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Awesome fall hike. Spectacular wilderness views along the way. Going to be sore in the morning!! Great job for the crew that cleared the downed trees

Good elevation change, light traffic, and great viewing of fall colors!

hiking
24 days ago

This was an absolutely gorgeous hike! Perfect sunny Fall day to absorb all that nature has to offer. The leaves were changing, both creeks (Camp Creek & Still Creek) were running at perfect heights, it was completely silent with exception of the sound of the water and an occasional bird. Perfection!! Highly recommend this when you have a couple hours to explore and enjoy some incredible scenery. :)

Side note: Definitely take the road to Camp Creek Campground, as others have mentioned, approximately milepost 47. To our surprise, the campground had already closed for the season, but we just parked off to the side, just outside the gate. By foot, enter the campground and stay to the right at the split, There’s a turnaround past the campsites with a small parking lot that only holds about 2-3 cars. Directly across from that is a bridge that leads to the trailhead. Enjoy!! :)

hiking
27 days ago

So calm,so cozy

backpacking
29 days ago

Hiked this trail over this gorgeous weekend in October. Quite a few day hikers up to the viewpoint. No one after that. We stayed at Goat Creek with one other group. Took a day hike the next day well past the Kinzel Lake trail connection. Found MANY piles of semi-fresh cat scat on the trail. Also found evidence of bear activity and a paw print. Definitely had "that feeling" of being watched/followed for much of this part of the trial (from about mile 5.5-8 or so). We made lots of noise. On the way back to camp found a very fresh cat print in the trail. Made more noise :). Stay in groups (please) if you hike past Goat Creek. There definitely is wildlife in abundance past that point.

Really pleasant hike. Nice and flat. Great vantages of the river. Went for fall colors, but they’re not quite out yet (not a complaint).

If you want a quiet non crowded workout, this would be good for you. I wouldn’t do it again because I like hikes with views. There isn’t really a view because the end is the start of the Hunchback trail. I went the same weekend as the deadly cougar attack so I think the trail is temporarily closed now.

Great hike for the family.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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

hiking
2 months ago

Have hiked this trail many times and enjoy it a lot. It's one of those "go to" spots when I just want to get away without having to put a lot of effort into it. The terrain is easy, trail well marked. Lots of places to camp in the first 2 miles, a few after. You can actually link up with other trails and make your way all the way to the PCT. From there there's Timothy Lake to the south and Mt. Hood to the north.

Good for dogs!

Great out and back; more of a good rugged walk than a hike. Perfect for rehanbing my insufferable Achilles tendonosis and knee with zero cartilage. Labor Day, not crowded at all until after 1pm. Lots of doggos, some kiddos. Fun to watch beginning climbers rapelling on a cliff face about 1.5 miles in where you have to follow the road for about 50 ft.

Easy and gorgeous. One of my favorite hikes by far. Go early. Nobody around. Very peaceful.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a very nice hike through the Mt Hood Forest. We encountered only a few hikers on the trail even though it was Labor Day and weather was wonderful. Although it is rated as a "moderate" hike, my husband (with two new knees about a year from surgery) was able to manage the terrain fairly well. There were areas of dabbled sunlight and low to moderate underbrush with a few clearings for a sunburst or two on our journey. The creek bed we crossed was dry and the trail was relatively sturdy. The foliage consisted of a variety of plant life from Trillium, huckleberry, Oregon grape, Salal to Cedar, Vine Maple, Deer, Sword and Bracken fern. Although there was a crossroad in the trail there was no signage so we where not quite sure which way to go but it made no difference to us since we needed to return in the same direction we came. We plan to try it again as the seasons change to enjoy its new beauty with the changing colors and environment. This trail is a good choice for solitude without an extremely difficult trek. Parking is limited if you start from the Stillcreek trailhead off of road 12 and there are a lot of pot holes in the road to get there. Well worth the trip.

Great scenery, easy hike, our dog loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

Simple starter hike. Lush forests as far as the eye can see. Park by your the old bridge, room for three cars. Enjoy!

Good view of Hood just make sure it’s a clear day.

Was visiting Orlando with my family and wow what a beautiful hike!!

