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hiking
8 days ago

Quarry to Peterson Ridge Tie Trail to Whychus Creek Overlook. Back on Whychus Draw Trail to Metolious Windigo Trail and back to trail. This mileage x2 due to technical difficulty. No bikes, no horses, very few other hikers. Beautiful. The best scenery was on the Metolious Windigo side of this loop.

What an awesome hike. Did some fishing also and we caught a trout and a salmon. Pretty easy hike for some beautiful views.

This hike was incredibly beautiful. Watching all the rock climbers along the way is an added bonus. I highly recommend doing Misery Ridge, and know I will definitely do it again. There's pretty good elevation change and stairs, so I wouldn't do it if you have bad knees! Overall LOVED it.

backpacking
16 days ago

I've hiked this trail twice so far. Both times I went clockwise and not the ccw most recommend. I prefer getting the elevation done the first day, camp around green lakes then hike the rest in the morning.

Went hear last November looking for hikes without snow in the bend area! This was was a great little hike in a canyon!

This is my 'local' so to speak.I try to hit at least part of the trail 3-4 times a week.Unparalled dog walking. The main trail is real dusty at the moment because of v. dry summer,but you can walk a smaller trail right next to the creek.The creek features numerous small pools along the way with lovely scenery including beautiful rock formations.During the week few others use the trail,however it gets quite lively on summer weekends.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful walk along the river.

Beautiful mellow hike. Lots of creek/falls viewpoints. A few steep rocky parts, but they were short.

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful this time of year, just be careful in some spots where the dirt is pretty loose.

What a great trail! Off the beaten path which I loved. The trail loops around and leads down to Wychus Creek which is spectacular! One helpful note... to stay on the trail that leads down to creek there is a sharp right turn about 1/8 mile before the sign for Wychus Creek. It’s not obvious but it’s marked for horses as well. Thankfully another hiker told us about it.

hiking
1 month ago

very easy great swimming spot

Did this hike 6 week postpartum. It was very challenging as I wasn’t in great shape yet, but was very doable. I definitely recommend! Go early! Wear sunscreen and don’t forget water! Very rewarding views. Lots of going up and but going down is challenging too with loose spots. Take your time!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the loop on 9/27 - 9/28 of 2018 CCW. The first few miles in this direction is through an area that has completely burned out and the dead trees look very eerie. Glad I went CCW so as to get this section over in the beginning of the trek and leave the great views for the end.

Lots of water sources in all areas EXCEPT NONE between the southern part where the trail turns sharply north. Before you start the northerly trek up to No Name Lake (CCW direction), be sure you have plenty of water. Lake and creek are not safe to drink. Lot's of sweat and the need to stay hydrated is very important. Three liters was barely enough for myself and dog. Were thirsty when arriving back to the lake and TH.

Worst part of the trip was being worried about following the correct trail. The entire Rim trail is horribly marked and there's several intersections with trails that have NO signs and are not on any map or Garmin. It was kind of crazy this way! Example, you're walking the RIM trail and you come across a sign that simply says "TRAIL" with an arrow heading off to the cliff. Then there's fork where it says horses one direction and hikers in the other, so you think you're at the section where the livestock trail begins and you only have 1.5 miles to the lake. But then a couple more miles later you actually come to that junction and wonder what the heck just happened.

Overall great hike but plan accordingly with water and be sure to navigate well. If you take the wrong path then you'll add extra miles on to your trip.

Only did half of this (footbridge to summit & back) due to time, but a threat hike! Not for the inexperienced or out of shape. Will come back to finish this this and other again soon.

hiking
1 month ago

Few people on the trail. Secluded forest trail that opens up to breathtaking view of the Paulina caldera. A little steep at times that makes it a difficult trail to hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Fairly easy hike, with some moderately steep parts, but overall barely broke a sweat. Worth the short trek! Incredibly beautiful waterfall, with many small swimming spots. Didn’t fish, but could see lots of large trout swimming around. Also, looks like there are nice camping spots just down the dirt street from the trailhead.

Did this as a snow hike December ‘16 on a clear day and it’s one of the best hikes I will ever go on!! You can distinctly see every mountain in the Oregon Cascade range, it will take your breath away

Amazing things to see here the whole
Time . I really had to stop every few steps and look again as it changes so fast including climbers doing their thing on all the rock walls around

Hiked this morning from the boat landing. A bit nippy and our first frost sighting of the year. Hike was great. Fantastic views and good morning of exercise. Best of all, no cars at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely area. Can't go wrong with any trail around here. I went from Green Lakes Trail, camped at the base of the mountain, and summited the next morning. The walk is pretty straight forward. There is one 20 foot vertical wall at the top. It is recommended to use ropes on this wall. Be careful!

Here is a video showing the summit route:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eZm0lBVqDc

Hiked in September with my dog and really enjoyed it. Easy to moderate with a few rough spots but overall very nice. You will want to use a trail shoe for traction as the dusty trail can be a bit slippery the slanted portions .

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike to the lookout and down to the bottom. The falls were covered in green algae.

hiking
2 months ago

fun, easy trail with great views of the falls

hiking
2 months ago

My friends and I didn’t actually hike the loop start to finish. Ended up starting at Green Lakes TH on accident, but we made it to Golden Lake the first night. Great views of The Sisters and Broken Top the whole way and at the campsite. Turned around the second day and back to Green Lakes and up to Small Creek. Took most of our gear off and went and summited Broken Top. I recommend not using the app and stick to the trail signs if you are coming from that direction (soda creek, green lakes) it ended up taking us basically straight up part of the mountain without a visible trail. Hiked about 20 miles the second day. Spent our second night towards Green Lakes and then hiked out of Soda Creek in the morning. We didn’t do “the loop” by a completionist standard but I’m told we did all of the good parts.

Pick the whole thing or a section. It’s all great. Evenings are my favorite

hiking
2 months ago

This is a fun trail. I went with my friend who is a good hiker like me. It’s labeled as moderate which is accurate because some parts can be steep or rocky. Another group jumped off the cliff into the deeper water but we found sandy spots and swam. It’s very short but good for a hot day. There’s lots of lizards to find, be carful not to step on them!! Bring water, it definitely gets very hot in the summer. The road to the trail has many random turns but no service for GPS so take note of how to get back to the main road.

09/03/2018 This is a fun trail. Yes the beginning is steep and strenuous. But take a few breaks on the way up, admire the views, drink water, and you'll be fine. Once you make it to the summit it's all downhill or flat. There's a place to jump in the river about 3/4 of the way down the trail. Also as others have noted, bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat and even chapstick. This trail is not that hard. Pace yourself at the beginning and you'll be fine.

fishing
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Sad the garbage we carried out that wasn’t ours. We were fishing and did the fishing trail adjacent to the hiking trail. Saw a eaten baby elk and cougar prints. Nothing was left but the hooves and hind legs. Caught some brown trout hiked to the falls ten walked back. Super easy hike. It elevates a tiny bit and slippery dust texturally but I walked it in water shoes and a swim suit.

Shirt 1/2 mike trail just challenging enough to make it fun. You don’t have to trek back to the falls to enjoy the river as there are lots of places to sit and put your feet in. But it’s super cold!

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is not worth it unless you go to the bottom of the falls and the trail to get down there is sketchy, but the waterfall is beautiful. The view of the waterfall at the end of the regular trail is not really a good one.

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