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My brother & I hiked this trail and it was yet another GREAT and WORTHY hike for sure.
There are some pretty AWESOME views on the way to the ASTOUNDING looking waterfall and is also a very good hike because the journey back has different views and is a different cool trail because it's a loop hike.

P.S. There are some GNARLY potholes on the way to the parking spot but as long as your aware of how and where your driving even a compact car like mine is able to make it without damaging your vehicle.

hiking
23 hours ago

Beautiful hike and fairly easy. Ramona falls is gorgeous and a lot bigger that expected. Highly recommended.

Really nice view of Mt Hood over the lake but a large portion of the trail is closed. People have created a bit of another route off trail but it's not very clear.

Very picturesque and mild hike. The elevation climb was gradual that it felt very easy. It was an overcast day so we kept a good pace. The river crossing was easy since the water was low. The falls were smaller than I imagined but still quite beautiful.

Beautiful views of Mount Hood! Very easy hike.

scenic driving
8 days ago

Beautiful view of Mt Hood from the lake. Enjoyed watching some men fly fishing

Watch out for bees

Great hike. Beautiful views. Small water crossing (plenty of rocks to jump on). Colors were changing so it was really beautiful.

hiking
10 days ago

so worth it

Fun hike this summer. The fall's were worth it. Just remember to get your trail use permit. I didn't know the US Forest Service was requiring them and got a $5 warning ticket!

The best part of the hike is the old growth forest, some really massive trees. The lake is rather unimpressive although clouds were covering Mt.Hood once we got to it

hiking
15 days ago

It was a little cloudy but no rain so that was nice. Did get a couple of bee stings on the hike so watch out for that!

walking
21 days ago

A long but very easy doable hike. I definitely suggest completing the loop, because the way back is a lot prettier and more exciting IMO. Use caution when crossing the river, there was a decent log for crossing, but water was flowing too hard to walk through. Use discretion about bringing your dog(s)! With no bridge they either have to walk through the river or cross a log, which the water was too fierce for the poor Shepherd I saw be forced across by his owner, and was very scared. The stream is lower and less fierce when it hasn’t been raining as well as earlier in the AM. A beautiful waterfall and peaceful place to sit and enjoy. Definitely a great hike for a cloudy day when Mt Hood isn’t visible or anyway!

The trail was great and beautiful, but I should have heeded the warning about the bad road. My '06 Dodge Charger, low to the ground, hit a huge pot hole that cracked my coolant tank and the return trip to Portland was less than fun with overheating and pulling over until Fred Meyer in Gresham. Low cars, be careful!

Great Trail, views on top, fun and diverse forrest hiking below.
however about a mile of it (below the pct intersection) is covered with fallen trees, rendering it almost impassable. I only used it to descend, but oncoming hikers i met confirmed that it's impossible to get past them when going up. in case you want to do this trail, do it descending only and bring a certain degree of fitness - lots of pulling yourself up, stepping across and balancing on top of fallen trunks is required for that bit.
Try to access the top bits of the trial via zigzag canyon / pct or via zig zag mountain instead of hiking up the trail until the trees are cleared.

Overall, enjoyful tho. 4/5 bc i ripped my favorite hiking pants while ducking under the fallen trees.

hiking
26 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike to a stunning, cascading waterfall. probably best to AVOID WHEN RAINING you have to cross a river and The logs get very slippery....slipped and sprained my ankle...but,still worth it! Lol

hiking
27 days ago

I’ve done this hike a few times. The falls are beautiful and peaceful, perhaps the most spectacular on the mountain. Take your time enjoy a snack at the falls and snap a few photos on the bridge. Make the loop to see the rocky cliffs and walk along the stream. The only tricky part is crossing the Sandy River, but there are usually big logs and a couple of options for crossing.

A great day hike or overnight with plenty of wildflowers and big views of the mountain. The hike starts with excellent views along the Timberline Trail/PCT with pleasant rolling hills and then becomes more dramatic with a sweeping view of Mt. Hood and the Zigzag Canyon. A healthy descent and relatively easy crossing of the Zigzag River changes to a forest climb and then opens into colorful meadows of flowers as you join the Paradise Park Trail. Move quickly as the flies are abundant through this section of the climb. As you continue to ascend, you are rewarded with increasingly impressive views of the mountain and the feeling that you could just walk to the top. Enjoy a leisurely walk in Paradise Park before returning down to the PCT to make the trip back to Timberline Lodge.

Half the trail is closed right now (September 2018). Also a lot of selfie people out there :(
I offered to take pictures for them though!
Easy beautiful hike for the crew I was with though - husband, 4-year-old, 2-month old.

backpacking
28 days ago

Went Labor Day weekend. If we didn’t arrive early we would’ve been out of a camping spot! Was a moderate trail to burnt lake, but with my pack on, felt like a long time to get there :)

Mt Hood shrouded in clouds. Probably more impressive on a day with better views. Not too crowded for a Saturday. A portion of the trail is temporarily closed for repairs, but there is a fairly well worn alternative.

Not the best views, and much of the trail shows signs of heavy use by mountain bikers. Nice trail through great forest.

This was incredible. Got there really early (about 6:30am) on Saturday. Literally no one else there for whole hike. The falls are beautiful and the rocks near Ramona creek are stunning.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with a beautiful waterfall. Oregon at its best.

hiking
1 month ago

arrived at the trail head early afternoon and the parking lot was full so waited till there was less cars and then got on the trail. saw a few groups at the start but was quiet the rest of the way. the walk is enjoyable and the falls are sweet! definitely do this counter clockwise.

on Trillium Lake Loop Trail

walking
1 month ago

The view was amazing all around! There are a lot of ducks and a beaver damn, but we didn’t see much other wildlife. There are lots of geocaches around the trail, but unfortunately a part of the loop was closed for maintenance.

trail running
1 month ago

Def major tree blockage. Otherwise a pretty trail. We decided to turn back after battling through for a quarter of a mile. Did not make it to link up with PCT.

backpacking
1 month ago

Only reason it doesn’t get a 5 star is because yes, it is still impassible within about 1/2 a mile from intersecting with 775. Although disappointing to get so close, amazing views on the way - deep forest to canyon ridge overlooking beauty as far as the eye can see. Take Hidden Lake Trail to connect with PCT to Paradise Park Loop Trail.

Started from Timberline Lodge on August 29th and came back out August 31st, 2018 (the other end down near Government Camp is cut off about 4 miles in due to downed trees, which we confirmed with the Zigzag Ranger Station). Went to Ramona Falls (as our end point), although we camped both nights at Paradise Park. The wildflowers were on their way out, there were basically no bugs, and we were in one of three main campsites on the south end of the Paradise Park Loop Trail, right near Lost Creek.
There was water flowing at almost all stream/river beds along the way (Lost Creek being in between some of the campsites, and flowing), although all were easy to cross.

First half of the trail (to the falls) is alright, seemed really long, way longer than the trip back. Some good scenery, but again, second half is way more scenic. The crossing of the Sandy is a little cumbersome with a dog. Our 75 pound pit mix had some trouble, but eventually made it (both times, you have to cross twice) but it took some coaxing and some help on my husband and I’s part. If you have a bigger dog be warned, it might take some work to get your pup across.

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