, the wildflowers were profuse with glacier lilies, cat's eye lilies, paintbrush, red columbine, penstemon, spirea and others. The bear grass had finished blooming, so only a few remote latecomers could be found. The flower fields were awash with butterflies.

The view of the four volcanoes from the beginning of Ed's trail--St. Helens, Rainier, Adams and Hood--were particularly clear after the rainfall of the previous days.

If I go up next year, I'll probably rent a jeep somewhere like Enterprise

the bridge is washed out and I wouldn't recommend taking dogs. unless they can walk across trees to cross the water.

Great hike. Puts you in at The Elk Meadows trailhead then connects you to this trail. Don’t forget to walk back to where the trail turns off to Sahalie Falls trail. The first half is harder than the second, so after the payoff of the gorgeous falls, it’s a pleasant hike. Would do again.

on Ramona Falls Trail

hiking
7 days ago

This was a beautiful hike! The waterfall more than makes up for the almost constant uphill approach.
It seems like everyone prefers Ramona Falls trail #797 over PCT especially on the approach. The problem is the signage on the trail. At the 3-way junction where the loop part starts (about a mile from the parking lot and after you cross the river) we thought we were going on Ramona Falls Trail if we go straight because the arrows were pointing that way. Not so. You have to turn left. I've uploaded a few pics of the junction and the signage.

On the border of easy to moderate but very pretty hike!

hiking
9 days ago

awesome hike, pretty views.. i would say the more on the easy side of moderate. only challenge is crossing the river but it’s low enough right now it wasn’t an issue.

Hiked 07/07/18

Fun hike. The south side trail on the river is still closed but the north side of the river is open however somewhat primitive. There are some risky spots with sheer ledges. There is a spot with a 32’ steel ladder to traverse into the bottom of one of the canyons. Might not be good for kiddos but with that said I would have taken mine.

The first part of the trail is all paved and it has a suspension bridge that was fun. This is a loop that is surely easy to navigate. Once you hike off the pavement and onto the dirt trail it gets challenging. Have fun and be careful.

We’re new to hiking and took our girls (7 & 9). They were starting to moan a bit towards the top, but once they saw the waterfall all complaining stopped. There is one part closer to the falls where I think some rocks fell so they are directing everyone to a lower path. When trying to get back up to the main path it was steep and the dirt was very loose which was challenging with younger kids. Overall, the falls make it all worth it.

I don’t know where google took us, but it wasn’t to the right trail. We walked 2.5 miles total and could only hear the waterfall. Kinda bummed. Woulda been nice to see it. Hopefully I’ll be in the area again and can find the correct trail.

Nice trail! Well maintained and for as busy as we expected it to be based on the cars we didn’t really run into to many people on the trail. The lake was not what I would call a mirror but is was about noon and there were plenty of people enjoying the water. I’d love to do this again in the winter with snowshoes.

Very pretty, short trail to a nice waterfall.

This place is beautiful. If you are looking towards the forest from the parking lot, you can hear the falls. The trail starts back up the road you came to the right, you will see a little opening.

a lot of fun to go to the lower part of the falls!

on Lava Canyon Trail

hiking
10 days ago

We hiked Lava Canyon last week 7/3/18. Love this hike! The upper loop is moderate, and safe for most healthy people. If you don't like heights this isn't for you.

Hiking down into the canyon should be rated difficult. There are 90 ft cliffs. People have died in this canyon. There is alot of loose rock which makes narrow stretches slick, and sketchy! A family with small child behind us turned around and left at the first one of those sections. Good idea!

There is a rock formation in the middle of the canyon that people call "The Ship". Climbing it reminds my wife of Hobbits climbing Mt Mordor, so we call it Mordor rock. The view from the top is beautiful. You can look back at the Lava Canyon waterfalls from it. Well worth the climb.

on Ramona Falls Trail

11 days ago

good hike. get there early on the weekend. beautiful views and scenery.

An easy and beautiful walk through the forest right by the river. Highly recommend! Especially for an early evening stroll. There is a $5 fee for use but you can’t pay it at the parking lot, you have to get a pass at specific locations in town.

hiking
11 days ago

A beautiful hike today! We started at Elk Meadows Trailhead and traveled counter-clockwise. Super pretty with lots of wildflowers and expansive views. Umbrella Falls were flowing well and we ate lunch on a log around there before heading down past Sahalie Falls. We almost missed the trail to Sahalie, but saw the sign last minute. We decided not to go all the way down as it looked relatively steep and we couldn’t fully see where it ended. So we got to see it from the top

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