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one of my favorite trails. very easy, well maintained. the water is magical

hiking
7 hours ago

Awesome hike! First time on this trail but will definitely go back. If you follow the trail around the perimeter of the lake it comes in right at 5 miles....took us about 2 hours. We did this hike today...gorgeous fall colors and spectacular weather. I’ve never seen water so clear before....and the submerged tree stumps still standing from the volcanic damming of the McKenzie river make looking into the water even more amazing. Definitely recommend hiking the trail counterclockwise otherwise you may miss the views of the 3 Sisters from the north end of the lake (if you go clockwise they will be to your back)....they will come into view shortly after you go past the northern most point of the lake on your return to the Clear Lake Resort parking area and trailhead. This is a very easy hike and one well worth the time!

Not too hard of a hike. Pretty view of Mt. Jefferson.

on Stahlman Point Trail

3 days ago

Great hike

Gorgeous fall colors of the leaves contrasting with the surreal blue of the ice cold lake water. Easy hike, almost flat, about 6 miles. It was a bit crowded even on a Friday early morning and parking can get challenging.

Pretty hike. Several beautiful waterfalls. Shaded so good for a hot Summer day. We had a group ranging in age from 13 to 55. Hike was enjoyed by all.

Awesome trail along the river with fantastic views of rapids and waterfalls. One side of the loop is developed, most likely from CCC crews, with log fences and a couple of observation points. The less developed side of the loop is more picturesque. Fall colors were out in full force. A beautiful hike. It took us two hours because we took so many pictures.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike at any season. This is a gorgeous and unusual lake. Just hiked this during Fall and it was beautiful lit up with color against the blue of the lake. Hike is longer than reported (about 7 mi/not 4.5). The trail seems a little different than when I hiked it 15y ago. Maybe it was rerouted. Watch out for bees.

This is a 5* hike. The reason I'm giving it 4* is due to the misleading slight difficulty in driving the roads. We trekked from Corvallis, and let me reassure you the find and hike are worth it. However, if you drive a sedan, be mindful of your clearance, and follow the AllTrails map and some of the helpful instructions in the reviews to the T. It is easy to get lost on forest roads. In addition, the signs on RD 11 are misleading. We followed the signs and ended up really in the middle of nowhere. Follow the user guided instructions and your Apple Maps and you should get there. Take the roads slow, when we drove there last week, there were minor obstacles and some difficulty in clearance (scraping the bottom a few times). Be careful, and most importantly, have fun.

Hiked on Sept 30: unmarked trail, no fee pass needed. Steep at the very beginning. Rocky, fairly flat terrain. Gives you birds-eye view of Joseph, Wallowa Lake, Bonneville Peak and Seven Devils. Beautiful hike -super easy and a nice unusual perspective of the lake...not a good place to be in a thunderstorm and cougars frequently are seen here during the day

hiking
20 days ago

Spectacular views on a clear day. The road in was in decent condition considering the location. The hike itself was short but still a workout. I would have climbed many more miles for the experience at the top. The fall colors were gorgeous and the trail was well kept. Simply wonderful.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike on a highly used trail. Met 1 guy coming down as I was going up. Got to the top and had it all to myself for quite some time.
Very tricky and rocky path to ascend and descend from the top.
Ran into 5 other couples going up as I was going down.
Was on this hike to look for Christmas tree ornaments placed by the ranger district. Struck out. No Sunflower on this hike.

A day hike that is not to be missed! The loop is more likely a 3-mile trek, but every step is worth it. The loop takes you around 3 very accessible and spectacular falls. You’ll get to see each from multiple angles and you can get surprisingly close to the edges, so caution is needed. For groups with little ones, less mobility or less time, stay on the near side and go south (go left downhill from the parking lot) and you will see all 3 falls in a half mile stretch. Well worth the short detour off of highway 20.

loved loved loved this very short but beautiful hike. fall is popping right now in color

Stunning hike on a Fall day. I'll be back to go kayaking next Summer.

Hiked this with My Sunflower on a gorgeous day.
Beautiful , easy trail. Intended to look for Christmas tree ornaments placed by the ranger district but didn’t get far enough.

great little hike. made it up right at sunset. the trail is well maintained enough to make it most the way back in the dark. very nice and easily accessible

hiking
29 days ago

A nice easy hike to House Rock. The forest is pretty along the river, some old growth trees along the way and on a hot day the river and falls at House Rock are perfect to play in. Can see in rainy season some spots could be difficult to cross. Trail was well maintained in Sept 18.

One of my favorite hikes!

hiking
1 month ago

Camped across from the lake, hiked the trail around the lake. Took pictures and fished for a little. Was a great time, nice even workout. Saw plenty of people fishing, no one seemed to be catching. A nice lake all around. Reasonably easy trail, paved or packed the complete loop.

Such a beautiful hike with view of the river and waterfalls the whole way. My three young kids easily did it, ages 4-10 yrs old. One of my new favorite hikes.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views and quality hike! Would love to come back when there is snow!

What a great hike. We parked at Sahalie Falls and enjoyed the view from the main viewpoint, then headed downriver on the east side of the McKenzie. After stopping at Koosah Falls, we continued down river until we got to the reservoir. Go across the bridge turn upriver at the toilet and head north along the east side. This less travelled trail is a jewel and has just as good of views of both falls. Continue a half mile past Sahalie Falls to cross the river on a man bridge. Then you can head back to Salahie Falls where you began.

nature trips
1 month ago

Trail isn’t marked—it’s across the street from a different marked nature walk, and you’ll see it by the flattened grass from people trekking up. First bit is quite steep and a little slippery, but not prohibitive. Trail winds around the lake, parallel to the highway (which at times is hidden and gives the impression of being more remote than it is). Beautiful views of the lake and surrounding land. No shade. A little monotonous.

Just realize that it’s almost all uphill going out. Not very long but all uphill. Of course, coming back is all downhill. Quick fast walk.

Beautiful hike with flowing cold mountain water. This is a great place to take a break and enjoy the surroundings. The hike was easy, there are other trails to go on to get close to the water.

hiking
1 month ago

I absolutely loved this well maintained hike along the edge of Clear Lake. The only reason I gave 4 Stars was because of proximity to the road and occasional traffic noise, which is basically the bane of my existence. The lake itself is stunning, and as the name implies, quite clear. It’s mostly flat with a few slight inclines, varied terrain, and varied sun exposure. Bring your sunblock because you’ll need it for only half of the trail.

backpacking
1 month ago

The hike was amazing until we reached the top and were swarmed by bees. They’d bite us, not sting. But other than that the scenery was incredible. On a clear day you can see Mount Jefferson.

The hike is uphill basically the entire time. Just an FYI. Enjoy!

Pretty hike- tougher than I was thinking but a good workout! Nice views at the top. View was kind of obstructed from the wildfire smoke. Parking lot is small so come early!

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