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Breathtaking views at the top. I agree with the moderate rating- incline was steady but definitely manageable for a moderately-experienced hiker. Bring sunscreen for the top because there's no shade. If you love this hike, you'll also love Tolmie Peak at Mt. Rainier National Park.

Great views of Mount Hood and others in the distance. This was an easy to moderate hike and I think I finished within 3 hours roundtrip with a lunch break. I combined this hike with the mirror lake loop. I’ve seen much nicer lakes but there was a nice view of Mount Hood over the lake. IThere were also some nice wildflowers near the lake. This is a pretty populated trail with not a lot of space at the Trailhead to park. There’s a lot of dogs on the trail which I enjoy seeing and I enjoyed watching them play in the water. In other words, a dog friendly trail.

Stunning views that make you totally forget you haven’t even made it to the TDH summit yet. In fact judging by the last quarter mile of trail, no one completes the summit because the best has already been done. If you want to push through, be warned that the trail is almost non existent and somewhat technical. Very few people which is nice if you do decide to go further. The place explodes into a circus line of hikers after 9 AM. The only reason it’s not a five star hike is because of its population problem. I found litter along the trail as well as bags of dog poop that people were kind enough to bag but dumb enough to leave behind. Come on humans!!

Prepare to get wet! Fantastic hike along and in a creek. Beautiful scenery as you hike through a canyon, climb over a huge log jam and wade through the water to reach a cascading waterfall at the end of your hike. Highly recommend!

Trail is very steep in certain areas. Make sure to read previous reviews on how to get there and it is definitely worth it. We followed ROG's review and saved a ton of time.

Steep start with lots of switchbacks. Getting to the top is well worth it. Hopefully the weather is kind so you can see Mt. Hood. Their is a ridgeline that you can continue to climb if you so choose. You don’t need to to get a great view. Limited parking spots near the trailhead as of now. I had to drive a mile up the rode to Find parking and walk back toward the trail on the road. Well worth the journey.

Hiked it for sunrise and it was amazing. So beautiful and the perfect moderate hike to train at night.

This is a technically easy but steep trail, with rewarding vistas and forest for the entirety. A little hard to stay on the trail as you reach the summit, because the terrain is strewn with boulders, but well worth the effort one you reach the top.
We hadn't planned on doing this hike, we only had intentions of visiting Mirror Lake, but decided to tack on the second part. We arrived at the summit around 10am completely shrouded in mist, so we decided to hold out to see if the cloud cover would clear so we could see Mt. Hood. Waited nearly two hours (many others came and went in the time), but the wait was SO worth it. Stunning views of Hood and much of the Cascade range both North and South.

I've hiked to Punchbowl Falls several times and it's a great hike. The trail is currently closed due to a fire a year ago. When it opens, I want to continue up to Tunnel Falls which I think turns it into about 11 or 12 miles. Heavy traffic on the weekends.

One of my first few hikes being out in Oregon and this one did not disappoint. The whole hike is spaced out nicely with mirror lake and then spots of views on the trek from the lake to the top. As other people have mentioned, it appears the most popular end point is this false summit. But the top is amazing. On one side you are right in front of Mt Hood (and I believe you can see Mt St Hellen’s and Adams I’m not sure) and on the other you have a fantastic landscape. The hike to this point is pretty moderate with a little bit of rockiness in a few spots.

After this false summit spot the trail becomes more difficult and less travelled. There were a few times we were walking and realized that we had slightly gotten off the path. We only made it about 10 or so minutes past the false summit because we came to an edge with no clear alternative routes ahead. We weren’t sure if we just followed a wrong path or not so we turned back. This was the only bad thing. But going past the false summit has its own benefits, you can see mirror lake from above which is neat and there are cliffs that you can walk up to the edge.

Overall it was an amazing hike that I’d definitely do again in the spring when Hood has more snow. We got there at 11, parking was difficult but we found some. The trail was busy but for the most part it wasn’t bad. It took roughly 2 hours up and 1 hour or so down.

absolutely beautiful. the trail is rough and can be hard to find at times. I attempted three time before I finally found it. but it was so worth it

READ ROG’s review as well as other’s below before doing this trail!! Looks like Rog and I went the same day.

I’m going to keep it short bc others have already written detailed instructions. Scary drive across unpaved gravel and craters at hairpin turn, but I made it to the white gate. The descent is steep. Wear shoes with traction. I stupidly wore my sneakers instead of my hiking shoes and fell down the descent. Luckily didn’t hurt myself. IMHO waterfall was pretty but there are much prettier ones in the area. Oneonta Gorge is a favorite but closed now due to the eagle creek fire.

hiking
8 days ago

I agree with Rog's review below. My husband and I were there yesterday also and we took the wrong path down too. We had a couple behind us that almost got hit with rocks coming loose. PLEASE READ ROG'S REVIEW AND LOOK AT HIS PIC'S!! Everyone says this is a steep climb up and down. They mean it! No joke! I think it was like a 5 to 10 degree vertical climb. Also want to add that once you get to river you need to stay left also on river bank. Do not cross! You will run out of river rock on the right forcing you to cross back to the left side. Please wear proper shoes. Lastly please be respectful of others. Everyone is there to take amazing pics and take in all the beauty!

hiking
8 days ago

Take the correct trail!

