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Attempted this 3 times and only made it to the top once. The last bit is insane.

This is a really beautiful area with a very easy hike in. We camped for only one night in October, but it was really magical as we had Duffy Lake entirely to ourselves.

Hiked on 03/28/18. Started at Fish Creek trailhead. Went to Pup Creek Falls. Fell into Pup Creek while making the crossing because those last two rocks were slippery! Gotta be more careful there for sure next time. Went to Indian Henry trailhead, then did the return trip, stopping again at PC Falls to add as many miles as I could to the trip. Total 16.3 miles for the day.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! super beautiful with all the fallen trees!

There was still snow on the trail, I would definitely wear boots if you have them. There is a lot of foot traffic. So quiet and beautiful, we can’t wait to do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

Must pay to park; no prepaid park passes can be used. Make sure to pay at Fish Creek even if you park one car at Indian Henry. Trail is narrow and steep in some places but maintained well. Made passing others challenging in most areas especialyl with dogs. One large creek crossing with no bridge was extremely difficult in March. Trail is adjacent to the Hwy, some powelines, and you can hear the buzz from the electrical plant. Parking was full, we had to step through large amounts of garbage to get to the restroom.

Snowy, beautiful, amazingness! Had to navigate through some slick areas but well worth the effort. Glad I had trekking poles and good traction boots. No snow towards the viewpoint.

Dear lord, talk about an ass kicker! Just constant uphill for 4.5 miles. The only reason to do this trail is for the challenge cuz there’s nothing else. No big waterfall, no epic views

hiking
3 months ago

Had the trail to myself except for a few fishermen. Trail got a little soft and muddy in places as the day went on so go early when it's still frozen.

Haven’t hiked to the end but if you want to walk close to a roaring river a lot then this is for you! Disclaimer, the first little bit you are walking around a ridge so at first you are far from the river but when you go down, you enter a magical grove a trees with a creek and the roaring river going around it. I feel like I didn’t want to go any further b/c it’s so charming and inviting!
PS at the trailhead pay attention to the signage since the parking lot is this trail on one side and the Old Salmon River trailhead is on the other side. Easy to confuse the trails.

horseback riding
3 months ago

My favorite time of year to hike the Green Lakes trail is in the late summer to see the wildflowers. I've also been in the late fall (snowfall permitting) though and it was just as beautiful!

I loved this hike. Quiet and not crowded like some of the others in this area. It was a bit dusty in the beginning but the scenery more than made up for it.

Trail is good. Some ice around where the cliffs/water run off is. Trail could also use some weedwacking around the powerline areas.

backpacking
5 months ago

Awesome hike, haven’t done it in a year or so but looking forward to my next trip. Camped up here then went up the side of south sister

backpacking
5 months ago

Are there enough campsites around the lake for backpackers

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail. Not a lot of switchbacks or steep climbs. Beautiful views. I loved hiking along the water.

hiking
5 months ago

The start of this trail is hard to figure out because the footbridge is washed out near the creek. Before this, there isn't really any indications where to find the area where you should park to get on trail in first place. Also there is a place about .5 mile into hike where logs are strewn across so you won't go uphill, etc. Anyways, we crossed roaring creek on a fallen log to make it onto other side, and then was able to get onto trail. First mile or so is pretty easy and flat, but then it climbs up pretty fast. The bonanza mine is interesting to see but the trail is narrow in general and steep on both sides...not recommended for families or kids, etc.

I agree mileage seems incorrect on trail. We didn't make it to the top but someone had gps device that said we hiked 4 miles, which was around the mine location halfway up the trail. So somehow the mileage is off 2-4 miles or something just to get to top...but not sure how accurate those devices are.

Gorgeous and magical fall hike!

Gorgeous!!!! Majestic!!!

Gorgeous area, especially in early October as the fall colors are brilliant in the area. Had the whole place to ourselves all day. Easy hiking except finding the trailhead was a little challenging - set back from the end of the road on the right. The trail was much shorter than described - about 2.5 miles RT.

6 months ago

Hi, for those who recently hiked the trail Do I need to worry about snow on some trails? thanks

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing hike along Fall Creek to Green Lakes. Arrived at the trailhead around 9am and had no trouble parking. The views of South Sister and Broken Top were spectacular, not to mention the beautiful creek and lakes.

Beautiful, scenic hike. I'd say it's on the easier side of moderate. Love that you're walking right near the river almost the whole time. The sounds, smells, views - all worth every step! Lots of salmon in the river today. Had fun watching them swim and flop around. Definitely recommend. Will go back again!

This was a rewarding hike. We hiked in to Thielsen Creek and camped for the night and then summited the next day. It was a tough hike for me, but it was worth it at the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Great rewards for this hike…. rapid flowing mountain stream with rapids, water falls and wild flowers. Ending at two lakes with outstanding view of South Sister and Broken Top mountains! It has it all. NFS guide list this as the most popular hike in Oregon. We could see why! Note to travelers (as of August 2017)… coming from Bend there is no sign on Cascades Parkway for trailhead parking! You enter on the right at the construction stop light and can miss if not paying attention (we did).

backpacking
7 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike. Stopped at Green Lake and camped for the night. Do not be discouraged by the fact that this is 'highly trafficked.' We saw some trail runners and other day hike/backpackers, but nothing excessive, on a Saturday and Sunday. Everyone was kind and helpful. Bottom of the trail is more populated, by the time you get to Green lake there are less people. Planning a through hike to Green, then gold lake, then out via the Park Meadow trail, for next year.

The smaller green lake isn't that cold in August, I recommend going for a dip if your joints are hurting at all.

hiking
8 months ago

Went on a Monday in late July. Only one there. Lake was very serene.

Beautiful little mountain lake. We just did the 12-mile loop from the trailhead below Shellrock Lake. There are some tough climbs but the Friday night we spent there was great. Looked like it was getting crowded when we left Saturday afternoon.

Amazing hike, quite difficult without gear. I had to turn around a few hundred feet from the summit because I was alone and didn't want to risk it. I would recommend going with someone and bringing climbing gear.

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