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Breathtaking views at the top. I agree with the moderate rating- incline was steady but definitely manageable for a moderately-experienced hiker. Bring sunscreen for the top because there's no shade. If you love this hike, you'll also love Tolmie Peak at Mt. Rainier National Park.

My favorite hike on the Columbia Gorge. Definitely a workout but the view is totally worth it!!!

hiking
21 hours ago

tough hike up and down. beautiful views

22 hours ago

Beautiful!! Great hike, pretty views after the meadow. Seemed a lot longer then the posted mileage.

Summited August 18th with my mom for her 50th birthday and four of my aunties! Fantastic hike, it was my second time summitting. Views were incredible both on the ascent and at the top. Bring at least 4 liters of water and research what to pack!

My brother, a niece, a nephew and two girl friends and I set out to do this trail on Aug 9-13th. We stayed that long but didn’t finish the loop. We started at Lava Camp lake trailhead. We started way too late in the day and by brother became overheated to the point of stopping. South Matthieu lake was our stop. We decided to set out to finish the first days 3 miles as well as the second days 10. Needless to say we only made it to Soap Creek. By then I was suffering with many blisters. Instead of continuing on we set up camp and headed back the next morning . *side-note, we should have just continued because the way back was way harder. So we made it back to Matthieu lake for the night and chose the next day to go the other way, PCT. we made it to Minnie SCOTT spring where it was beautiful, butterflies everywhere. We set up camp and set out to see Opie Dilldock Pass and was not disappointed. We hiked out the last day to our finish. I will say everything from Matthieu lake south to past soap creak was nothing but a burn scar and only water at alder creek. When it is hit there is absolutely no sun protection. Lava lake camp trail is also a burn scar. I will do this hike again and finish it. I will start at pole creek or obsidian. I want to see the south end.

Nice place to hike. Love this trail.

hiking
1 day ago

Moderate, but on the lighter side. On a good day you can see Rainier, St Adams & Mt Hood at the same time if you take the short trail extension at the top,

Hard, but worth it in the end!

One of the best viewpoints around. Smoky time of year, but when we reached summit of Silver Star, we had clear views above the smoke layer of St. Helens, Rainier, Adams, Hood, and a bit of Jefferson. Lots of trail offshoots - use the map. We extended our hike to include scramble up Sturgeon Rock (awesome) then a loop back via Tarbell Trail. Warning on Tarbell - new logging roads have been cut through trail...again, use map w/Phone/GPS and you’ll find trail. Also, after parking at Grouse Vista, trailhead starts *across* parking lot from pit toilet (not the other way, which is continuation of Tarbell).

Very hard hike but so worth it! Boulder section was THE most challenging for me. Never ending. The climb to the top was hard but since I knew I was right there it was ok. Beautiful day!!!

hiking
1 day ago

The falls are beautiful. The hike was easy but not a lot to see along the way which made it more difficult in my mind. Would probably hike from PCT if I were to go to Ramona again.

hiking
1 day ago

Our family of 4 completed this hike today and loved it (about 3.5 hours including a 20 min lunch). It wasn't very difficult, very pretty and the return trail on the lollipop was definitely our favorite. The falls have a unique look which was very nice. The round trip distance with my GPS watch was 6.87 miles from the trailhead. Also you must get a day pass from town, you can't get it at the trailhead. Loved it!

Solid incline through burned forest which had allowed beautiful floral growth. Incredible views of Hood, and in clear day Adams and Hamilton.

Great views of Mount Hood and others in the distance. This was an easy to moderate hike and I think I finished within 3 hours roundtrip with a lunch break. I combined this hike with the mirror lake loop. I’ve seen much nicer lakes but there was a nice view of Mount Hood over the lake. IThere were also some nice wildflowers near the lake. This is a pretty populated trail with not a lot of space at the Trailhead to park. There’s a lot of dogs on the trail which I enjoy seeing and I enjoyed watching them play in the water. In other words, a dog friendly trail.