This is a beautiful area. But there is an easy way and a crazy way. This location is on private property so there are no trail markings letting you know which way to travel. My friend and I went down a trail which matched some of the descriptions we read below, but little did we know there are a few trails down which match the descriptions below. The trail we took was a death defying Triple Diamond decent for experts only.

Here are some tips on how to avoid the nasty trail.
1. At the very end of the road you'll notice a trail to your East located about 2 car lengths back from the gate (dead end). There will be a big black and white sign explaining that this is private land and to play it safe.

2. Shortly after that big sign the trail will seem to split. One path has a fallen tree crossing the trail. The other path, to your right, looks well traveled.

3. STAY TO YOUR LEFT. WALK OVER THE FALLEN TREE. Shortly after you cross over the log you will see an identical black and white sign. You'll also see a long knotted rope anchored to the base of a small tree. This is the trail you want to be on.

Further down the correct trail you'll get to a point where two large trees have fallen down parallel to one another, leading straight down to the rivers edge. There is a rope which leads down the entire length of these logs. This is the easiest way down to the valley floor.

Back at the Y, if you chose the trail to your right you will see the following clues that your on the wrong path.
1. There will be a nice clearing covered with short grass. This spot has a great view of the valley. The path leading to this point seems very well used. TURN AROUND YOUR ON THE WRONG PATH.
2. Shortly after the grass clearing the trail will narrow down to a single path of loose sharp stones and dust. The topography will become very steep. The path will make several very quick switch backs. TURN AROUND YOUR ON THE WRONG PATH.
3. You will see a rope tied to a dead tree trunk. The rope is tied about 4 feet above the ground. A notch has been hacked into the tree trunk for the rope to nest in. TURN AROUND YOUR ON THE WRONG PATH.
4. The rope, tied to this dead tree, has no outer sheath, and looks very old. It also happens to be just long enough to lead you to think you can make it to the next rope tied to a root, but you cant. and by that time you'll find it hard to retreat. TURN AROUND YOUR ON THE WRONG PATH.

At this point you should turn around and head back. Dont bee foolish like me and my friend. When we reached the second rope tied to the root we discovered it was nothing more than a 3 feet long nub. We were too far down to climb out. The entire area is made of loose jagged rocks anchored by nothing but dust. It is sketchy as F. Some boulders broke free while I was making my way down, sending an avalanche of rocks, dust and broken tree trunks clear down the gulch to the rivers edge. Thank God no one was below us.

The trails leading down the falls are not marked at all. To me, a fallen tree crossing a trail means dont go this way. So I naturally chose the trail which looked obviously open. I had understood the trail down to the river had a rope, so when I saw the rope tied to the dead treed I assumed this was the trail. Someone needs to add some signs, or drag some logs across the bad trail and cut an opening in log crossing the good trail.

Parking: Parking is located in small nooks along the single lane dirt road. The further down you go the sketchier it gets. There is a big wash out and some huge craters about 3/4 of the way down the road. The road heads down hill. So when you are leaving you'll be climbing out of the valley, and that washout with the craters is located at a hairpin turn, so you cant get much of a run at it. To be fair, there were several nice sedans parked below washout point. But I was glad that we parked above this point.

Now as far as the falls are concerned. It is a beautiful area, it is secluded and the geology is amazing to behold. I feel that it is a great place to visit. But in my opinion, the Silver Falls area is equally as nice, if not more scenic.

I did this hike September 2016 and did a sunrise hike. I left the trailhead at about 4 am and made it to the top with about 20 minutes to spare. It was a little scary because I hadn't done this hike before and didn't have enough lighting. I used a headlamp but also should have used a flashlight. Watching the sun rise behind Mt. Hood was a bucket list item for me and I'll never forget it. Once the sun was up I could see about five different mountains in the cascade range. Listening to the forest wake up was surreal. This hike will be tough to beat. I did it on a Wednesday morning and didn't see another person.

hiking
10 days ago

amazing! absolutely worth it!

we drove as far in as we could. the first turn off the "main" gravel road was not marked by a sign but rather an empty sign frame. we kept feeling like we were going wrong but it was right. the road is ROUGH but in dry weather, our Acadia made it fine. once you've driven as far as you can, there is a closed gate. there is parking for about 3-4 cars down that far then parking along the road. you'll not want to go through the gate but rather head back up the road about 100 feet and you'll see the trail which is marked with a sign up on a tree. the trail forks, stay left then head down. the trail has steep areas but you can go up and down with the assistance of ropes someone has left. once you've hit the stream, still head left and once you see the waterfall, the trip become worth every struggle. take a picnic, enjoy your time and really take it in. There was less than a dozen people there and it was the hottest day in July - but still too cold to swim (for me) - others were swimming.
I'm a very beginner and enjoyed it. we also took a dog who LOVED it. enjoy!

