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This is a beautiful short trail with wonderful views of the falls along the way. There was a rock slide recently, so part of the path is a little hard to access.

When we got to the lake it was nice and sunny, but not much longer when we got to the peak the fog had come up so fast we - couldn’t see anything

Went up there for my birthday 10/20 and it was amazing. The weather was clear, sunny, and warm. We got there around 9:30, parking lot was filling up. By the time we came back around 12, parking lot was full and more. I don’t think we walked the whole hike as we started at the trail head and stopped at the top view point, as enough for us and we just chilled there for an hour taking photos and having lunch.

We hiked the trail on a beautiful sunny day and the scenery was gorgeous. The 10+ mile gravel road is like a wash board in many areas but there are few potholes. A truck or SUV will have no trouble. A car will have a bumpy, slower trip. It took our group of three 60 year olds and two 30 year olds about 4 hours to do the round trip. We took a lot of breaks, pictures, and had lunch at the fire lookout. The rating of moderate is accurate for this trail.

Wonderful hike and an easy trail to navigate once you've found the trailhead. If you're hiking upstream the actual trailhead can be tricky to find if you don't have service or good directions. If you're unfamiliar with the area I strongly recommend getting familiar with directions because GPS commonly fails here.

hiking
1 day ago

didn’t expect to do this underground cave today because we didn’t have proper lights. we were just going to hang out by the entrance to take pictures, but got so excited and amused by the scenes that we decided to carry on the upper (more difficult) trail using our iphones as lights. highly suggest using head lamps as you want your hands free. it’s flat rock at time, but there are a lot of boulders you need to climb.

i liked entering through the main cave entrance and taking the ground trail back to the parking lot. if i did it vice versa i would’ve probably been more uneasy taking the cave back.

it was my first cave experience / hike, but overall, i highly recommend.

A great little loop only a half mile from my house. I will be doing this trail alot in my future.

Not difficult, but if you want to get better pictures you’ll do a little navigating on slippery rocks. Even then, it’s not bad. Views are spectacular, of course.

This was a beautiful hike and we even were able to see a little bit of the fall colors!

My only complaint is that we saw 10 dogs along the trail as well as a few piles of dog poo. I choose hikes specifically for the benefit of no dogs. I like dogs, just not on my hikes.

Please folks, leave the dogs at home when in a National forest, they're not permitted.

Great hike! Go on a clear day and you’ll get amazing views from the top. It took me about 1.5 hours to get to the summit. When driving there you’ll see that the directions on All Trails is a little off, but once you get close there are signs that direct you toward the trailhead.

So I know I wrote a book below and it cut me off, but I do want to say that this was wonderful experience, "the best of times" . I spent a memorable day with my beautiful daughter enjoying magnificent scenery on a warm fall day. Even if you go part way and come back down without doing the entire loop, you won't regret it. Have fun!

coming back up from the beach is killer, but beautiful all the way through.

Have you ever read the opening lines of 'A Tale of Two Cities " - "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" ? So let me say, my trek on this hike was the best experience I could have .. and the worst. I expect if you are reading a review on this site that you are either an experienced hiker, or in good shape and a walk on a popular trail up a mountain sounds like a nice way to spend the day. I am neither, and this was challenging for me, but I lived to tell the tale and so I will share my experience. First of all, this is a beautiful hike. Look at the pictures folks have posted on here and you'll see what I mean .. beautiful views of the mountain, gorgeous lakes and if you're lucky like we were (my 16 year old daughter and her boyfriend accompanied me) you will get warm fall temperatures with beautiful blue skies and no bugs this time of year. The trails are well maintained and if you meet another hiker on the trail there is room to step aside to pass. There were lots of families - kids running (although there are very steep slopes and both my daughter and I were a little concerned one of them would go flying off the side, parents carrying kids in backpacks and on part of the trail lots of dogs (where they are allowed). There are plenty of reviews on here about this being an easy hike. And it is. For most of you. And then there are the folks like me … over 60, who never get out on hikes, overweight and don't exercise regularly. BEWARE if you fall into this category! There were a handful of older folks on this trail - you could tell they were avid hikers .. and they were doing great. Me, not so much. And the reason I'm writing this is because we saw one older couple - probably close to 70 who seemed to be struggling quite a bit and I'm hoping they aren't still up there, a day later. I want to save someone from that fate. There are plenty of accurate, positive reviews here, but if you read long enough, you'll find a few that dismiss the idea this is an easy hike and call it moderate. Here are some things to consider if you are one of the nitwits like myself who just thought walking up a freaking mountain would be a piece of cake:
First of all, the pictures on here, although gorgeous, are a bit deceiving. You can see the well maintained trail. Look at some of the trail pictures though, how they are going up, as in UP A MOUNTAIN. I should have taken a picture of the initial steep hill you climb at the trail head, I thought that would be the worst of it. But consider the fact that you are walking all the way up an incline the entire way and there are some that are a bit steeper than any pictures show. Sure, there are some flat spots (and my evil friend, in looking at the pictures said, "looks pretty flat to me") but you are going UP A MOUNTAIN. And that takes some effort for folks like me. So be ready for that. The trail, although in great condition, does have some areas that are a little tricky. We went on October 20th, 2018 - beautiful sunny day. And the trail was dry in most spots, but there is permafrost in some areas that you want to stay off of and other areas where it is muddy and slippery. Also, there are rocky areas that you need to be careful on and lots of areas where there are roots. I managed to trip once on a root and go down, much to my embarrassment. There are also several places where there are steps - basically logs that have been buried across the trail to keep the dirt intact .. and then a step down. Well, some of those steps are a little deep so again, not necessarily the easiest for some (okay, ME after walking all day). And if you are someone who needs to take a break and sit while walking there isn't really anywhere to do that on the trail - occasionally you might find a large rock to sit on, but for the most part not until you get to the viewpoints.
Some housekeeping issues: There is a bathroom at the first parking lot you come to - but no other facilities other than bushes on the trail. Be sure and take plenty of water, I should have taken more than I did which is why my muscles were feeling it towards the end. There are no "you are here" signs with maps so we never really knew where the heck on the trail we were. It was a bit funny, we would ask folks how far it was to Tipsoo or Dewey Lake (or finally to the PARKING LOT)and we'd get a different answer from everyone, even if we asked from the same general area. Gives you an idea of skills levels (one would say it's a quarter mile, others would say from the same location it was an hour walk. Guess what, that uphill 1/4 mile for me WAS an hour walk!) Even the signs for where the trailhead starts aren't clear, and then you get up and on a bridge over 410 and the sign points to the Pacifica Trail which was confusing. Asked a couple of people if we were going in the right direction, they didn't have a clue either so it was just onward and upward for all of us. .

