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This trail was close to 13 miles from the Bonneville trailhead. Most of the trail is on the moderate side of hard, except the final maybe 1/2 mile push up the Butte, but the trail is road size width. My alltrails app has been malfunctioning past couple of hikes. You walk around and to the south. At the Carpenter lake/PCT/ Table Mountain/ Two chiefs trails you go onto the Carpenter lake Trail and follow it to the west side of the lake ( you can also get to table mountain and cedar creek mountain via Aldrich Butte, but I am unaware of the trail conditions at this time. On the table Mountain hike from this route you would have to cross cedar creek, which is pretty raging this time of year) where the trail veers and goes up hill. The last part up to the butte is long and steep. Great views of the gorge and hardy ridge from the top of Aldrich Butte. On the carpenter Lake trail there is a sketch bridge, the trail is overgrown and not very well kept. It looks like not many people hike this trail since the closure of the hot springs. Also lots of knew debris on the PCT since the recent wind storms. Wind gusts were reported at up to 80mph at crown point in the gorge on 1/14/19 and on the weather apps it said North Bonneville was 25mph. My moving time was 6hrs 30 mins and total time was close to 8 hours. I started at 5:30am in the dark and finished at 1:11pm. Saw no people the Entire hike until I was finishing and close to the Bonnevile/ PCT/ Bridge of the Gods trail junctions, a woman and her leashed pup. No cars in the parking lot when I started and 3 other cars in the lot when I finished. One bathroom stall was open this week. Trail parking area and trash were clean. You do need a NW forrest pass, national parks pass or $5/day parking pass to park here. If doing a day pass you can pay at the trailhead or pay and print online.

Steep all the way up. I went in February 2018 on a rare sunny day. Gorgeous views of the gorge. The mountain weather changes drastically up top. Wear layers or at least pack prepared. I remember the wind being brutal. I’d love to go back when the flowers are blooming. Interesting history of the mountain too.

Stunning falls. beautiful clear blue water. pretty easy hike. We had a perfect winter day, not too busy, but I can see where it would be in the summer. Seriously gorgeous though

Hiked on 1/14/19. Super steep. Went up the difficult side which I feel good about because it was harder than heck. The last 1/2 mile was fog fog fog and icy. Not safe conditions doing it alone with out proper equipment. I will definitely hike this again.

Lovely hike! It splits shortly down the trail k to two trails: dry creek to the right, Trapper to the left. We went down about 3.5 miles before turning back and only ran into one other couple hiking. They said they saw elk, we missed them. The trail runs by the creek/river but wasn’t directly on the creek except for a few spots. Lovely scenery and it was completely walkable this time. However, it’s been a mild winter and there would usually be snow this time of year.

Completed 1.4.19. Wayyyy too many tourists at the falls for my liking. On a nice day, I assume they’re at the top too since you can drive there. The hike itself is a grind, but good if you want hours of solitude. I didn’t see anyone for several miles at a time once I got a mile or two in. Zero exposure, so you don’t have a sense of your elevation until the very end. Heavy fire damage throughout, which was heartbreaking, and zero visibility at the top due to weather, although I knew that going in. Significant snow the last 2+ miles. Yaktrax helped. Take food if you’re going out and back. It’s a long hike! A good move I think would be to do it as an end to end, go early morning on a clear day from the falls before the tourists arrive and have someone pick you up at the end.

Amazing beauty with old growth and stunning waterfalls.

completed on 12/31
This trail is closer to 14.0mi out&back. It features all 4 seasons, starts off at Multnomah Falls with some sunshine and some breeze, next part of trail is all about slushy ground and many creeks running through (in several areas, I had to utilize my minimal knowledge of rock climbing and tree grabbing to get myself across the running water without getting completely wet). Later, for about 1.5mi, the ground/rocks/fallen trees/log bridges were frosted over with fresh layer of slippery ice. And for the remainder of ascending up, trail was covered with up-to 3 inches of snow.
I was hoping to trail run parts of this trail, but didn't feel safe for most of the trail. I would totally recommend to any adventurers out there! It is a beautiful hike with amazing views❤

This was a great hike, would do it again on a cooler day, the lack of tree canopy makes it too warm on a hot day.

I’ve done it twice. Great trail.

Went today January 5th, saw 4-5 other groups the entire time. Absolutely gorgeous waterfalls. The water was very clear/blue. The forest was covered in moss and everything was very green.