So the red on the map is actually just a logging road, very rocky if you have bad tires or low clearance. Not very good for hiking since it’s open to vehicles up to the turn. Some nice views after the gate, but sound of gunfire and lots of trash on road was disappointing. Maybe would come back up with a Mtn bike but would t recommend for a hike unless you just happen to be nearby. Mtn bike trails sound pretty well built out though. Also the trail doesn’t start where the red starts, it starts at that sharp turn halfway up where there is a parking lot and toilets.

Was lovely to be greeted and sent off by Mirror Lake. Seemed to be a bit of a false summit at the top in the rocks where 10-20 people were resting. Follow the app and forge on to the actual summit if you’re in it for the challenge and not just the lovely view of Hood. Could also see Jefferson off in the distance.

Get there early to avoid the crowd. A beautiful hike through the forest, around the lake, and up to the top. Hike on a clear day so that you get a good view of Mt Hood, and Mt Adams and Mt Jefferson.

Trail Is Still Closed At This Time. The Historic Columbia River Highway is Closed Until Further Notice. This Includes Trails Between Bridal Veil Falls and Multnomah, and Trails Between Multnomah and Ainsworth State Park. The Road Is Only Open To State Troopers, Game and WildLife Patrolmen, and Residents That Live On That Road. Anyone Caught Trying To Hike Said Trails Are Fined. This Is All Due To The Bad Fire They Had Last Year And Several Told Me They Aren't Sure When It Should Be Open. One Trooper Told Me It's Looking Like It Will Be June 2019. :( That Means Oneonta George, Oneonta Falls, Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, Larch Mountain Overlook, Fairy Falls, & Wahkeena Falls Are All Closed Until Further Notice. If You Are Looking For Alternatives, You Can Look Into Multnomah Falls & Trails, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Vista House. You Can Also Take A Drive To Ramona Falls.

Trail Is Still Closed At This Time. The Historic Columbia River Highway is Closed Until Further Notice. This Includes Trails Between Bridal Veil Falls and Multnomah, and Trails Between Multnomah and Ainsworth State Park. The Road Is Only Open To State Troopers, Game and WildLife Patrolmen, and Residents That Live On That Road. Anyone Caught Trying To Hike Said Trails Are Fined. This Is All Due To The Bad Fire They Had Last Year And Several Told Me They Aren't Sure When It Should Be Open. One Trooper Told Me It's Looking Like It Will Be June 2019. :( That Means Oneonta George, Oneonta Falls, Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, Larch Mountain Overlook, Fairy Falls, & Wahkeena Falls Are All Closed Until Further Notice. If You Are Looking For Alternatives, You Can Look Into Multnomah Falls & Trails, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Vista House. You Can Also Take A Drive To Ramona Falls.

Trail Is Still Closed At This Time. The Historic Columbia River Highway is Closed Until Further Notice. This Includes Trails Between Bridal Veil Falls and Multnomah, and Trails Between Multnomah and Ainsworth State Park. The Road Is Only Open To State Troopers, Game and WildLife Patrolmen, and Residents That Live On That Road. Anyone Caught Trying To Hike Said Trails Are Fined. This Is All Due To The Bad Fire They Had Last Year And Several Told Me They Aren't Sure When It Should Be Open. One Trooper Told Me It's Looking Like It Will Be June 2019. :( That Means Oneonta George, Oneonta Falls, Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, Larch Mountain Overlook, Fairy Falls, & Wahkeena Falls Are All Closed Until Further Notice. If You Are Looking For Alternatives, You Can Look Into Multnomah Falls & Trails, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Vista House. You Can Also Take A Drive To Ramona Falls.

hiking
14 days ago

Hard but totally worth it!! The view at the end is breathtaking!!

Amazing hike! Best done on a clear day. I think it was closer to 6 miles and on the easy side of moderate. Happy National Summit Day!

love & will always recommend this hike. although difficult, it's a fun workout and if you keep going upstream you will find at least 2 more waterfalls that are also beautiful and empty!

Nice easy hike. Beautiful beach

hiking
19 days ago

Great little hike (more of a walk down a road until you get to the cut down to the river)and well worth it. Falls are much larger early Spring but still impressive later in the summer.

off road driving
19 days ago

Took the trail down to the falls today. You can drive about half way down the “hike” as it is along a gravel road for a while and isn’t bad until you hit a fairly large wash out which I wouldn’t recommend trying to pass unless you have some experience with off road driving. The falls were magnificent and the water was gorgeous (great for a dip! Don’t be a baby, just get in quick). Will absolutely be hiking this again with my brother as the views are too great to miss it.

hiking
21 days ago

We enjoyed the trail down to the river, but most of the distance is on a gravel road. 1300’ down, then back up to the car.

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