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muddy
rocky
7 hours ago

This loop is not 4 miles, it’s more like 5.5! It was a great trail and I highly recommend it but if you were hoping for only 4 miles, you’ll be sad! Winter time is great, saw lots of waterfalls and not a lot of people out for a Saturday.

Beautiful view! We brought our dog. Didn’t know they weren’t allowed. We saw others as well. Beautiful view! Challenging snowshoe, totally worth it!

camping
6 days ago

Such a beautiful and amazing hike! I went in early August and didn't run into too many mosquitoes. It took about 3 hours to hike. The way there is basically all uphill but is definitely worth it! It was hard to finding a camping spot because we got there a bit late and a lot of them were taken but we found one near the trailhead. The lake was perfect temperature to swim in. Overall one of my favorite spots in the Bend area. Just make sure you have a permit because it's in the three sisters wilderness.

Did this during a wind storm on 7 December 2018. Reversing the route gave a much steeper ascent and is not recommend. Some of the trail is still beautiful, some waterfalls are amazing, but the essential beauty of several segments was lost to the fire.

snowshoeing
snow
8 days ago

Highly recommend. We went in January and there was about a foot n a half of snow. Well marked trail with blue diamonds, and lots of solitude. Blue diamonds on the trees made the trail very easy to follow and the incline/decline wasn’t bad either. Took about 3 hours on snowshoes. The falls were beautiful but we couldn’t find safe access to the lower trail. Silk worth it!

hiking
10 days ago

Loved the view inside the canyon! The falls were amazing!

Great hike, tons of waterfalls. Beautiful scenery despite scorched landscape at certain points.

Great easy hike! A little tough when you want to go down to water , which is cold.. pretty busy on a Sunday, got to parking at about 1100. Water color is amazing!!! Would love to come back when their is snow everywhere . Highly recommend.

Beautiful hike, mostly dirt but where the canopy lightened there was a little snow on the ground. By the end of the hike the snow was mostly melted. The pool was beautiful with the snow falling, but don't expect a big waterfall this time of year.

Beautiful hike up and back (overnight). Will be doing this one again.

Great hike for the start of 2019. Get there early as there is parking but it will fill up. Hike is easy and well worth it. Be prepared for lots of people. It’s a popular spot!

18 days ago

Great snowshoe trail! Though it says no dogs, plenty of responsible dog owners were on the trail. Beautiful view from the top!

Be cautious with parking at the base - some no parking signs are not apparent and we got a ticket today:(

Great trail, good challenge and great scenery. I recommend starting in the direction of Multnomah Falls, that way you can finish with fewer crowds of people.

Not a dull moment on this hike. It’s got a spectacular reveal of Monkey Face when you pop up on a ridge, plus just the right amount of toughness with the climb and descent. This is followed up with a lovely amble along the river back to the start, passing by numerous, climb-able rock faces to admire. A great showcase of the high-desert terrain this area is known for.

Loved it. Waterproof shoes were a must since waterfalls actually passed over the trails (day after rain in December). Absolutely gorgeous and not too busy, but not entirely isolated - I did it alone so it was nice to occasionally see some people.

Took us two hours to do this. Did it clockwise with the river trail first and then misery ridge. Perfect for a winter day. Misery ridge requires some climbing but the views of the canyon and river are beautiful on the way down.

Worth every step!

This was a gorgeous hike. The burn gave it an ominous feeling, which made it even more enjoyable.
Started at the Wahkeena side, that first set of switchbacks was a doozy, but led to some fabulous views. Took trail 420, it was clear and accessible. The treck back down towards the Larch mnt trail displayed the best of the burn, it was really cool. Sad, but cool.

Hiked on Saturday 12/8. The packed snow in the paved parts of the trail near the parking slots are pretty slick, and microspikes are recommended.

Directions only take you to turn for TH...2 more winding miles on road 500 to go. Hiked in early December. Beautiful in light snow. Did not see a soul. Stairs make final downward trek to pillar easy even in snow. Checked out accessible ledge with overhang to the right on unmaintained part of trail. 4 miles out and back through lovely stretch of forest. After hike, continued up road 500 for longer hike and elevation gain. Added almost 4 miles rt and map shows I could have kept going. Upper part of road is blocked to cars.

By far a gem of a hike. Even post burn.

3 miles of dirt road up to trail head. There was ice on the road and we got up in an Impreza but I wouldn’t try it without a 4WD vehicle. Once on the hike the first half is In the trees but once you get further up there are good 360 views of the valley. Up top is awesome with a fire lookout tower and more 360 views! There was about 2 feet of snow on the upper mountain but it was still easy to do.

Did this one in August. View at the top was incredible.

We hiked to Blue Pool on 11-26-2018. The trail is well maintained but there are rocks that you have to climb over so be aware that it’s not a flat path the whole way. IMO there could be a few more markers for the viewing outlooks....easy to walk right by when you don’t know to look for them. My watch said we did 4.3 miles, from the parking lot to Blue Pool and back but it’s mostly flat and was no problem for my kids (ages 11 & 10).

it was an amazing hike. fell down coming out of the cave.

Trail isn't too tough to get to super cool and unique scenery and views on the way to the cave.

amazing views and a great well kept trail!

Trail is mostly open again! Beautiful hike. Lots of waterfalls.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail all the way. (This review describes hiking up the ridge first for a counterclockwise hike, which seems to be the more common choice and my preference.) Some very steep grades on the ascent up Misery Ridge, so I like to use a trekking pole. Great views of the river canyon on the ascent, then you wind around to the back where an even more spectacular view awaits of the cool Monkey Face rock formation (look for climbers on it) and the Cascade Range all the way from Mount Bachelor to Mount Hood. Then the trail descends down around Monkey Face and follows the river in a mostly flat meander past a lot of climbing sites. (A previous reviewer compared Smith Rock SP to Zion NP, just on a smaller scale. That is exactly what I thought the first time I visited here!)

scenic driving
1 month ago

11/25/18 road going up to the trailhead is pretty slick, drive safely! :)

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