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Completed 1.4.19. Wayyyy too many tourists at the falls for my liking. On a nice day, I assume they’re at the top too since you can drive there. The hike itself is a grind, but good if you want hours of solitude. I didn’t see anyone for several miles at a time once I got a mile or two in. Zero exposure, so you don’t have a sense of your elevation until the very end. Heavy fire damage throughout, which was heartbreaking, and zero visibility at the top due to weather, although I knew that going in. Significant snow the last 2+ miles. Yaktrax helped. Take food if you’re going out and back. It’s a long hike! A good move I think would be to do it as an end to end, go early morning on a clear day from the falls before the tourists arrive and have someone pick you up at the end.

completed on 12/31
This trail is closer to 14.0mi out&back. It features all 4 seasons, starts off at Multnomah Falls with some sunshine and some breeze, next part of trail is all about slushy ground and many creeks running through (in several areas, I had to utilize my minimal knowledge of rock climbing and tree grabbing to get myself across the running water without getting completely wet). Later, for about 1.5mi, the ground/rocks/fallen trees/log bridges were frosted over with fresh layer of slippery ice. And for the remainder of ascending up, trail was covered with up-to 3 inches of snow.
I was hoping to trail run parts of this trail, but didn't feel safe for most of the trail. I would totally recommend to any adventurers out there! It is a beautiful hike with amazing views❤

Hiked on Jan 1, 2019: no parking fee, no bathrooms at TH, well-marked trail, parking lot fills quickly on wknds, Trail closed/gated at Ponytail Falls. This was a quick beautiful hike (1.5 miles RT) to Ponytail Falls.

trail running
15 days ago

Alltrails has the wrong explanation of this trail. This is actually the Larch Mountain Trail of Oregon (Washington State has their own Larch Mt. trail) and it is not an Ainsworth Park trail. It’s west of that park. You can either begin at Multnomah Falls, going uphill first or 7 miles following Multnomah Creek or you can start at the top and go downhill first for 7 miles. Either way, if you’re doing an out and back, you’re going to be going uphill for 7 miles. If you do it as an out and back, I recommend starting at Multnomah Falls, so you can go downhill on the second half. Actually, this would be a great two car hike if you just want to start at the top and go downhill to Multnomah Falls. This way, you won’t have to worry about going back uphill. You can drive back up on Larch Mountain Road. But, you will have to do this during summer or early fall as Larch Mt. usually has snow and the road to the parking lot closes for the season. If you want a short hike, I would recommend you hike a mile up past Multnomah Falls as there a few falls that are worth checking out. But if you want a good workout do the whole thing. There are areas still damaged from the forest fire from 2017, so it can be an interesting hike with a PNW clear and clean creek (which is more like a river) travelling heartily towards the main falls. Although, I ran this trail, it’s not the best trail runners’ trail unless you have very good stamina and are willing to run through snow near the summit.

Started at Bonnevile trailhead on 12/31/18 at 5:30am. Bathrooms were locked due to the government shutdown and you need to have a northwest forrest pass, national parks pass or there is a fee deposit box at this site to park here. my alltrails app was glitching this day so i took a wrong turn onto the bridge of the gods trail and had to backtrack to the trail junction for gillet lake (the right way). There is no info at this junction for table mountain. Beautiful forrest and as you near table mountain there are several trails that intersect with no information so its helpful to have a map or pre recorded track. I went up the westward trail, it is very steep on this side, (don't let the signs below fool you. Both acensions are equally hard.) Once you get out of the treeline you are hiking/climbing up rocky, steep and at times bushy terrain with sheer drop offs on one or both sides. There was also snow and ice there, but not bad enough at the time I went to need microspikes, but do carry them if you are going to make a go of this in the winter(westward trail is 1.7 miles,but feels so long in the moment!). Hiked around the west side of the butte and the forrest up top to get views from the top on all sides (there is about a couple feet of snow in non forrested areas and a foot of snow maybe in the forrest. Breathtaking views from the top. Descended down heartbreak equally difficult took me about 3 hours to get down 1 mile of pure nasty

Horsetail & Ponytail falls are beautiful this time of year, even though it was super cold. Be aware that this trail is a tad steep, but not too difficult. The trail to Triple Creek is closed still due to the fire, but the trail for Horsetail & Ponytail are open and clear.

