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hiking
4 days ago

So calm,so cozy

backpacking
6 days ago

Hiked this trail over this gorgeous weekend in October. Quite a few day hikers up to the viewpoint. No one after that. We stayed at Goat Creek with one other group. Took a day hike the next day well past the Kinzel Lake trail connection. Found MANY piles of semi-fresh cat scat on the trail. Also found evidence of bear activity and a paw print. Definitely had "that feeling" of being watched/followed for much of this part of the trial (from about mile 5.5-8 or so). We made lots of noise. On the way back to camp found a very fresh cat print in the trail. Made more noise :). Stay in groups (please) if you hike past Goat Creek. There definitely is wildlife in abundance past that point.

great hike but definitely do the loop

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible hike, started off on Sunday with it snowing and headed counter clockwise. If you really wanted to you could finish this hike in three days and still enjoy the beauty! The next few days were really nice, very cold early morning. After a few minutes of hiking you warmed up quickly! Lots of up hill on this trail. Dicks creek camp is small and was the most disappointing camp on the trail, avoid if possible.

This trail is currently closed for a month because of a deadly cougar attack until they find the cougar that killed the hiker on the nearby Hunchback Trail.

"The Forest Service closed more than 29,000 acres in the Hunchback Mountain area to public use as officials continue to search for the cougar suspected of causing the death of a Gresham hiker.
The area will be closed for at least 30 days, though the order could end early or be extended depending on the progress of the operation."

backpacking
1 month ago

We arrived at the trail about 9:00 a.m. on a holiday weekend and imagine our surprise when we were the only car at the trailhead! We hiked to a beautiful campsite about 6 miles in and made base camp. Hiked the next day to the lake and back. We passed only 2 people the entire time we were on the trail.

PLEASE NOTE: from about mile 1.5 until about mile 5 there were many cougar tracks ON THE TRAIL. It was difficult to know how fresh they were - there were some human prints obscuring some of the tracks. We did find scat that appeared to be 4-5 days old so figured the track were as well. The deer and elk are plentiful and so I'm sure that is a draw.

Know what to do if you see a cougar before you hike around in the NW!

hiking
1 month ago

Have hiked this trail many times and enjoy it a lot. It's one of those "go to" spots when I just want to get away without having to put a lot of effort into it. The terrain is easy, trail well marked. Lots of places to camp in the first 2 miles, a few after. You can actually link up with other trails and make your way all the way to the PCT. From there there's Timothy Lake to the south and Mt. Hood to the north.

Good for dogs!

hiking
1 month ago

My trek was slightly modified from the actual loop trail. The overnights were:

1. Berkeley Park
2. James Camp
3. Elysian Fields
4. Moraine Park

The trek down to Berkeley is relatively easy and mostly downhill into a forested area. You continue down until you reach a glacial river. I recommend getting water before this point unless you want a clogged filter. They also just added bridges there, so watch for cairns and other plastic tags to guide you to the trail onward.

By the time I reached the intersection for the natural bridge, I rock scrambled over into Elysian Fields, which is pretty dry... at least it was when I went a few weeks ago. Obviously, bugs are in abundance. Also had to scramble a lot of rocks and negotiate a lot of steep inclines to get to Moraine Park and out, so if you're cross-country trekking the area, be prepared.

All in all, the trek was well worth it and there's an abundance of nature. Expect a few miserable hills. Part from that, not too buggy on the trail compared to some of the other areas I've been and not very humid in August. Layer your clothing even in the summer!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, great views! There is a lot of climbing(10k) and descending so be prepared. The river crossings(Winthrop Creek, White River) can be potentially dangerous so check conditions ahead of time(call Longmire or White River ranger stations). Luckily for us both bridges were solid and crossings were smooth. If the bridges have washed out, either turn back or follow the guidelines for crossing a river safely(can be found at the ranger stations or online) We saw a black bear which was really amazing. We ended up doing the route clockwise and stayed at Mystic Lake, Yellowstone Cliffs and Fire Creek. Our total trip was 35 ish miles as we walked in to fire creek(.4 miles each way), walked to the Natural Bridge(.7 miles each way), and started at Sunrise Visitor Center(2.1 miles each way to the actual loop). You can add on another 6 miles by walking the out and back to Lake Eleanor through Grand Park. Overall, this is a very well maintained trail and the rangers and park staff are friendly and super helpful. If you don't stay at Fire creek, keep in mind there is no other water source(filtered of course) between Van Horn Creek and Lodi Creek.

