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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
2 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.

hiking
6 days ago

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

hiking
13 days ago

Really enjoyable even in the cold. The views of the lake were really something.

14 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:(

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.

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.

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.

We couldn’t make it to the trailhead by 1 mile because the snow was too thick. 4WD required. We will try again!

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.

on Tam-a-lau Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great views of the lake, river canyon and mountains. We were literally the only people on the trail and only 2 boats on the lake far below. Signage for the trail wasn't very obvious from the road -- park in the Upper Deschutes Day Use Area in the single car section, then walk the short distance back up to the main road and cross it; the trail starts on the other side. All effort and elevation gain (pretty minimal at 600 ft) is in the first mile to the top. Looking down into the canyon at certain points on the rim can feel a little freaky if you have any fear of heights! (Even driving up and down the canyon in this spectacular state park may result in white knuckles. Road was dry when we were there, but chains are recommended if there are winter conditions.)

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and serene.

amazing views and a great well kept trail!

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! :)

Amazing scenery, quick, fun, intense hike. Misery Ridge portion is not kid or dog friendly in my opinion with crowds and vertical drops.

Terrific hike. Great view from the ridge a little past the lake.

Great hike! Amazing views from halfway to the top. Lots of doggos, so keep them on a leash, but other than that really not too busy for the first saturday in November!

on Tumalo Mountain Trail

1 month ago

Went this last weekend. Nice family hike. Recorded 4.5 miles round trip. Some ice on the trail but no snow and very cool iced up trees landscape at the top. Super cold and windy at the top as well. Heavy traffic.

hiking
1 month ago

THIS IS FREAKING AMAZING! The only thing that makes me sad is that I don´t have any formal experience climbing. The views are stunning. Loved it! For me it wasn't a hard hike as some people say, I think moderate is accurate. Lots of people.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! The trail is iced over in quite a few places. You might want to use cleats or hiking poles to keep from going for a slide.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice steady graded hike, best to use spikes due to snow and ice making walk down unsafe. Moraine Lake is spectacular, views super, and the solitude healing.

Definition of a steady incline from the start to finish but wasn’t too difficult. Views from the top are incredible!

on Black Butte Trail

2 months ago

Amazing views!

hiking
2 months ago

A great hike with breathtaking views. Hiked this today with a family of 5, 10 years being the youngest and a energetic dog. Mid-November and it was a cool start, still plenty of hikers! Very popular trail. I was worried reading some of these reviews that this was going to be challenging. The kids were just about to think it was when we saw the watch towers and knew we were close. We used a Garmin and found it to be about 2.4 miles to the top. (and as stated in other reviews, it is up, the whole way!). We made it in about 70 minutes up and 50 minutes down, in good tennis shoes, nothing fancy. Path is relatively soft and easy to walk, top has more rock “stairs” and can require more careful footing. As stated, it was cool today, if hiking on a warm day, start early and bring plenty of water. Had a great time, highly recommend!

It is 35 minutes from Sisters, and all but the last mile+ were good/great roads. The last little bit is rough but doable. Not a lot of parking, both lots full when we left and it is not peak season. But there is a pit toilet at the trailhead.

We are an active family, young children and inactive people will likely need to take their time.

hiking
2 months ago

Quiet and peaceful. Great during the summer, not to crowded, the water isn’t too cold.

Awesome trail, very busy, very doable for anyone. Easy trail and short enough to take your time. $5 parking fee.

Beautiful trail to the top. Quite the Climb though.

great views and nice loop

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