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I hike National Creek Falls several times a year, it's absolutely gorgeous. A few times early in the season you can't make it to the falls because of a lot of fallen trees along the road. The trail starts above the falls and you hike down to the base of the falls. When you arrive at the base of the falls step down around the point at the bottom and you can see the rest of the falls which are obscured by a Ledge. You can cross the creek at the base of the falls and play in the water. Four years ago a lady fell and broke her leg so be careful. It is a easy hike.

Nice easy trail, good views of sparks lake and interesting rock formations

Road is open and some snow on parts of trail. Extremely muddy in the meadow. Wildflowers are just starting to bloom.

Yeah it’s an easy walk around and it can be crowded but, come on, it’s beautiful and you can swim. But if you want to add some spice bushwhack up the ridge at the far end of the lake. It a hard climb but worth it. At the top turn left and go just about as far as you can. You will be rewarded by the most breathtaking views of Broken Top and S Sister ever. Then a quick trip down (you can’t miss the lake) and you earned your swim. The hike up and down is steep so you flip flops are not going to cut it. Be prepared.

Beautiful and short hike

Unique! Bring a very bright light, a tissue or two and wear a warm coat. Cave ventures back about a mile and a sign notifies you when to stop. Be aware not to wear any other clothes that you've worn in other caves. Definitely worth seeing!

Quick trail, spectacular views.

Bring the whole fam for this one! Mee-Maw and Pop-Pops? They can nail this utterly flat 1.7mi. LIttle cousin Timmy? He won't even need coddling or an extra juicebox to complete this tourist-laden lakeside loop. And fat Aunt Sharon? She'll recall days of yore when it was just "Shari" as she mobs around this short loop like the spritely cross-country runner she was back in college.

It's flat, dead-easy, and on weekends the parking lot is a circuis. Is Multnomah Falls your jam? Cool. Then so is the Tood Lake Loop Trail.

But maybe when at Multnomah Falls you're all "eff this." Maybe you tend more towards the 16mi Larch Mountain trail up and out of M. Falls? If so, then check out the 15-17 mellow miles of the Todd Lake/Soda Creek/Brokentop Trail that ends above the ridge at No Name Lake. It starts here and, well, "it good."

But if you're into kids, tourists, dogs, and "RV people," well, then the Todd Lake Loop Trail may be your Valhalla.

Lovely hike!

Easy and beautiful hike around the lake. Bring layers - when the wind picks up it can be chilly in the shade even on a day that is hot at lower altitude. Given that, it is a great place to go to get a break from the heat.

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike. Our 20 month old was able to walk around. The views are awesome and the lake is worth going.

I came to the lava river cave 7/7/18 for my cousin's birthday and bachelorette get away and it was fun but it can get busy and they only let so much people go in because it's a cave.

the reason I rate this hike 3/5 because I like to see my surroundings, just because I like to look at things as I hike. this was also my first cave hike and for me, I would say that it was a good first time experience but I wouldn't come to bend again just for this hike because I'm not a cave hiker. but I would rather go to an outdoor hike out in bend instead :)

also before coming to this hike, bring your own flashlight so you wouldn't have to buy or rent a mediocre flashlight that cost $10. bring a sweater or jacket, it is cold inside the cave. and be prepared, you have to go through an orientation before going inside the cave, and there might be a line going inside the cave.

hiking
1 month ago

Bring bright flashlights for every person who visits. Use the bathroom before you go. Mind the limited hours and days because you can only visit when it's staffed and open. Dress for warmth in 42 degrees fahrenheit even in the summer - it's ALWAYS that temperature! I have been to the Lava River Cave several times over the years. This review is for my favorite time in July 2007 when I went with my 3 best friends from high school. It was a blast! My friend Jim and I climbed to the upper tube in one area - a considerable challenge. The length is inaccurate on AllTrails. It is just over a mile to the end of the cave, so 2 miles out and back. Of course you don't have to go all the way to the end. There are points where the tube is very cramped (you have to bend over or even crawl) while other places it is huge, with the ceiling towering overhead. The cave is a rather crowded touristy area with a manned booth and various rules, but that can actually help it feel "safer" or less "creepy." There are other less known and less crowded caves around, but this is a good one to take visitors who are new to the area.

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy hike for our three young hikers. Beauty surrounds from the views afar to the ones under your feet. We were surrounded by butterflies, flowers and millions of tadpoles!!! Highly recommend for young family's or even just someone needing a break from the every day errands in life.

Awesome views of lake and mt bachelor. Easy hike with lovely wildflowers and trickling streams

hiking
1 month ago

Easy precursor to connecting with the Broken Top Loop Trail to see Noname Lake. Or use as a cool down after concluding the 14 mile round trip to the top of Broken Top

Beautiful! I even collected a few stones from the base of the falls. Refreshing and rewarding.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike. Super super buggy.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful easy trail. The water is crystal clear. They're beautiful flowers along the way. You walk along the river for a lot of it. There is a bridge 2/3rds in. Pack a lunch and just enjoy the day. This hike turned out to be a four hour, 7.34 mile hike for us.

We don’t normally take in ranger talks, but we did here and were pleased we did because the ranger was super well informed and was happy to answer questions. After the talk he walked onto the lava with us and shared more info. Well worth the stop.

This is one of many great stop for tourists unfamiliar with the Newberry Caldera in Central Oregon. Since I have been regularly visiting the area for over thirty years, I tend to pass up these well-known sites. Though there are dozens if not hundreds of more remote destinations nearby, it's worth a visit to see all the official attractions. It had been a few years since I walked through the lava flow, so it was enjoyable. It can be crowded since it is an easy and accessible trail, though there weren't many people when I visited this time.

Awesome little trail. Great for kids. beautiful waterfall with lots more to enjoy.

hiking
1 month ago

Just gorgeous and easily accessible! Dog friendly. Wear waterproof shoes and bring bug spray!

We chose to “hike” this trail to get some miles in for the day and regretted it half way in. The lake views are beautiful, but half the trail takes you away from it through a mosquito infested forest. When you come back around towards the lake you’re basically walking through people’s campsites and it feels a little odd.

walking
2 months ago

Lovely, easy and well marked trail... if you begin to the Left, it will take you through peekaboo views of several Cascade Mountains as you walk through volcanic rock - such a contrast and a visual delight. The second half of the trail runs side by side with Sparks Lake - I had to pause to not only breath in the breathtaking views but to take photo after photo around every corner. I look forward to returning as everyday in Central Oregon has different weather patterns (blue skies, high/low clouds, rain, snow and more) and each brings its own magic.

This was a great hike for any time of the day. Gorgeous falls and love the access for all views.

walking
2 months ago

very pretty with wildflowers, mountain views, & clear snowmelt lake. trail wet & muddy in places so be prepared.

hiking
2 months ago

Wow wow wow!!! Super cool hike with the family. The lava cave is like no other cave we have been to. Really cold and dark! Def rent the lanterns there. Been inside
The cave is like being locked inside the fridge.
Also wear clothes that you haven’t worn in another cave or mine. This is to prevent spreading a fungus called “white nose” that is killing bats.
A must while in Bend this summer :-)

lots of mosquitos A LOT. bring bug spray. plus side is we had the whole trail to ourselves aswell as the lake. bears are there btw we had one walk into our campsite at 2 am. friendly and left once it noticed us

No dogs allowed

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