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1 day ago

Love this place!

5 days ago

It was beautiful, but wouldn't consider it kid friendly. Lots of steep areas and narrow trail. Crossing creek twice (well, twice going up, twice going down). Carrying kids there was no way to cross with dry foot. Other members of our party were able to manage cross over logs and rocks. The lake was beautiful though.

An easy and beautiful walk through the forest right by the river. Highly recommend! Especially for an early evening stroll. There is a $5 fee for use but you can’t pay it at the parking lot, you have to get a pass at specific locations in town.

Very easy hike yesterday... Trees were majestic, amazing, almost ethereal... Cool one person bridge.

Some beautiful large trees and a lovely green river! Family loved skipping rocks!

11 days ago

Beautiful hike. Not too hard, but I’m not in the best shape so I didn’t make it all the way. It was a bit too crowded for me. I guess going on the 4th of July was a bad idea. I would definitely do it again!

Really interesting and beautiful to look at the trees. And the bridge is a fun element!

This was a beautiful trail to hike! Not too many people, lots of dog hikers, and great lunchsnack spots. Very little elevation change. Great family hike or trail running location.

Poorly marked trail and like Shawna said there is a sign pointing in the direction you need to go but you can’t see it and it’s only visible coming from the opposite direction.

I went on a Tuesday, I only saw 3 other people (and they were together) that’s a selling point.

You’re supposed to have a discover pass to park, but there’s no place to purchase one, you can get them online, but there’s no cell reception, so. . . I just risked it. Thankfully, I did not get a ticket.

It’s pretty. Short/sweet. Long drive off the main road considering the hike is so short and easy. Walked down the boat ramp and hung out by the water for a bit.

Looks like a nice place to camp and I’d love to go back with a kayak or for some swimming or a picnic.

It’s an easy, simple walk with the river at your side. Not much of a hike as there is nothing to “hike.” It was our easy day so we enjoyed the river noise all the way thru and felt the calm of the old dense Forrest growth. We were there on a quiet Tuesday morning (6:30am) so not much noise at all and we realized there were still campers sleeping at the campgrounds so we walked quietly passed that area. There are sections the trail takes you to the road, but not long at all. It’s an enjoyable easy trail.

21 days ago

The trail was well-manicured. Definitely easy - our three small kids would be able to complete this without issue. It had some fun bridges and great scenery. There is not much parking and you can hear road noise from the trail, which is a bummer.

The trees are impressive.

Ultra short but gorgeous deep blue spring fed pond. Once in a lifetime view. Took the Timothy lake/PCT section trail further to some heavily wooded hiking arriving at the large Timothy lake. Short, easy, flat hike.

This was a beautiful trail to hike. We started off at Silver Falls trail and ended up here. The entire hike we were amazed at nature’s beauty thought the entire way. One thing worth mentioning is that there’s a bridge that you have to cross but only one person at a time. So on our way back across the bridge we had to wait like 10 minutes because people were crossing from the other side and would stop. They would start crossing before other people were off so we just waited patiently for our opportunity. Other than that the trees were amazingly gorgeous. Simply mind blown at the size and beauty of the trees. Definitely a trail I will bring my 6 year old son on next time.

I loved this hike. There's easy access to play in the water as well. we went in August so we enjoyed the cold waters.

Beautiful easy trail. Right along the river, gorgeous forest.

Beautiful views. A great way to realize how tiny you are on this planet.

Always a good not too difficult hike in this summer, but if you do go around now expect about a 20 minute walk to the trailhead because of snow. The trail itself is only a bit washed out. However, you might have to get wet to cross the 2 waterfall crossings, the water levels are higher than normal.

Beautiful site, awesome falls, serene, peaceful, and refreshing. not much hiking required, but trails are available.

We passed Little Crater Lake on our way to hike around Timothy Lake. The rating is correct in that the trail is easy - anyone should be able to walk it! The lake is "little" yet deep & beautiful. If you are in the area take a minute to check it out but I wouldn't make a drive out to the Mt. Hood Forest Area just to visit it.

We spent a weekend at the Northern portion of Timothy lake, and hiked there to Little Crater Lake. The hike was wonderful. My grandma in her 70s (I believe) was able to manage the hike (though she's spunky) as well as my 5 year old. We had a good size group and everyone was able to enjoy the hike. Little Crater Lake is a pretty cool phenomenon to see.

Couldn’t get to the trail as there was still a lot of icy snow.

Incredibly amazing place to take your kids and learn about old-growth forests - land of 1000 yr old giants! We definitely will be back again soon. Just inside the park!

This is a great hike for kids and beginners such as myself. Easy, yet beautiful. The trees are astonishing!

Very nice old growth trail! Definitely what I think of when I think Pacific Northwest. However as an out of stater that just wanted to go for a walk, the Oregon State Park parking system is confusing. You drive all the way to the trailhead to find out it’s a pay area but no way to pay and little or no cell service. And I couldn’t find a day parking box or anything. I’d gladly pay to help support the parks but you are supposed to squire a Pass before arriving... Oregonians may already know this but the rest of us don’t.

Wonderful hike through an old growth forest. Bio-diversity was astounding. Adjacent to the Salmon.River so took lots of pictures

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