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backpacking
2 hours ago

Hiked up on the evening of July 3 to stay through the holiday and only a handful of campsites were occupied. Mosquitoes were pretty bad - we were thankful for our head nets.

Incredible views, plenty of water the whole way. Trail is a superhighway and very well maintained.

We got to the trailhead at 6pm and there was plenty of parking - just us and a few trailrunners taking advantage of the long days to go up & back before dark. Hiking out on Friday morning we easily passed 100 people coming in; this is one of the busiest trails I've been on in Oregon. Definitely one for weekdays & evenings if possible.

Very nice hike. The first 2 miles is fast easy tread. Once above the tree line, the trail gets steep and the last mile it gets really steep. Great views of Spring Valley. Steady flow of people coming and going, but not crowded.

hiking
13 hours ago

It was a good time to be had. Not too difficult, not the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Maybe don’t try to climb around the rim if you’re inexperienced or weary of heights.

Just an amazing hike with every step a picture perfect opportunity. Very family friendly but like others have mentioned, water shoes or waterproof hiking boots are a good idea. Don’t go in a hurry, and enjoy natures artwork.

on South Sister Trail

hiking
16 hours ago

We hiked yesterday, beautiful but hard! I am a runner & in good shape but struggled with altitude as was a grind at certain places (smoke from fires didn’t help). Took us 8 hours & we started early at 6AM based on reviews which was good suggestion- gets hot! Dress in layers as hot on hike up but cooler at top. There are some rocky/ sandy sections where hard keep footing so be careful. Bring hiking poles, good shoes, lots water & snacks. Sadly 8/19 had lots smoke & think today & next few days will be worse so check air conditions & put off if you can as marred our views, although still beautiful. I saw a few dogs on trail & as a dog owner/ lover- don’t bring them! It is a hard hike- lots climbing & hot, rocky & hard on my feet so can only imagine theirs.

i have made this trip twice now. too many roots and rocks to trip over. always having to look down to watch my step. lake is beautiful though.

A nice hike in the woods with an overview of Diablo lake at the end - however when I did the hike this afternoon (8/20) there was so much haze that you couldn’t see much of a view.

hiking
18 hours ago

Went during sunset, real awesome, unfrotunately lots of smoke from the fires that fill up the central valley. Hike is easy.

ditto everyone's comments on how great it was. the negative was finding the path down to the pool. its not a trail but more a goat path along the back rim of the pool. when you arrive, go to the back side of the pool by veering right off the trail. you'll get to a semi flat spot just left, above the falls. from there climb the rocks along the edge and you'll go over the top and back down where you go straight down to the water. not as hard as it sounds but not easy to find.

AMAZING. Did this with some storm clouds in the distance which is terrifying and definitely not recommended, but absolutely breath taking.

backpacking
1 day ago

Camped in a wind shelter near the summit August 17 to 18, 2018. High of around 65 during the day and low of 40 at night, though it felt colder from the wind. From noon to 3pm, it is comfortable to wear just a t-shirt and shorts at the summit. Outside those hours, the temperature got chilly. Sunset, sunrise, and stars were fantastic.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike! Parking is limited, so arrive early. The trail is wide and well maintained to Sol Duc. Moderate to heavy traffic. Spectacular waterfall views. The trail beyond was a steady incline with intermittent views as you climb. We encountered a fair number of backpackers doing the Seven Basins Loop-it was perfect weather for it! Some loose rocks on the trail, so mind your step. We reached Deer Lake which was surreal and stopped for lunch. It's worthwhile to walk around the lake. The trail becomes a "primitive path" in parts but is still easy to navigate and well worth it. The climb back down to Sol Duc was quick.

Long but rewarding hike. Lots of little water falls on the way. Great views of South Sister and Broken Top.

Leave early, bring lots of water and don’t bring your dogs. Take your time. This was my first Mountain with high elevation gain and I took it slow. We left at 6 am and got back around 4:40 pm. Beautiful butterflies at the top. The smoke was a bit intense and didn’t let us see far out views but it was still rewarding.

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.

Relatively easy hike to the lake, which offered a one-of-a-kind view w/ the reflection of the Mt on the water. If you're up for it, I'd highly recommend going up Tom Dick and Harry Mt. It's well worth the time, distance, and incline for the breathtaking view at the top. All-in-all, I spent about 4 hours on the trail. As others have said, get there early, parking is slim.

The whole hike was excellent! the first few miles started easy then it gradually increase as you work your way up to the top. Going down from the top is a little scary so I suggest you take you steps carefully. It took me almost 4 hours from top to bottom (lower trail)

I’m from Florida so this mountain was tough!!!! The elevation was hard on me. It just gets worst the higher up you go. I took two poles and thank god I did. They saved me twice from falling coming down. Bring lots of water and snacks!!

With the fire going on, there's too much smoke. And no shade. Good workout, but mediocre Vista. I'm sure it's splendid when visibility is good.

hiking
2 days ago

Good views at the top but the climb to the top is brutal. It was also super hazy/smokey (not the trails fault).

If you are not in shape or don't enjoy hiking then find another trail. Bugs were not bad besides a fly surrounded my wife the entire descent. Total trip was 8 miles from phone app.

Honestly would not hike again.

Picturesque and easy.

This is more an easy moderate hike. Yeah there is an incline for the first half, but with all the waterfalls, and a nice gradual climb there’s not much effort. After you make the turn left to finish the loop, it isn’t the best, but you are rewarded with a few falls that most don’t see and no crowds. Worth it and enjoyable.

It is definitely a moderate trail...some really steep hills . I personally thought the view while walking was better than the water view at the top. We saw a deer as well when we reached at the top.
The trails that branch off at the top are kinda nice.
Would suggest to go on a clear day...60F and sunny will feel very very hot while walking.

Steep down and back. Smoke was really bad.

hiking
2 days ago

Love this hike! The views are amazing. We saw a lot of mountaingoats near the trail. And there was one on the end of the trail, super cool. The way up was easy but steep. The way down was al tough because of the loose sand. You need good walking boots.

Like others have said, it is a hot, sunny, steep hike, but the view at the overlook makes it worth it. After I got to the overlook I decided to do the whole loop by connecting with the Lewis trail and then back. It was challenging but good if you're up for the distance! I only saw two other hikers the whole time. The eight mile loop took me three hours to complete.

Took 5 Kids did great !! Recommended foot ware and pack snacks and plenty of hydration!! Pool is super cold takes your breath away but worth it !! A bit of steep rocky area to get down to main pool must be in decent shape and have stability with balance !!

Great trail and perfect 360 degree view of cascade. It’s about 10 miles though not 8.

Super popular trail, seriously the foot traffic.
I'm glad I did it at least once but that will be the last time.
Not a good first starter trail if you're not use to hills.
It only flattens out once you're almost to the smaller, clear lake itself.
Well kept up with trash&the maintenance but like I said-heavy traffic.

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.

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