backpacking
1 month ago

A great overnight if you are used to putting in 10+ mile days. Went clockwise getting most elevation out of the way on the first day, then Camped at Wasco lake and cruised to the parking lot through the major burn areas on day 2. First day was almost completely caught in a cloud with a steady rain all night, but the second day was full of sun and incredible views of Three Fingered Jack, Black Butte, Mt. Washington, and even glimpses of broken top through the clouds!

Tough hike, but so worth it! We went counterclockwise, departing the parking lot at 3:30 on Friday, stayed the night at Booth Lake, put in a tough slog on Saturday, and camped at Summit Lake Saturday night. A parking permit is required at the parking lot, but there didn't appear to be anywhere to buy one. We have a NW Forest Pass, but you could probably buy a parking pass at the Detroit ranger station (the lot is regulated by Willamette NF, but the trail is regulated by Deschutes NF). The second half of the hike was extremely dry - load up on water at Wasco Lake. Highly recommend dog booties - lots of hot sand and sharp rocks. Finally, for the love of god, PLEASE pack out all your trash. I came across used toilet paper and a bag of dog poo.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did this in a group of 4 two weeks ago. Beautiful sites, less the smoke. The Bridge was out on the West White River bellow Fire Creek/between James Lake. Luckily found a log that was down river from the main trail that made crossing safer and easier. We took 3.5 days and spent 3 night going counter clockwise. Definitely closer to 35 miles, over 36 if you see the natural bridge, which was gorgeous.

Thought I was on the easy trail but completed this one nonetheless. A few logs to navigate over or under or around, which my Westie didn't appreciate, but the views at the end were a nice payoff. Also several worthy views along the way if you can't or don't want to complete the whole hike.

We back packed this in two days, but beware it was pretty tough. Badger lake was pretty full of campers by the time we got there, most with unsocialized dogs. At least there were no bears!

backpacking
2 months ago

Great hike, great views

backpacking
3 months ago

Great hike. Wild flowers and butterflies abounded. We took our time and did it in three days hiking counter clockwise, Tuesday thru Thursday. First night at Jack Lake. Kind of ok for swimming, doesn’t get deep enough and you sink down to mid calf level in the muck. As stated previously it is very windy and the fine silt blows right into your tent through the mesh. Best to camp back by the parking lot in one of the spots with a picnic table. More protected. Day two Canyon Creek Meadows was amazing. This made it worth every dusty hot step we had to take getting there. We saw four mountain goats-including a mom with her baby. The glacial tarn is beautiful and the views restorative. Second night at Wasco Lake. Mosquitoes weren’t too bad, and we were the only ones there. Great Lake to swim in-not too cold-gets deep quickly. Really enjoyed our afternoon lazing in the sun after our swim.
Hiked out on day three. On this portion of the trail the mosquitos we’re bothersome whenever we stopped for a snack or rest. If you bring your dog-definitely get booties to protect their paws. We met one poor dog at 2:00 p.m. near the end of the trail, and it was hiding in the bushes trying to get away from the heat and hot sandy trail...I hope the owners turned back, as they were just heading out for Wasco Lake.

camping
3 months ago

Did this trip as our first overnight backpacking trip in mid June. Hiked the little over 8 miles to Linney Creek Trail and camped at the site there right next to the river. The water was great through a filter. The trail never got too steep and had a few beautiful view spots. There were many creeks on the trail as a water source as well.