This scenic trail is easily accessible (once you find parking!) and provides a very scenic hike. Fairly busy, keep dogs on leash, use proper trail etiquette.

trail running
1 day ago

Great trail! The switchbacks at the beginning/end are probably the most challenging part of the trail. The trail is easy to follow, well maintained, and the views at the end are excellent, even if it's foggy/cloudy. The trailhead is well marked, so if you're driving and your GPS cuts out (like mine), just keep following the road. You can't miss the trailhead.

So beautiful!

hiking
1 day ago

Did this hike on Friday morning. Got there 10 minutes before 8am right when they opened the gate. Glad I got there early as by the time I finished the loop it was there was a lot of people going in. Beautiful hike!

This trail is hard but worth the effort for the amazing views at the top. Very rocky and steep.

Hiked it today which was a beautiful sunny fall day, there were more people on the trail than I expected, but it was fine.

We did do the backside loop around Pyramid on the way down, there was some bushwhacking at the top end of it but it cleared out and was fine the rest of the way. I’m glad we went that way because we had a southern view and also we cut out a big chunk of steep downhill on the rocks. (Yes the trail is not maintained, but it’s doable)

A great, easy hike for the whole family to enjoy. Easily our favorite hiking spot to take the kids along on.

The end result is amazing. BUT if you don’t like the first 200 yards of the trail, I’d head straight back to the car. The trail itself is a solid constant elevation gain but the rocks are killers. Maybe I didn’t have the right mindset starting out

Nice easy trail. Busy. Take the north loop to avoid the traffic. Falls are nice, bridge is cool. Collected some mushrooms, yum.

hiking
1 day ago

Trails are well marked and easy to walk, but nothing special to see. The lake was disappointing.

Did this after peak color season (4 days ago) but glad I did, had better fall colors than Naches loop.

There’s really no trail here, but that doesn’t matter. It’s fabulously beautiful, and a cool place to watch surfers and SUPers from a high vantage point.

The wander in is really pretty. fairly deep forest. Not especially challenging. couple minor hills but thats really all. the view of the falls from the bridge and the area across the canyon are absolutely wonderful.
That much said, even on a cool early Friday morning there were a ton of people. on my way in, I passed 4 groups of people in less than a mile. all of them were super friendly and gave a pleasent good morning as we passed each other. on the way out, however, I must have passed 10 to 15 groups totalling 50 to 60 people. and most of them had zero trail manners, using their large 5 to 10 people group to block the whole trail forcing me completely off the rather wide trail. Some of the groups had younger kids who were yelling and screaming and stomping on mushrooms and trying to push over small trees. while I'm happy to see parents bringing their kids in a no cell service area, a little respect for nature wouldnt hurt.
I may go back during the spring run off, but not unless its a cold rainy day.

on Toketee Falls

2 days ago

Watch out for dog poop on the trail! It was kind of a bummer to have to be more aware of piles of poo than actually enjoying the scenery around. Overall, it's a beautiful tiny hike!

Amazing hike.
The trail is not as hard as it looks from its distance because the first 1.4 miles are flat or downhill.
Rainier view are along several points of the trail, and the view at the top is stunning.

This hike is very nice for a clear day on the coast. Not recommended if you are afraid of heights! Pretty crowded on a Saturday morning. I downloaded the trail before I went and it was extremely helpful. You can get easily lost. The trailhead isn’t very noticeable just follow the map.

Pretty steep most of the way up. Beautiful views of mount Jefferson at the top. Be aware there is a lot of damaged area from wildfires.

We enjoyed our hike on a beautiful 65 degree, sunny day! On the way to Mirror Lake, the trail weaves through pine forest on a consistent incline, but the ground is a bit forgiving. There are tree roots and rocks to work around, but it is easily navigable. Don’t skip the hike around Mirror Lake, this is where you’ll get iconic views of Mount Hood. The hike down is relaxing. Enjoy the tranquility and the friendly hikers you’ll meet along the way!

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