I did this hike last week and it was great! definitely a good workout with amazing views. I went on a Sunday, midday and only came across a few other hikers. It did take me a little bit of navigating to get to the trailhead though, because my GPS took me on a route that had a closed road. Luckily there are lots of other forest roads to get you there. I highly recommend this hike and would do it again.

hiking
3 months ago

It’s definitely easier to get to this through Camp Creek Campground. Go straight until you have to turn right. Follow the road until you get to the bridge on the left. Parking for three vehicles on right directly across from the bridge. We got there about 915am, campers were just stirring. We didn’t see anybody on the out and back portion of the trail. I planned on going out and back, but it ends at a service road and access to the creek. Hung out at the creek a bit then followed the service road to the right because my map showed it went to a path the intersected with the Still Creek path at the halfway point so we followed it. Turned out to be lead to another service road to the right so we followed that. It dead ended at what looks like a camping area that’s fallen into disuse and there the trail ended. We were really close to the Still Creek Trail, so after a few minutes of navigating the underbrush we did pop back into the trail. We didn’t see anybody until that moment, there were a few large family groups going by then. Probably looked a little crazy to them.

The last half of the trail is very narrow next to a ravine, coming back against those large groups would have been interesting. Also the sign at the service road says horses are ok, but I don’t see how. I wouldn’t hike this alone, an accident could easily happen. There’s tons of shade for the sun-sensitive. The service road had no shade. There aren’t any eye-popping flowers or vegetation here, but it’s quiet, and pretty, we could almost always hear the creek. We went through a bottle and half of water. About 36 ounces.

We hike the west, steep, part of this trail with our 3 elderly dogs most days when we’re in our cabin. Our mood and level of fatigue determines how far we continue after the first turn around. The directions given appear to be for the lesser used east end of the trail and to that extent are incorrect. Road 32xx has been decommissioned at the fork. Further, as of a few weeks ago, the bridge has been decommissioned so much of the access is necessarily on foot, extending the effective trail length by about one mile.

Alternatively, park in the Camp Creek Camp Ground, cross the footbridge at the west end and ascend a few hundred yards on Still Creek Trail to its junction with Road 32, turn right, and continue to the Flag Mountain Trailhead, approximately 3/4 mile.

Most hikers (as evidenced by the other reviews and by observation) access Flag Mountain Trail from the western trailhead, where the oft-mentioned steepest half mile is found. Turn west onto Road 20 off Hwy 26, continue approximately 1 mile to Road 20E on the left. The trailhead is about 40 yards in, with parking for several cars. (If no space is available, there are multiple turnouts on Road 20 that can be used.)

hiking
3 months ago

Flat. Good "warm up" trail with neat mossy tree views and river. Runs along river and the road but only heard 3 cars whole time near far end of trail. Couple spots to dip toes in river and possibly swim, take water shoes. Need a parking pass, get one at the Zig Zag info station .25 mi west of Salmon River Rd.

hiking
3 months ago

Came out to go backpacking, but once I got to the top I realized I probably wasn't going to be able to pitch a tent anywhere comfortably.

You are in the trees most of the way with a steady incline all the way to the top. Once there, the view is amazing.

One note for other hikers is that there were a lot of flies on the hike and especially at the top, so it would be good to be prepared for that.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a very nice hike through beautiful woods. Shady on a hot day, with a nice creekside picnic spot at the end.
The AllTrails directions make getting to the trailhead more difficult than necessary. Just go to the Camp Creek campground just off Hwy 26 about Milepost 47. In the campground, take a right past campsites to a bridge, which is the trailhead, on the left over Camp Creek. Parking (for about 3 cars) on the right. on the right

loved it I did it in may a while back but never logged it beautiful at the top but ran into some snow and heavy rain on the way back down

camping
3 months ago

Did this trip as our first overnight backpacking trip in mid June. Hiked the little over 8 miles to Linney Creek Trail and camped at the site there right next to the river. The water was great through a filter. The trail never got too steep and had a few beautiful view spots. There were many creeks on the trail as a water source as well.

hiking
3 months ago

The bridge on road 20 is closed. Had to backtrack to highway 26 take still creek road to road 12 approx 5 miles the trailhead was clearly defined. A bit tough for toddlers but a nice hike.

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