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This trail is full beautiful waterfalls. Just do not follow Google maps to go to the trailhead. Google Maps will take you on literally a very narrow jungle road. I suggest you use the day time for your entire trip because at night it gets extremely foggy in there. It reduces to visibility to only a few yards. All in all it was a great experience.

hiking
11 days ago

This is a great hike, the waterfalls are breath taking and beautiful.

You should know that the trailhead is in a very remote area of the coast range- the access roads are primitive and not maintained like a regular road. You will be driving on remote roads for at least 30 minutes to access this trailhead.

I strongly recommend following William Sullivan’s (Oregon Coast Range Hiking Book) driving directions to access the trailhead; do not use google maps. Google took me on a dangerous “shortcut”, a 6 mile detour on a 4X4 completely unmaintained logging trail. My car got scratched to shit. I could have easily gotten a flat tire.

On the way back, I followed William Sullivan’s directions in conjunction with apple maps; this was much safer (still gravel road with potholes, but much wider and maintained). I strongly recommend having a car with ground clearance.

All in all, great hike, and don’t be dumb like me and leave navigating up to google on this one; do some preparation in advance. Bring a GPS or detailed maps. Happy trails

hiking
14 days ago

Rated hard but is on the easy end of it. Not technical. Clear trail to the top. If you are able bodied this is relatively easy

Just did this a few days ago and I’ve done this hike multiple times. It’s a perfect little day trip (coming from Eugene) and the falls are gorgeous!

Great hike! Steep, but rewarding views and wildflowers.

Hiked Iron Mountain last week and the view was worth the work. Pack a lunch and enjoy.

hiking
1 month ago

Just in to the lake and back. 4.3 miles. First half burnt by recent forest fires. Second half and lake just fine. Deserted and still beautiful.

Day use fee $5 :)
Pretty hike! Not particularly difficult - I was expecting a bit more of a challenge, but the view is nice and I love trekking through the woods.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy to find trailhead and it’s nicely marked. Beautiful views at the top. We stayed for a while taking pics and enjoying the views. It was a clear day so we saw all the surrounding mountains. Beautiful!

Went in middle October. The leaves were changing and just gorgeous.

hiking
2 months ago

Had the place to myself today! Got there early and it was raining but I loved it. Got slightly confused with parts of the trail but figured it out. One of my new favorite hikes! Good for all skill levels. There's two ways to go in. I went on the trail on the right. The foliage was beautiful.

Trail in great shape, some nice fall colors. Not too difficult, dog loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is gorgeous and 4.5 miles RT

hiking
2 months ago

I did the summit via the trail head on the west side, off forest rd 5824. 5824 is off North shore rd, which follows lookout point and the North fork of the Willamette, across the river from hwy 58. It's not recommended to take a passenger car up this rd, but is passable with an AWD or 4x4. It's a cool offroad drive up the mountain. Just follow the "main" rd 5824 without turning off and you can't miss it. You will see a hiker symbol on the left next to a small parking area. From there the hike is 8.7 miles round trip and is an easy to moderate hike. Tons of giant old growth fir and cedars from 3' to 10' in diameter. Great hidden gem on that side, but still not a great view on the summit. Worth it for the trees alone. Great hike!

Fun place to hike with kids or go for a run! I liked it so much hiking with a group of kids that I went back the next day and ran it. Shady and covered by trees. The ground feels padded and bouncy I loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a nice short hike up to a magnificent viewpoint of the surrounding cascades. I intended to jog the entire way up but was hit hard by the 4000 ft elevation starting point and ended up walking rather than running about a quarter of the way. I brought my dog with me and due to the steep terrain she had to stay on leash. The decent isn't too technical, but due to the narrow singletrack our speed was slower than I expected. Be careful. Watch your step. Keep your dog on leash and enjoy the amazing views at the refurbished lookout at the summit. FYI. I would have given this trail 5 stars had it been a little bit longer. I didn't want the trail to end.

Beautiful hike!!

hiking
2 months ago

The falls were beautiful and enormous! Short, easy hike and I would 100% recommend the hike to anyone.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful short easy hike - the lower falls are gorgeous and since it’s end of September- can only imagine how full they are in the spring . The fall colors of the vine maple against the black lava/obsidian is breathtaking...Definitely coming back!

Hike for any level hiker! Beautiful waterfall that you can hike right to the base of the fall for spectacular photos.

9/19/18
Do both falls, it’s a short loop trail with an offshoot to each of the waterfalls...they’re not visible from the main loop. If you are able, hike to the base of the lower falls and up the side of the upper falls. If for some reason you only have time for one, do the lower falls...the way the water cascades and breaks up is really quite beautiful.

easy and fun

Great short hike. Really easy. You start walking through the forest for a bit, then through some volcanic rock fields, then end up at lower proxy falls. Lower proxy is the larger of the two falls and the path off the main loop to its base can require some scrambling around fallen trees and rocks, but is nothing too challenging. Upper proxy is great as well, there was a giant pool of water at the bottom when we arrived, so in order to really see it clearly we had to climb up a path to the right when facing the falls. You could do this loop in 30-45 minutes straight, but you’ll probably want to stop and enjoy the waterfalls. We stayed on the loop for 1.5 hrs.

This hike kicked my butt in the hot weather. Was worth it though! The drive is a little rough.

What a great hike! perfect day, nice breeze. Awesome views once you reach the old look out tower. Perfect place to sit and relax while eating lunch while soaking in the views.

Great trail, very easy. Beautiful scenery.

Amazing view!

on Iron Mountain Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked to the top with My Sunflower the first week of May. There was still quite a bit of snow on the trails both in shaded and open areas. We could not make it to the top by the normal route because of the snow drifts that were still deep and to soft, so we made our own route on a steeper, open area from the west by southwest side.
We made our way back down from the top by an equally steep route which gave My Sunflower an anxiety attack because of the steepness but she pulled through like a trooper.
Also lost the bottom leg extension on my black diamond trekking pole on the steep decline somewhere. We’ll try to find it a little later on a return hike.

backpacking
3 months ago

End of Summer hike. Scenery was beautiful, nice views....and also the forest is making a comeback. We saw many deer over the 3 days (we camped at square lake). We caught some trout as well! Downside was that the trails were very dusty and it was pretty much like walking on sand the whole time.

This would be a 5 star mountain bike trail. I was ignorant in choosing a hike that day, and didn't really research this area; the trails are definitely well suited for mountain bikes, but it might be a better idea to choose a different hiking trail. Beautiful forest setting and decent solitude. The whole time I was hiking had me wishing I had my mountain bike with me.

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