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hiking
22 hours ago

Beautiful place to hike for summer!!!

Beautiful hike. Lucky we had a clear day got to see Mt Hood and Rainer. Good workout too.. went on Sept 2, 2018

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 beard Ramona creek are stunning.

Hiked this trail on a weekend with some friends. It is much busier than a weekday, so try your best to get to the trailhead before 8:30 AM. Also, if you can, try to hike it on a clear day. There's so much more to see.

This was a fun trail for me & a family friend (kiddo that is 10 yrs old) to explore! The trail was clearly marked, dusty, rocky at points, and beautiful to walk along water the majority of the way. I would recommend this if you want a quick morning/afternoon hike. Enjoy!

Holy WOW! What a beautiful hike! 12.8 miles in 5 hours (moving). Not sure if one way is better than the other when you get to the loop. I went right. I’ll go straight if I do it again. I definitely would’ve preferred Scotty to beam me out the last 2 miles, but whatever. What an absolute joy this trail is!

Loved the waterfall view! Rocky in some spots but not too bad. Wasn’t too busy on a Thursday during the day which was great.

hiking
9 days ago

The hike was short and fairly easy. However it was very rocky so be careful; it’s totally doable tho! I’ve seen people bring kids and pets though some parts of the trail might be a bit rough for your pets. The trail was also very scenic and shaded. The waterfall itself was super gorgeous!! I would recommend getting there early because by the time it was noon today, the place was packed with people. Also bring bug spray. Our lunch was disturbed several times by horseflies and yellow jackets. Definitely recommend the hike tho!

hiking
9 days ago

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

Despite seeing on the park website Lolo Pass Rd is open, you are diverted to another road and as the previous reviewer stated, will hang left at the fork. Lots of bumps in the road! Parking is just past the PCT marker to your right. Trail starts flat but quickly starts gaining elevation. You have about 1.5 miles of steady elevation before things flatten out. You will come to a viewpoint of Hood and a valley, but this is not nearly the end of the trail! You keep on through a dense yet spaced forest after filling out your permit and continue on Timberline. Once you see a clearing you'll come up on a view of the valley and then Hood around the bend. Quite beautiful and a good workout.

Beautiful trail, but do not underestimate the last 3 miles as they are a thigh burner!

‘This IS a must stop & hike if in the area. Trail is a never boring mix of vegetation, large boulders, ascending & descending paths. Most of all the fresh pine smell and sounds of rushing water keep you pressing towards the awesome waterfall at the end. Enjoy!!

hiking
10 days 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.

hiking
12 days ago

Lovely little hike on well maintained trails. The trail tracks the creek terminating in the impressive Tamanawas Falls. Recommended.

Very nice walk thru the woods

I loved it. Good workout with beautiful view of Mt. Hood and Rainier. Love the different terrains.

If you approach from 26, the road is closed but the detour will get you right to the trailhead. When it gets to the fork in the gravel road, go left (right is Top Spur). Much of the approach is in the forest, but the views of Mt. Hood at the end are worth it! No problem with bugs, a couple parts of the trail are a little bit overgrown so I was happy to be in long pants.

Spent one night at elk meadow. Plenty of water to filter.
No trouble with Newton Creek, as there was a log across. Gnarl ridge was worth the hike up. Great view of Mt Hood.
No issue with bugs. The camp robber birds were especially aggressive/fearless when we had any food out at camp in the meadow.
Days were gorgeous with clear skies and great visibility. Night was cold, down to 31 degrees!
Also went to visit umbrella falls which was beautiful but a lot of work getting to it as we lugged our packs with us.

Great hike! Perfect weather for it. Started at umbrella falls. Didn’t realize you have to cross two roads to continue trail. We turned around and ended up doing some of elk meadows and then found out about the roads cause there’s no sign to continue the trail. Anyways, finished the loop, and saw both waterfalls. Cool to see the ski resort in the off-season.

Great hike. Pretty intense incline at beginning and Sahales falls didn’t have very good signage so we didn’t see it. Still overall great hike.

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.

There’s just something about hearing the roar of the falls as you get closer and closer. And then when you finally spot it—you’ll be smiling. The day I went, the sun was shining brightly behind the falls which gave the mist created a scintillating sight. And while the trail isn’t very challenging overall except for some rock scrambling mid-way and at the very end, that mist is such a fantastic reward!

I highly recommend continuing to climb up and around the falls so that you get behind them for some amazing views of the rushing water and tree-scape complimented by mossy rocks.

This is a wonderful spot. It was a bit busy when I went due mostly in part by the approaching holiday weekend, I’m sure!

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.

Beautiful views! Busy but not too crowded on Labor Day weekend. We saw maybe a dozen other people, but we had the viewpoints to ourselves. A portion of Lolo Pass Road is closed but the detour will take you right to the trailhead.

Did this hike today and it was beautiful! the trails were well kept. I've heard they can be slippery in places, but for the most part, they were fine. I brought a dog, which proved challenging on the rock paths near the end, so it's something to keep in mind when looking for a hike to do with a pet.There was also a lot less room at the end than I expected, and not much place to sit and rest, but the view was amazing! I would say this is a good beginner hike as it is about 1.6 miles in and 1.6 back out without too many steep hills.

No idea where the 7 miles came from but it’s around 11. No black flies yesterday which was a bonus

hiking
16 days ago

8/31/18
Incredible sweeping view of the west side of the mountain. Sunset was amazing. At least 4 camp spots near the top. King Boletes on the lower switchbacks made this an even more rewarding hike. I did it as a day hike and descended in the dark. See pics!

backpacking
16 days ago

I backpacked in, camped overnight and then back out the next day. This hike was 22 miles round trip to the top of the true ridge. There is no water source past Romana falls except a puddle that may dry up by the time you get there. About 40 minutes from the Yokum ridge split there’s a hornets nest. Just be mindful of it. The didn’t bother me but other hikers were stung. Beautiful view at the top. There is a trail that goes right that is super sketchy. There is a barely there trail to the left that i felt so much safer on but still a bit dangerous. Drop your large pack if you summit the ridge. Have fun!!

Beautiful trail. Just enough of an incline without making it too challenging. It was a bit cloudy today, so we couldn't see the tops of the mountains most of the time, but still an amazing hike!

This hike is what hiking in Oregon is all about. I’m still in awe with how beautiful, challenging, and centring it was to do alone. The parking lot is incredible easy to get to, but this hike is NOT 7.7 miles if you go the accessible way—by not using the climbing trail. My total was 10.7 miles on the trail, and they were all wonderful. There are plenty of hikers around, so if you have any issues, ask others for help! Finally, be sure to pack layers—because it can be cold at the top. According to my watch, it was 39 degrees at McNeil point. Otherwise, enjoy this incredible hike that will offer really stunning landscapes and geographies, even when it’s cloudy.

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