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This one is fun. Suspension bridges and ladders make it especially unique. Great views of waterfalls and cascades. I did the entire trail and as other reviews have said just be careful and know that you probably shouldn’t bring pets/children. At the split near the beginning of the trail I veered right and went over the bridge. I think this is the better route because you get great views of the falls on the way back up.
Here's a video of my experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF5ragxSIw8&t=4s

***After the 30 foot ladder but before the next bridge there is another smaller ladder that is somewhat hard to find. It leads to a short out/back trail on a ridge that pays off with extraordinary views.

Travelers note:
Forest pass: YES
Parking fee: $5 without forest pass
Travel time from Portland: about 2 hours
Driving conditions: road to the trailhead has a fair amount of potholes and such. Drive is possible in a car but probably better to have a vehicle with clearance.

My dog and I hiked this gorgeous trail today. Super easy, well maintained, awesome suspension bridge across the creek and adjacent to falls, beautiful falls.

Amazing hike! Can’t wait to come back in summer to splash in the creek.

Very special place. It's one that we've been talking about doing for a long time but I guess it was so close we always put it off. Move it to the top of your list of hikes within an hour of Portland.

hiking
8 days ago

Just a heads up. It's hunting season. Worth the $5 to buy an orange hunting vest so you don't get shot. Ran into a couple hunters who informed me of hunting season and let me borrow a vest. Better safe than sorry. Suspension bridge was awesome.

Very busy trail, but super cool waterfall and bridge. Go when no one else is there (weekday).

Can’t really talk about the view since I was in a cloud the whole hike but i will say i don’t think this hike is very safe for children due to the rock slides. Overall a Moderate hike not to bad

Great hike! We didn’t intend to do this one, but we were finished hiking Ape Caves and realized this was so close. The first two sections are pretty great...rather short...so totally doable. Parts were a little scary since it was so wet out. The bridge was quite frightening for someone who is afraid of heights. More than adequate amount of signage. I would recommend this hike when it is dry out. Gorgeous views. Did not attempt to hike the most difficult part, I read in forums that it’s quite dangerous when wet.

hiking
23 days ago

Really nice trail walk to the suspension bridge and waterfall! This is an EASY trail with a pretty grand ending, therefore it draws a lot of attention-ie other hikers, kids, etc. If you want to avoid people, I’d aim for hiking it on a weekday morning. Otherwise, expect to share the experience :)

A great hike and less traffic on a Monday early afternoon.

Lots of people were parked at the trail head, but we only ran into two other couples the entire time. The trail is nice, but I’m not sure how anyone has gotten down to the base of Sahalie falls (at least recently). There’s a small sign on a tree pointing down a trail that looks manageable, but once you actually get onto the trail there is a large portion that is almost completely blown out. You would really need to hang onto something and literally slide down to the base. It was not ideal for me nor my dog, so we passed and came back halfway down. You also cannot see the falls from any point because trees block the view. If there was a secret to seeing them, we did not find it. :(

Umbrella falls was easy enough to get to. We started at the trailhead and went up the incline. Overall not too bad if you’re used to a little elevation gain, although some people did use poles. When you see the marker for Sahalie Falls 1 mile ahead take a right up the other trail and you’ll run into the other falls pretty quickly. Very easy trail. I think you may also be able to park closer and just walk down?

Overall, the trail was okay, but a big bummer not being able to see or get to one of the two falls. Also, there are three or four spots where the trail is almost completely blown out. Not impassable, but if you have a small child or a smaller dog be aware they’ll need some assistance. Also water was flowing so beware your shoes if they’re not ready for water or mud.

Great hike! Go on a clear day and you’ll get amazing views from the top. It took me about 1.5 hours to get to the summit. When driving there you’ll see that the directions on All Trails is a little off, but once you get close there are signs that direct you toward the trailhead.

A great, easy hike for the whole family to enjoy. Easily our favorite hiking spot to take the kids along on.