Did this two and a half day hike several years ago in August. It can be completed quicker but why? Very hot but wandering in and out of the evergreen forests made for mostly pleasant times Several cold water springs are spaced out just right. Wildlife and scenery every day makes it very interesting. The mouth of the volcano is breathtaking. Trails are well marked on this moderate hiking experience. Take a side route to Johnson’s Ridge and the national monument to learn about the pre, active, and post activity the Mountain put on display. RIP Harry Truman on this mountain of adventure.

backpacking
3 months ago

Beautiful views and great swimming lakes! We hiked it clockwise spending the first night at Wasco lake and the second night at Square lake. Overall a great hike but be prepared for HOT sandy trails that will burn dog's feet on hot days (it was 95 degF). Bring gators for sand. 90% of this hike is in the burn/full sun, only 10% of this hike is in the shade. Plenty of mosquitoes on the PCT between Santiam pass and Wasco lake. There's not much water between Santiam pass and Koko lake so bring a lot of water or fill up when you can. Wasco lake was crowded with hikers and mosquitoes. Square lake was awesome with no people and few mosquitoes! I'd recommend this hike, especially on days cooler than 90 degF and after mosquito season is over!

backpacking
3 months ago

the first half of the trail is beautiful and we'll maintained. I saw no one after the first five miles or so. however the second half of the loop clearly has not been maintained in the last 10 years or so. you will be pushing through dense brush for a few miles. both of my water bottles were pulled from my pack at different times by branches. there are also very few places to camp after the 9 mile Mark. however there are ample opportunities to refill your water bottles. I likely wouldnt do the full trail as described on this trail.

Good legs workout to the tower, from pansy lake. A dozen or so trees across the trail. Bugs. Gorgeous view at the top.

Beautiful hike! I hiked it counter clockwise all in one day. Definitely recommend taking more than one day to do this hike, especially in the summer. It was very hot as most of the hike is not shaded due to old burn areas. Absolutely love this hike though, one of my favorites!!

I backpacked this route on July 1st and 2nd, 2018. Starting at Windy Ridge, I went counter clockwise around the mountain, choosing to get through the approximately 10 mile no camping zone on the north side first.

The parking area is the Windy Ridge interpretive center and the road that shows on maps leading from there to a closer trail head is gated off. You will have to hike from Windy Ridge about two miles to get to the Loowit Trail. A National Forest Pass is required to park, but no other fees or permits are required for this hike.

The north side of the volcano is the side that blew up in the May 18, 1980 eruption. It is still very much a desolate area with no trees and very little vegetation beyond grass and some beautiful fields of flowers. The numerous river flows off the mountain are wide areas of rocky ground over which any semblance of a trail cannot survive from year to year. Look for the stacked stone cairns and single wood posts that mark the trail.

The first couple of miles on this route crossed several rivers that were still flowing with water, but after that there was no water available until the Toutle River on the west flank of the mountain. The desent into the Toutle River gorge was a little hairy. The trail traverses steep slopes consisting of loose volcanic gravel and should be traveled with extreme care. At the bottom, the last 50 feet to the river bed can only be reached hand over hand down a knotted rope anchored at the top for that purpose. It is a steep enough drop that you will not be able to keep your feet should you let go of the rope.

The Toutle River was not difficult to cross at the time I traversed it, but I found the area on the south side of the river to have surprisingly few decent camp sites. Camping here was also challenging in that water had to be retrieved from the Toutle, which had rope assisted climbs in and out of it on both sides. I located a camp site a short distance further down the trail to the south near a stream.

The southern portion of the mountain is characterized by large and very deep washes that are both challenging and hazardous to cross. One was steep enough that ropes had been fixed on both sides. Without them, it wouldn't be possible to get through it. There are also large stretches of lava fields where the trail is often visible only because of the marker posts. Trekking poles are invaluable tools in this terrain and don't expect to make good time.

I encountered no water sources from my camp near the Toutle River all the way to a stream a short distance from June lake, a distance of 10 miles, give or take. I also saw few camp sites, those that were there being devoid of water sources. I did not visit June Lake, though I was told by other hikers that camp sites were available there.