The road to the trailhead is pretty bad - lots of potholes - but totally worth it. I hear this trail is very crowded in the summer. I’d highly recommend going in the winter if you want to experience it with less people around.

trail running
14 days ago

Alltrails has the wrong explanation of this trail. This is actually the Larch Mountain Trail of Oregon (Washington State has their own Larch Mt. trail) and it is not an Ainsworth Park trail. It’s west of that park. You can either begin at Multnomah Falls, going uphill first or 7 miles following Multnomah Creek or you can start at the top and go downhill first for 7 miles. Either way, if you’re doing an out and back, you’re going to be going uphill for 7 miles. If you do it as an out and back, I recommend starting at Multnomah Falls, so you can go downhill on the second half. Actually, this would be a great two car hike if you just want to start at the top and go downhill to Multnomah Falls. This way, you won’t have to worry about going back uphill. You can drive back up on Larch Mountain Road. But, you will have to do this during summer or early fall as Larch Mt. usually has snow and the road to the parking lot closes for the season. If you want a short hike, I would recommend you hike a mile up past Multnomah Falls as there a few falls that are worth checking out. But if you want a good workout do the whole thing. There are areas still damaged from the forest fire from 2017, so it can be an interesting hike with a PNW clear and clean creek (which is more like a river) travelling heartily towards the main falls. Although, I ran this trail, it’s not the best trail runners’ trail unless you have very good stamina and are willing to run through snow near the summit.

Great exhausting hike, and well worth it with the views and flowers. Why bother hiking a sidewalk, hike Dog mountain because you'll feel like you've been somewhere and experienced something worthwhile!

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.

Went on a cold rainy December day. Thank goodness for rain gear. It was amazingly beautiful!! The waterfalls were raging

I did this as a fall hike, and it was really lovely. I went up the “most difficult” side and came down “difficult”, and would recommend this if you struggle more with walking down steep grades more than walking up them. Beautiful views of the gorge, and done in almost exactly 3 hours.

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked 12/27/18. Mileage is closer to 13.5 - 14 miles RT. Most recordings will corroborate this.

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

Visited 12/8/18. Beautiful area to stop at for hiking, sightseeing and a great lunch spot with a couple picnic tables next to Viento falls. Paved trails look very new. Bathrooms were flushing toilets and very clean inside, but only have air dryers, no paper towels for drying your hands. I've seen this place a bunch of other times while visiting the gorge and have always wanted to stop by and check it out. I came here to hike mt defiance trail. The trailheads are easy to find. Mt defiance, starvation ridge and a couple others are on the 14 going west when you walk on the paved path. Starvation ridge from historic trail paved path is closed but you can reach it on mt defiance trail. I did not complete trails because there were creek crossings on both mt defiance and starvation ridge that had no bridges, I was wearing my summer hiking boots (not wanting to get them wet in the water), it was cold out and I was hiking alone. This area is a must stop if you have the time to check it out. I will definitely be back to hike again. Counted 4 waterfalls.

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.

Did it 12/1 and the top had 2-3” of snow. It was incredible. Followed coyote tracks for a while. Fog blew in and out. I actually loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this as my very first solo hike! A little belated birthday present to myself, too! Had an AMAZING day up there! The weather was perfect, though the chill of winter was definitely showing up! The trail was wet from rain the previous day/night, so there were a few moderately slick spots, but my hiking boots were more than enough to get past it. Had the trail mostly to myself! Took the new, scenic trail up, and the west trail back for some variation. So different-looking than in the spring! I have been on Dog Mountain I think 2 or 3 times before and the wind was the calmest I’ve ever experienced it up there. I wanted to go back as soon as I left! I think I left my heart up there! Love this hike!

Gorgeous hike with so many waterfalls! It’s busy because of the beauty and ideal for most hiking skills. Get there early and don’t complain about others wanting to enjoy this spectacular hike. Watch for slippery rocks. But enjoy God’s country!

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is on the tougher side! The loop on this trail map includes the "most difficult" section (left) and the "difficult" (right). We opted to do the "difficult" as an out and back, which is actually just a bit longer than doing the loop. Some areas are super steep, and there are rocks on the trail as you get up towards the summit. The views are amazing, and the wind whips pretty wild up top. Our dog was fine the entire way, and we ended at 7.6 miles in 3.5 hours, including a 20 minute break at the top for snacks and photos.

Great hike. Leave early! Long and rhythmic. Pretty cold up top (Nov.9). Bring gloves if going all the way to the summit.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

You have the choice of taking either the, "difficult" route or the, "more difficult" route. I regret to tell you I took the, "more difficult" route. It. Kicked. My. Ass. It was relentless. Constant climbing. Zero breaks. I recommend taking the, "difficult" route. Some parts of the trail, especially towards the top, are rocky. Wear legit hiking boots/shoes. I saw quite a few people wearing tennis shoes, which seemed really dangerous and stupid. The views are gorgeous, and even though I felt like jello by the end of it, it was worth it. This hike took me just under four hours. There's a $5 fee and a bathroom at the start of the trail.

Amazing. Hard ascent but absolutely worth it

Up was hard, it keeps going up with very few breaks but worth the views. I stayed to the right which stays closer to thev river with a nice view point. When I got to the top I went off the back and looped around to the other trail. I wish I would have went back down the way I went up. The views were better going up. The down was much harder the the up, legs were jello when I got back to the car.

Solid hike. Great forest and the view of the S side of St. Helens and the N side of Mt Hood are worth the trek for sure. There is also a shortcut to this trail that cuts your trek from a 12+ round trip to maybe a 5. The parking spot/trail head for the shortcut is on the north side of the area. Worth the research if your pressed for time or daylight.

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