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked 12/27/18. Mileage is closer to 13.5 - 14 miles RT. Most recordings will corroborate this.

First one on the trail and in the parking lot at 7:05am on 12/24/18. Hiked 8.9 miles counterclockwise from Herman Creek to Gorton Creek to Nick Eaton trail and back to Herman Creek. ( I had a pre recorded map, very helpful to have.)

I tried this trail a couple of years ago before I got into shape and I could not finish it, it was brutal and I was, barely move sore for days after. I've been hiking practically every weekend this year and I finally was able to finish this trail!!!

I did this trail counterclockwise, starting with Gorton creek was long (when you get close to the top the snow begins and much of the flat trail on Nick Eaton is covered in snow, it was not icy, so no microspikes needed 12/24/18.), with lots of switchbacks and a creek crossing and on the way down on Nick Eaton trail was brutal, my toes were smashed against the tips of my boots with every step, there are steep switchbacks on the tail end for me of this hike. My feet were so sore when I got to the Herman Creek, Pct trail, otherwise I would have gone down to check out the Herman Creek Bridge (next time!). Finished the hike at 1pm and was hiking for around 6hrs. Most of the trail is really steep so be prepared! When I got back to my car there were 4 other cars in the lot. The parking lot holds 10 cars. You must have a NW forrest pass or pay $5 day use fee. There is a pay box here. The campground when I came here is closed. The bathroom is vaulted toilet and was clean when I got there in the am, but on the smelly side when I left in the PM. I saw 6 people on the trail and all were on my descent, so after 11:30am or so. All of this trail above the power line road was affected by the eagle creek fire.

Entire trail is either charred or burnt from the Eagle creek fire... but the trail is still awesome and the veiws are incredible!.. about 1/2" snow at the top as of today

Visited 12/8/18. Beautiful area to stop at for hiking, sightseeing and a great lunch spot with a couple picnic tables next to Viento falls. Paved trails look very new. Bathrooms were flushing toilets and very clean inside, but only have air dryers, no paper towels for drying your hands. I've seen this place a bunch of other times while visiting the gorge and have always wanted to stop by and check it out. I came here to hike mt defiance trail. The trailheads are easy to find. Mt defiance, starvation ridge and a couple others are on the 14 going west when you walk on the paved path. Starvation ridge from historic trail paved path is closed but you can reach it on mt defiance trail. I did not complete trails because there were creek crossings on both mt defiance and starvation ridge that had no bridges, I was wearing my summer hiking boots (not wanting to get them wet in the water), it was cold out and I was hiking alone. This area is a must stop if you have the time to check it out. I will definitely be back to hike again. Counted 4 waterfalls.

Brace yourselves, because an ass kicking incline is coming (Nick Eaton Trail)!! Personally chose to take the Nick Eaton trail up to be easier on the knees going down Gorton Creek Trail plus what the hay. Definitely can see the scars from the fires but still quite magnificent waltzing in the woods. Gets quite cool in the shade plus the wind coming through the gorge so bring some layers, aqua, and some munchies! There was even some icy patches along the ridge to the point. So be weary and happy trails!

Great hike. Leave early! Long and rhythmic. Pretty cold up top (Nov.9). Bring gloves if going all the way to the summit.

optional scramble gives you a beautiful view. good work out. obviously lots of scars from the burn but still very worth it. booty burner.

hiking
3 months ago

Just a heads up to everyone that the Starvation Creek cutoff is still closed as of Oct 13, 2018. Best approach for this loop is via the Mount Defiance trail UP and Starvation Creek DOWN. It's a tough trail and you really need to be in good shape to tackle this one. There's a reason this is rated as the most difficult trail in the Gorge. We went up Starvation Creek #414 and arrived at Warren Lake 1:30pm which was my turn around time. Will have to go up Mount defiance trail the next time.

A must do in the Gorge. Definitely deserves the “hard” rating, but more than worth it.

If you are feeling good at the Table Mountain kiosk (about 6.5 miles in) I’d recommend taking Heartbreak Ridge up (right trail). It is extremely STEEP and unrelenting, but a very fun challenge. It includes very steep and short switchbacks and a large rock scramble. Poles definitely recommended for this section. Take the “easier” route on the way down from Table Mountain.

