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Very pretty hike. will do it again.

Gorgeous but be very careful. We found bear scat today! Google maps has not been updated. there is a log that fell, so the road doesn't even look like a road and is closed. the falls are amazing.

This trail is not easy for sure, there were parts that were very muddy and nearly washed out. Careful where you step else you could slide down the mountain. Totally worth the risk however, the further you go the better the views. Still snow on the ground in March, one of the most beautiful hikes I've encountered yet. Another downfall would be the sound of gun fire from below, but if you can block out the noise this can be a relatively peaceful hike.

this was a great trail, i dont really care for a veiw after. i just enjoy being in a forest with no people around.

5 days ago

Great place to walk the dog and get some exercise. Beautiful on a sunny day but Thursday there was a rainbow across the little valley and I did not have my phone to take a picture! Trails are still muddy in the shade.

5 days ago

Beautiful terrain various from dry to lush. I would say this is light moderate.

Trails are nice and well marked, that’s always a plus, lol. Loved the hike :)

trails are not marked very well but, still a fun easy hike

13 days ago

Good hike for training but it was solely uphill for 6 miles and then right back down. cool foggy forest while I was there with barely another soul. I would definitely hike Hardesty again.

Awesome views!
For being so far west, the large meadow system atop horse rock ridge offers stunning views of high cascade peaks that will surprise most visitors.

19 days ago

Very well maintained, even in the winter (with the obvious exception of some mud!). Quite a bit of open space, but also lots of trees for hiking on rainy days ♥️

Great hike with lots of options!

This is a great area but I'm yet to find the second falls. The trails are poorly marked. I would recommend tracking your mileage or recording your trail to keep on track.

This hike was AMAZING! Honestly, one of my favorite hikes I’ve ever been on. You start in wooded beauty then break out into a mountainside meadow. The views were breathtaking. The low traffic made for a perfect, relaxing Saturday afternoon with the pups. Easy trail for dogs. My pups enjoyed the freedom of low traffic and being able to explore off leash. Through the duration of the hike, I only saw one other couple on the trail. It was perfect serenity.

AMAZING views!! We did this hike 2/15/18 and There was snow! It was slippery at parts, and steep but well worth it. Once you get to the research building go down the road to see another amazing view. That’s was as far as we went but I’m sure you could follow that road for more adventures.

great hike, AMAZING views!! not too difficult, just a few steep areas. highly recommended!

Beautiful views! I’d consider it a moderate hike.

Very happy that the people who use these trails clean up after themselves and their animals.

Solid winter hike, not too busy. Great swimming in the summer. Beautiful falls year round.

This trail has such amazing views of the Valley! Tricky to find- but once you do find it- you will be so glad you did.

1 month ago

This is a beautiful and easy to follow trail, but very, very muddy right now. Also, the first creek you'll come to does not have a bridge, just a few large stones to step on to make your way across. (Careful, they're slick!)

Great trail! Views are fantastic... the only negative was all the shooting that could be heard in the valley below.

This was a great afternoon winter hike. One thing to keep in mind for winter hikes is that trees may have fallen and yet to be cleared. We had a few tree trunks to cross over that would change the difficulty to Moderate.

Another note is to make sure to make sure to wear shoes with traction. We saw people on the trail in rain shoes, aka slickers. This trail has several sections of ascending and descending areas that can be muddy and slippery.

I would also recommend going on to Green Peak Falls after seeing Alsea Falls. There is a $3.00 day use fee payable at the box. Take correct change. None provided.

Amazing views of the cascades and the valley. Felt at one with the universe out here.

1 month ago

This is my favorite trail year round, though it can get a bit muddy in the winter and spring. The trail offers nice views of multiple creeks.

1 month ago

less crowded then spencers butte, but about the same difficulty, be aware you have to pay to park. also try the trail up from the back side if you like a few people

1 month ago

I went back in early December of a sunny day. Bit unclear at times when I came to a couple forks in the road. I looped around the southwest side and the view of Mary's Peak getting swallowed by a storm cloud was awesome! Overall, challenging and enjoyable day.

From the parking area, the trail is difficult to find. Park your car and walk up the road a little further (towards the camping area) and the trail will be on the right side of the road. If you visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon, be prepared for tons of mosquitoes (you’ll basically be walking through clouds of mosquitoes). The first time I came out here, I actually turned around because the mosquitoes were so intense and I was not adequately prepared. The hike to the top of the mountain is short but very steep. Once you get to the top, you receive one of the best views of the Cascades I have ever seen. You also see the ghost town down below and the nearby fire lookout.

The road up to the lookout is rough with ruts, potholes, and bedrock. 4WD is recommended but not required to reach the trailhead.

2 months ago

Amazing and rather well maintained.

Great trail with amazing views. While it does get steep in a few areas it's a pretty easy hike.

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