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backpacking
5 days ago

First hammock camping trip. Tough climb to the lake. No bugs. Dry on the way up, but rained all night and on hike out. Saw fish caught. Probably swimmable with hot weather.
5 or 6 groups of day hikers but only one other overnighter at the lake.
Lots of day hikers with dogs on the lower, first section of the trail.

This trail is currently closed for a month because of a deadly cougar attack until they find the cougar that killed the hiker on the nearby Hunchback Trail.

"The Forest Service closed more than 29,000 acres in the Hunchback Mountain area to public use as officials continue to search for the cougar suspected of causing the death of a Gresham hiker.
The area will be closed for at least 30 days, though the order could end early or be extended depending on the progress of the operation."

12 days ago

Easy trail lots of birds

Great way to spend a few hours by the ocean!

walking
22 days ago

A great place to go on an educational walk with your kids... There are lots of interesting critters and wild growing plants to look at. Its also just a fun place to go when you want a quiet walk through in the woods. The trails can get a bit confusing but once you get used to it, it's not too hard to find your way around.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike is short and sweet with some ups and downs, but views of Mount Hood are world-class and lake itself is serene. Dog enjoyed swimming. No bugs.
However, the drive is awful and that is being nice. Budget 45 minute to/fro from Still Creek Campground.
Glad we did it, but will never drive that road again.

The view of the mountain was stunningly beautiful and picturesque. The lake was just okay, pretty buggy and very green, not super pretty or anything. Beware of the road to get to the trailhead. It’s intense. We saw all the warnings in the reviews and thought “ahhh it’s fine”, but no, this road is the real damn deal. Our Toyota Yaris almost didn’t make it, big ass rocks all over for about 3.5 miles... it was an incredibly stressful drive. That being said, I really enjoyed this hike and would definitely recommend.

1 month ago

It took 35 minutes up and 30 minutes down the road to/from trailhead. The road was as bad as described, and you really are best served with a high clearance vehicle. Veda Lake and the viewpoint of Hood are surreal. It is a beautiful emerald green color. No crowds. Save for a clear day.

hiking
1 month ago

"None shall pass!" I played the part of the balrog while Sequoia was the young version of Gandalf guarding the Bridge of Khazad-dûm. A nice family adopted me into their hiking group for a few minutes. In addition to that bit of fun the loop was quite enjoyable and scenic. It was fairly crowded, probably from people staying at the adjacent campground.

easy,good birding even,several ecosystems,even saw a bald eagle.

walking
2 months ago

Fantastic walk! Good hike with kids and toddlers!

hiking
2 months ago

oh goodness do not take this trail lightly. at about 3 miles on the actual trail I started a chant of "a****** trail I will defeat yooooou"... but I only saw one person at the lake, otherwise, so undertraveled for such a lovely place.

on Whalen Island Trail

2 months ago

Dog loved this place, few people

trail running
2 months ago

Well taken care of, slow grinding up hill, signage is a bit confusing at the beginning and end.

hiking
2 months ago

If you are in McMinnville and want to take a quiet walk in the woods, this is a good place to do it. That’s about all it offers, and you can’t enjoy it with your dog. A confusing network of trails meander through this area, weaving back and forth clearly trying to pack in as much trail miles as can fit into a smaller area. No open views to be had, just a walk through a newer forest.

Rough road going in for sure. Fantastic easy hike. Somewhat steep entry but not too bad , levels out and then descent down to lake. All super doable. Beautiful views of Hood. Again, road is rough jagged rocks in narrow road. All wheel drive preferred.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous hike. Road to the trailhead a bit rough with lots of potholes. Views are incredible...one of the best hikes!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a lovely meander through the woods with wildflowers and tons of ferns. You can make the trail as long or as short as you like, and much of it is in the shade. A lot of the walk is gentle switch backs and this is a good exercise hike/trail run or a more casual post-wine tasting stroll. The proprietors (not a state park or forest land) would like a three dollar donation for trail maintenance, so bring a few dollars with you.

on Miller Woods

hiking
2 months ago

Great way to spend the day. There were laminated maps at the beginning of the trail but they were a little hard to read and figure out where you were. It would be nice along the trails if they would have mile markers that correspond with the map.

I tried to get to this hike from 2 separate routes was unable to get to this trail. I attempted a logging road about milepost 10.5 or 11 on Highway 18 and the road simply disappeared and had to turn around. I then tried going all the way up Slick Rock Creek Rd until it turns into NF 1782 but met a locked gate and private property about 5 miles up. I will try some other routes at a later date and update this info when I do.

Great hike. Super steep. Bring the poles! Leaving from Mineral Spring TH would cut out another mile or 2. I started from Trapper Creek and pegged it at 9.9 miles. Very rewarding.

trail is closed

3 months ago

Beautiful rolling hill trail, breathtaking views of mount hood. Stunning lake! Worth the drive up!

3 months ago

Great easy day hike, I saw lots of dear and other wildlife. Bring water!!

3 months ago

Loved this hike. Lots of nature and neat bridges. Very quiet and loved listening to the birds

hiking
3 months ago

Easy, enjoyable hike. First time here but I intend to go back with some friends. Very quiet, not too crowded. We even saw a deer:)

on Miller Woods

hiking
3 months ago

Really lovely hike, not overly crowded. Different choices to string together a loop. In a few places you come near some houses or buildings, so not super remote, but very enjoyable. And make sure to stay in the trail - lots of poison oak!

Trail was amazing, but I would put this disclaimer that I unfortunately failed to read from others. DO NOT DRIVE A CAR TO THE BOTTOM OF BEAVER SLIDE RD, YOU WILL GET STUCK. Unfortunately had to learn this the hard way while with my wife and baby. Luckily we had enough supplies, but we were stuck about halfway back up the road on the way up and ended up hiking about 5 miles up the road until we were lucky enough to run into some locals that were able to pull us back up the road. The car survived but definitely got very scrapped and beaten. So I will say again; DO NOT GO ON THIS TRAIL WITH A CAR, YOU MUST OWN A TRUCK.

May 2018 update. This trail is no longer open to the public and there are many signs that it is private property and closed as it is no longer safe. The other name for this hike is the Salmonberry trail. CLOSED

5 months ago

Hiked today with my 9 year old. Easy and lots to look at. Even with the Earth day event at the main building there weren’t many people on the outer trail.

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