Stunning views that make you totally forget you haven’t even made it to the TDH summit yet. In fact judging by the last quarter mile of trail, no one completes the summit because the best has already been done. If you want to push through, be warned that the trail is almost non existent and somewhat technical. Very few people which is nice if you do decide to go further. The place explodes into a circus line of hikers after 9 AM. The only reason it’s not a five star hike is because of its population problem. I found litter along the trail as well as bags of dog poop that people were kind enough to bag but dumb enough to leave behind. Come on humans!!

Stunning views, pretty steep at times. I started in Seaside and only saw one person for the first four miles. Got pretty crowded the closer I got to Indian Beach. Large portion of trail is very muddy. Definitely wear hiking boots (not shoes) as the mud is ankle deep in many places. So worth the effort.

Great challenging hike! Views amazing despite haze. I recommend bringing some kind of spikes/yaktrax and hiking poles (I did it without but wished I had them). There is a ton of snow to hike through and it's straight up! Took about 4hrs to get up and 1.5hrs down. We brought trash bags for glissading! It was so much fun after all that hardwork! I would recommend for comfortable glissading to wear waterproof pants and layers to keep your booty warm and some waterproof gloves! I hiked all the way up in a tank top and threw on my patagonia for the way down! Be sure to bring water and snacks to refuel!

Total disappointment. While people have posted some beautiful pics of the gorge, if you follow the loop trail indicated by alltrails, you will see nothing remotely worthwhile. I am moving out if state next week and choose this hike as my last one based on all the great reviews. What a waste. Wish I had known what trail to take or continue on to actually reach a scenic view.

Great hike. more than we expected but Ramona Falls was worth it!

This hike is certainly not an easy one but boy it’s worth the grind.
The boulders do go on forever and right when you can see the summit and feel as if it’s within reach, then comes the ash scree! The last 200-300ft are the hardest in my mind.
But once you reach the summit, the pain will be worth it. Along the trail up, there are gorgeous views of Mt Adams and Mt Hood too. Will do it again!

Steep start with lots of switchbacks. Getting to the top is well worth it. Hopefully the weather is kind so you can see Mt. Hood. Their is a ridgeline that you can continue to climb if you so choose. You don’t need to to get a great view. Limited parking spots near the trailhead as of now. I had to drive a mile up the rode to Find parking and walk back toward the trail on the road. Well worth the journey.

it was hard but definitely worth the view.

The trail in many areas needs repair attention. The bright orange markings provide a good warning to bike riders. Beware of cinders and rough gravel at some road crossings. We will definitely ride this trail again.

Grueling trek. Boulder fields seem to go on forever, and the final uphill over the loose ash is harsh and you'll doubt your ability to reach the top. Once you get there the views are amazing.

Even with the heavy smoke, this is an amazing hike! Super diverse and not very hard at all. Could have stayed in the meadows and the lookout all day long. Will definitely be back in early fall

If you’re doing this hike in the summer (as we did), bring at least 3 liters of water- it is hot and dusty all the way to the summit. After you pass the tree line (2miles), the terrain is very rocky so bring gloves - you will spend ~ 2 miles scrambling over boulders. The last part is the hardest to go up - an incline of loose ash for about a mile. The view from the top is nice, but in the summer everything is brown and dry looking, and the sky can be hazy. Took us about 10 hours with several nature pee and snack breaks. Bring water, sunscreen, layers, gloves, boots, and poles.

hiking
4 days ago

Hiked 08/15/18. The mileage is most definitely 19 miles round trip minimum. The flies are still kind of mental in the forested section above Ramona Falls but they thin out as you get out of the treeline and into the open meadows above. The last section along the open ridge has some harrowing drops to your left as you ascend. Have fun, be safe and pack it out.

This hike kicked my ass. Went when it was in the 100’s and it was humid. Went through my camel pack water and two water bottles before even reaching the top. Luckily a guy gave me a water and Gatorade because I had a panic attack and was crying because it was so humid. So yes bring LOTS of water. The hardest part was the last mile going up the rocks and probably coming back down because your exhausted. But the view is worth it. If you’re not in shape or don’t hike I suggest that you don’t do this as your first hike.

BRING LOTS OF WATER LOL

Definitely a workout on the legs and knees, but worth it. Always come prepared! It can be quite chilly and windy at the top. We took a little side trail loop on the way down - it was a nice change in scenery and much warmer.

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