Nice easy trail. Busy. Take the north loop to avoid the traffic. Falls are nice, bridge is cool. Collected some mushrooms, yum.

The wander in is really pretty. fairly deep forest. Not especially challenging. couple minor hills but thats really all. the view of the falls from the bridge and the area across the canyon are absolutely wonderful.
That much said, even on a cool early Friday morning there were a ton of people. on my way in, I passed 4 groups of people in less than a mile. all of them were super friendly and gave a pleasent good morning as we passed each other. on the way out, however, I must have passed 10 to 15 groups totalling 50 to 60 people. and most of them had zero trail manners, using their large 5 to 10 people group to block the whole trail forcing me completely off the rather wide trail. Some of the groups had younger kids who were yelling and screaming and stomping on mushrooms and trying to push over small trees. while I'm happy to see parents bringing their kids in a no cell service area, a little respect for nature wouldnt hurt.
I may go back during the spring run off, but not unless its a cold rainy day.

hiking
1 month ago

We love this hike. I would recommend going early in the day on weekends. The views from the top are magnificent.

I e only ever done the very short part of this hike where we loop back after the suspension bridge but this time we decided to go right and continue on. I looked at the map and I saw where we could stay in the Lava Canyon trail by keeping left at the bridge. Once we hit SCOTT trail we took a little break over looking the river. We decided to go down SCOTT trail u til it met up with the upper part of Lava Canyon trail. It is t marked but you can see the trail to the left. Also I knew it was only .3 of a mile. They really should put signage there. The upper trail is all up! Looks like an old Forrest access road overgrown. But we had to take a couple short breaks to rest. It’s over 3 miles up. I believe we climbed about 1204 feet. I could definitely say no dogs past the suspension bridge and this is definitely rated HARD in my book. Scary at times. I am glad I did it.

hiking
1 month ago

fun 8 mile hike with gorgeous views at the top. definitely take the time to climb up the first rocky outcropping before the boulder field for a preview of the views to come! the boulder field looks daunting but the trail is fairly clear once you get going.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely longer than 7 mile. This hike is a bit over 8 miles. Also when you are on the trail and encounter the first rock slide, don’t deviate left and up as you will be going the wrong way. Stay right and you will be fine.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty cool walking under Hood River Meadows ski lift with no snow! Steep in a few spots and Mt Hood peak poking her head through the trees...well-marked trail. Both waterfalls are stunning was very quiet for sunny Sunday morning. Pretty steep going down to Sahalie Falls-lots of roots to help with the scramble and absolutely worth it!

Nice local trail. Trail was rocky but in good condition. We had three small dogs and they enjoyed the hike. The parking lot was full but we only saw a couple of people while out on the trail. There are lots of different trails but it would be hard to get lost because you can see the city. It was a very enjoyable short hike.

This was my first time hiking this upper trail. There are loose rocks and the trail itself was narrow but the views are great! The trail itself was a little confusing due to forks on the trail. I was glad I took a picture of the map before I started. I hiked down to the Canyon Trail, the foliage by the creek was vividly showing of all the colors of fall which was absolutely beautiful this time of year!

We hiked this trail on father's day and it was very busy, but not over crowded, fairly easy walking, my 5yr old almost did the whole trail on his own, so it's very kind friendly. loved the view of the falls and the pools at the bottom to play in the water and cool off.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful!

First, the map is wrong but the road to the trail head is clearly marked so just follow the signs!!
This is an amazing hike! Leaves are starting to turn and there are fantastic colors. A definite must!!

Easy, beautiful hike.

Awesome place to take friends and family

on Lava Canyon Trail

2 months ago

Not for kids or dogs. Watch your footing as it gets very narrow in some spots. It was pouring rain when we went so we had to be extra cautious on the slopes and the ladder.

Drive out on one lane road was tricky. But well worth it. Trail was easy. Nice waterfall.

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