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We visited today with our two-year-old. While the hike above/after the bridge is closed, we had a nice quarter-ish mile walk up to the bridge, which is a main viewing point of the falls. Had a kid in a carrier backpack going up the hill, so the round trip was brief, but still made us break a little sweat. Uphill walk but nicely paved. Expect a crowd on the bridge. Parking lot leads right to the falls, so you can’t miss it. Only giving four starts bc main hike was closed and the first viewpoint should be marked as a separate east hike.

Veda and Mirror are preferable to Trillium Lake. Crowds are awful. Trail is in utter disrepair. Signage sucks. It was overcast, therefore views of Mount Hood were non-existent.

To call this a hike would be a bit of an exaggeration. Went on a Sunday in August and it was so packed it took us about 10 minutes to find a parking spot. Entire lake was full of people on floaties and kayaks and paddle boards, all of the beaches were loaded with people... Just not the place to be if you're looking for a peaceful hike. That being said, if being at a busy beach is your scene, it was a beautiful beach with an incredible view of Mt. Hood, but it wasn't my thing.

Fair amount of traffic on the trail, but we went during the last week of summer. We didn't hike the extra loops this time, but we plan to go back to try them in the future.

Very nice walk and very clean and maintained. There are 3 loops that are a little more moderate hike that were fun. Pretty views.

hiking
4 days ago

Not very picturesque. Very long and not entirely safe. There is a water crossing that I wouldn't bring kids or animals through.

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike! Falls are gorgeous! Took 2.3 hours. total hike from parking up and around the loop. Going “right” at beginning of trail loop starts you on a steady uphill, not too steep, climb. Enjoy the falls while swatting flies, then downhill all the way back to parking lot. MapMyRun said 8.4 mile for me round trip from parking lot. Crossed river on stable logs

Went early in the morning, less crowded. Fantastic view from top. Lots of switchbacks.

It’s in the shade and gorgeous! Saw South Falls and Lower South Falls.

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike with a wonderful waterfall! Views of Mt Hood were outstanding. I was a little worried about crossing the Sandy River but the water level was fairly low. We crossed on a log which spanned the river. It was a fairly gradual uphill to the waterfall- mostly downhill on the way back to the parking lot.
I highly recommend taking the Ramona Creek loop trail. The views of the creek and the vegetation were beautiful.

trail running
10 days ago

Google maps took us from Hood River, up over the ranges to get to the trail head. This required driving up some gravel/dirt roads with large potholes.

Several 4 wheels drives urged us to turn back, but we persevered. Fortunately we did not get wedged on top of the mountain and made to up to the start of the trail.

I would recommend taking the highway if you do not have something at least as big as an SUV.

The trail itself was quite good. A gradual incline the whole way up to the falls. Challenging to run, with some narrow sections where it is difficult to pass walkers, without pausing and waiting.

Easy decent. The waterfall is impressive in height, but lacking in water at this time of year. With no swimming hole at the base.

Dog friendly.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy hike, elevation gain is very minimal. Great views along various points of the trail. Glacial river was low this time of year. Would recommend going when the glacial river is high if you want a more adventurous river crossing and hike.

Beautiful falls!! I would recommend going clockwise to the falls and probably going back that same way. It follows the creek, and has more shade, so it is cooler. Also I think the insects are lighter. I hiked the full loop at the end of July and killed ALOT of flies that landed on me. The insects dust seem to be as bad on the way back down along the creek though.

hiking
12 days ago

Truly beautiful all the way, pct loop is magical, and wasn't that busy even on a Saturday afternoon! Toilet hasn't been serviced in a while, bring your own tp.

hiking
13 days ago

Such a great trail to a gorgeous waterfall! We were one of only about ten or so cars when we arrived at 10:00 am so we had the trail pretty much to ourselves. The Sandy River crossing was not a problem— there’s a sturdy log with another one nearby to hold on to. Gorgeous view of Mt Hood from the crossing! My friend and I went the “long way” (stayed to the north side of the lollipop) both ways because it was shadier on this hot day. It brought our mileage up a bit, but we stayed cooler. I’m definitely coming back!

camping
14 days ago

unbelievably gorgeous!!

hiking
15 days ago

Very enjoyable hike. Log made the river crossing easy. FYI... flys got really bad about half way up!! If you stop you’ll get swarmed. More of a nuisance then anything else. Falls where beautiful and super refreshing.

Updated the play area.
Great spot.
Clean bathrooms.

WARNING: Too busy as we were passing through. Exit 28 currently does not go through to the lodge. The road is closed. We heard from others that the bridal veil falls we stopped at we’re just as pretty, but not as tall.

hiking
19 days ago

Went Monday morning- got there around 9:50, there were already several cars in the lot, but the trail wasn't overly busy. The wknd must've been a busy one, as the outhouses were LOADED and out of TP. (Ha! Pun intended). Thankfully I didn't have to go! The trail itself is great. Crossing the river seemed fairly easy, and I prefer taking the PCT (to the left once u come to a fork in the road after crossing the river) to go to the falls. It was more picturesque with the creek and the cliffs. The Ramona trail was more out in the open and not as pretty imo. The bugs were TERRIBLE at the falls though. Couldn't really sit and enjoy the view, as you were too busy swatting away biting bugs!!! BLECH!!! But still a beautiful hike to the falls and the falls are definitely worth seeing!

Was hoping to do the hike to the top of the falls, but it was still closed off from the fire. The short quarter mile walk up to the bridge is easy. It was crowded on the bridge but beautiful falls!

Beautiful falls, easy to see but super crowded.... We went on a weekday morning and still had to wait to get into the bridge. Glad we saw it... But wouldn't do it again

hiking
20 days ago

The drive up to the falls isn’t too bad. A few potholes here and there, but my Honda Civic made it through no problem. The hike itself is not too strenuous, just A LOT of flies / bees that literally harass you like you owe them something. Very beautiful views on the way up and once at the falls, there’s multiple spots to hang out and cool off. Very shaded and breezy- even on a hot day (it was around 88 when I went). The river crossing isn’t hard whatsoever. The logs are thick and there’s even a make shift “railing” to hold on to.

hiking
21 days ago

Did the 1.8 out and back. Beautiful waterfall, pretty busy. Top portion of the trail (6 mi) closed.

Nice little hike/walk. The Nature Center was at the beginning of the trail, super friendly, and helpful staff, and Rangers. Went early Monday morning, and didn’t run into anyone else. Wish It was longer. .

Great for new hikers with kids.

Nice area with amazing old-growth (mostly Red Cedar and some Doug) trees. But, this is rated as kid-friendly... this is not appropriate for little kids. I'd say younger than 9-10 year-olds would have a difficult time here. Many points on the trail are so narrow even sure-footed pros might slip and slide.

Fun loop but much of the boardwalk is in disrepair. We went around cautiously and enjoyed the wildflowers.

Went on a Wednesday afternoon and wasn't too crowded. Started at 3 and was back to my car at 6:30. I had my Golden Retriever with me so we stopped a few times for him to cool off in the creek. Would definitely recommend going left at the fork if hiking with a dog, lots of water. Coming back the other way around the loop the trail is completely dry. My dog is a strong swimmer, but crossing the river made me pretty nervous. Current was much stronger and deeper than it appeared. Overall an afternoon well spent!

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