From June Lake the trail begins a steady uphill stretch that seems to go on forever. On the eastern side there was a section of wash outs, some six or seven in a row. Once your are through that, the trail levels out for an awe inspiring walk across the plains of Abraham. The views of both Mt St Helens and the hills to the east are incredible.

The decent down the ridge on the Abraham Trail is steep and covered in loose gravel. There are wooden steps set in the trail to assist hikers in keeping their feet, and they are necessary. It was very windy when I went through here, to the point that I was nearly knocked off my feet a couple of times.

Overall, this was one of the most beautiful and rugged hikes I've ever been on and I highly recommend it for experienced hikers that are looking for a challenging trail.

The dust and ash through the "restricted zone" was quite aggravating to breathe, especially over an extended amount of time. The trail itself is not very demanding, with elevation gain and loss mostly through the "restricted zone". Be wary of filtering water through streams in and near the "restricted zone" as they are loaded with silt. We filtered water through a clear-looking stream and our filter had a fair amount of silt in it afterwards and required back-flushing.

hiking
3 months ago

Completed on July 4th. We accessed Elk Cove from the Vista Ridge TH to avoid the possible construction issue at original trailhead. It's approx 8.8 miles going this route-> http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Elk_Cove_from_Vista_Ridge_Hike
Snow on the trail in spots on the upper vista ridge section through to nearing Dollar Lake & Elk Cove, but was not an issue, easy to walk on.
Very up close views of Mt Hood & various flowers throughout.

backpacking
3 months ago

This trail is beautiful, but I didn’t get a chance to experience the whole of it. My itinerary started at Sunrise, with plan for first night at James, then on to Yellowstone Cliffs, Dick Creek, and Granite Creek campsites. The West Fork of the White River was running too fast and I decided against a dangerous crossing with 2 kids. I arrived at the river ~4pm and the crux of the crossing was sucking hard on my boots. We rested near the river until 4am the next morning to reasses, but the night was fairly warm and the drop in river level was not enough to make it crossable to a family (approx 3-4 inches). As a 200lb person, I’m confident that I could’ve crossed, but it would’ve been sketchy I had no safe strategy for the rest of my family. So we walked out and got to experience a double-helping of Grand Park, Berkeley Park, the mighty mountain and Burroughs in snow flurries. I’ll be back, but either earlier or later in the season.

camping
3 months ago

Started counterclockwise. The sun was HOT through the burnt forest, but as we trucked on the breeze cooled us down. We stopped at small creeks along the way. We passed wasco lake as it there were many campers, and moved up to Koko lake. There was a perfect spot to setup camp about 200 yards off of the trail. Another 100 yard walk and we had a beautiful overlook of wasco lake. There was some snow to hike through on the north west side of the mountain, but following the footprints (and bear prints) lead us the right way back to the PCT 2000. If you’re doing this as an overnight bring more water than you’d expect. I loved this hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked counter clockwise. First night we stayed at Jack Lake and it was miserable. The east side of Jack lake is incredibly windy. Use the camping grounds they have set up instead of camping off trail. Not enough new growth to block out the wind. We ended up with dirt in our tents and made it hard to sleep. Day two we hit the meadows and went up to the crater and saw the glacier run off. After that lunch at Wasco lake. We're now camped at 6300ft off the PCT. The sunset was incredible and this camping site is perfect. After you hit the snow pack run offs that form the veins on the east side of Jack. You will pass a spot that you could almost overlook. It's around 5.4 miles from the end of the trailI, about 300 feet off trail west with a spot for a tent and a firepit. Tonight made up for last night's wind storm!!! Beautiful views and a great camping spot.

backpacking
4 months ago

A great loop trail through beautiful scenery. We hiked it counter-clockwise in two days. Be careful not to lose the trail - with snow (still present above 6,000' in mid-June 2018) this is a concern.

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