From parking lot to parking lot it took me 5hrs 4mins for 16 miles. I was on a tight time schedule and didn’t have any time for stops.

Tricky to find the point, but really cool once you get there. The scramble up to the actual point is a little sketchy, but not too difficult. To get to the point you have to go down an unmarked foot path. We almost missed it and continued on to deadwood. Close one!

One tough trail, but so awesome!

hiking
4 months ago

Having on two previous occasions hiked Mount Defiance and Dog Mountain each on the same day, I finally decided to attempt a triple ... Defiance once and Dog twice.
August 31, 2018
7:20 a.m. start up Mount Defiance (Trail 413 out and back)
10:19 a.m. summit 1
12:57 p.m. down
1:44 p.m. start up Dog Mountain (1st loop, Augspurger Trail to Dog Mt Trail)
3:24 p.m. summit 2
4:31 p.m. down
4:48 p.m. start up Dog Mountain (2nd loop, Augspurger Trail to Dog Mt Trail)
6:43 p.m. summit 3
7:53 p.m. down and done
25.4 miles, 10,440 elevation gain/loss, 11 hours, 6 minutes total hike time
23rd time up Mount Defiance, 95th & 96th time up Dog Mountain

I did table mountain today. I parked under powerlines and took an access trail to carpenter lake which then hooked up to the PCT so it was only an 10 mile hike to the top of Table mountain and back. I didn't turn in the trail when i got to the view spot so i did a pretty intense scramble up the side of the ridge instead of the boulder field which I did on the way down. I started at 6.30am and was back to my car by noon

Some would say Mt. Defiance across the Gorge is a more difficult hike, but having done both of them multiple times I'm still not sure. The first 6ish miles of this trail on the PCT are easy, going past lakes, excellent views. But that last 2 miles will kick your everloving butt. Two options to make that final climb, both of which include STEEP inclines & sketchy talus slopes. Bring lots of water, and expect to take AT LEAST 9 hours to complete this fantastic hike.

Love the view on this one.

Trail IsClosed 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.

Beautifully kept trail with the chance for some great vistas of the gorge along the way (a rarity with the tree cover on most trails!)
Definitely very steep but the trail is even and mostly packed dirt. Great to get behind horsetail falls! On the western side of the bridge that crosses Oneonta at the top you can scramble down into the Riverbed and come right up to the edge of the falls into the Oneonta Gorge (which, incidentally is the most beautiful hike in the area if you can beat the crowds)

hiking
5 months ago

It was an INTENSE!! hike at 6:20am to 5:30pm. It was AMAZINGLY!! beautiful feeling when u get to the top

Piles of charred wood. Very sad.

Steep in some sections that gave a nice challenge. Beautiful along the way.

A tough climb but worth it! An excellent challenge for body, mind, and spirit. I suggest taking as many breaks as you feel you need; your legs will thank you on the descent. Bring plenty of water, and more than you think you'll need on hot days. It took me about 4 hours to reach the summit, and 3.5 hours to hike back down. I did soak in the views of the gorge and mountains in Washington along the way, and spent about an hour on the summit gazing at Mt. Hood.

Not sure why this trail is called Indians point loop. Trailhead is at Herman Creek campground. Follow herman creek trail 406. When you come to the loop, id suggest veering left onto the gorton creek trail #408. Even though it is the longer part of the loop, its is better shaded and not as steep as the Nick Eaton Trail #447, which you would take on the way down. I took the Nick Eaton trail on the way up and it was not as well covered and more steep. If you decided to take the Nick Eaton trail first, the fist three miles are pretty much inclined switch backs with little tree coverage from the fire :(. Once you get to three miles, the hike becomes much easier. Definitely suggest bringing hiking poles with you

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked July 11. Well marked trail (except near the rock falls) with 2 waterfalls, a lake and views all along the trail. Went up Defiance, down Starvation. Because of the closed Wash out trail at the end we had to take on another steep ridge and cross over a log on the creek- added about 2-3 miles onto the hike. Total hike time was 9 hours and 20 minutes with 2 hours of stopping time for pics and lunch. The summit is a huge ugly power station but u can sit on the rocks that has a view of Mt Hood (too cloudy for us to see it) with the power Station at your back.

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