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Beautiful. You def will need crampons... I did it without and it was so scary. Every slip my life flashed before my eyes. Lol.

A wonderful hike, but I would not recommend bringing children this time of year. We brought hiking poles (thankfully) but I still slipped and fell on the ice about 5 times. Definitely worth it, but if you don't have ice spikes on your shoes you will definitely end up sliding on your butt down a hill.

walking
4 days ago

It’s an easy hike to a beautiful view. Anybody could do it. Trail is very well maintained and well marked.

Absolutely beautiful! We did this hike yesterday and there was a bit of snow on the trail so be mindful about the weather when you go. Clampons/spikes would be useful!

A beautiful hike any time of the year.

beautiful hike! Not strenuous at all, with lots of great scenery. took my husband and I about 3hrs round trip as we stopped ap many time to get amazing photos. highly recommend microspikes if you're going this time of year (december), especially as you get closer to the falls and at the falls if you want to get a closer look.
only reason I'm not giving a 5 out 5 is because there were several people with dogs not on leashes. Please be courteous of other hikers (especially those who actually have their dogs on leashes). I love dogs but dont love being jumped on when I'm trying to enjoy my hike.

Beautiful hike, perfect For This Time Of The Year, !

Beautiful day with gorgeous view of Mt! A bit windy but otherwise perfect, no crowds easy parking. Our dog loved it!

The hike starts with a pretty steep incline, but after a mile or so it actually gets very pleasant. There was quite some snow on the trail already. The views, especially at the end, are spectacular. We only encountered a few other people. Really enjoyed this hike!

hiking
15 days ago

Lovely hike. Went up on dec 2nd. Spikes highly recommended for the final 3rd to the falls.

Nice fairly quick hike. Little bit of elevation to get to the lake, but the loop around it is flat. Expect it to be busy during summer weekends.

hiking
16 days ago

We hiked this trail on December First, and had the trail to ourselves all morning. Fresh snow on the ground showed abundant animal tracks, which we were glad to see. The lakes were already frozen with a covering of snow. There was only a small amount of snow on the trail for the most part, but snowshoes would have been nice in some places.
The trail is marked by blue diamond blazes, which are high enough to be visible in high snow. This trail should be easy to follow all winter long. We looped around the lower lake, hiked to the west of the upper lake and my GPS reported that the hike was a little over 9 miles long.
A great hike or snowshoe excursion, highly recommended.

hiking
22 days ago

I absolutely love this trail!! The only problem with this trail that I have encountered, is that many folks don't leash their dogs. This makes it challenging for a dog on a leash. If one dog is on leash and the other isn't, this can create big issues between the two..Please leash your pup's, even if they are super sweet.

Steep uphill for a bit but so worth the spectacular view at the top. I would take a lunch and sit at the top. I think this would be incredible early for a sunrise. I will do this hike over and over. Follow the signs for top spur trailhead. To get to the parking.

Good hike with decent incline... However, it is longer than 3.7 miles. Prepare for atleast 5.8 miles.

hiking
23 days ago

It was icy on some parts of the trail, but nothing that required micro spikes. They will probably be needed within the next couple weeks. You will need spikes if you want to go behind the falls though.

Very pretty trail and waterfall. Follows the river the entire way. Microspikes are highly recommended!! don't let the beginning of the trail fool you. It gets icey and rocky.

Great new trail

Did this hike on a beautiful mid-November morning. The scenery was wonderful! You shouldn’t get lost on this trail, it’s well traveled.

hiking
29 days ago

Shorty but a goody. Brand new trail head and trail with beautiful bridges. Get there early for that “mirror” effect the lake is known for and avoid the crowds.

hiking
1 month ago

Really great hike. Stopped by in October 2018 after I ran the Columbia Gorge Half Marathon. Hiked to the Falls with my Mom. The trail follows the creek for most of the way to the falls. It was a great opportunity to test out different settings on my camera. Some parts are rocky and slippery; bring good shoes.

Great hike along a river with plenty of smaller falls on the way. There was a downed tree on the trail when I went (11/09/18) about 1.6 miles in. It gets rocky in some parts, but overall fairly easy.

New parking and trailhead now open. New route shows on the map. The new trail section looks like a new trail. But the bridges over Camp Creek and other stream are nice and within a couple years it should look great. Really nice to have more adequate parking and not having people walk along 26 to get to the trailhead.

Great hike with extremely rewarding views at the end!!!

Hiked to the meadow on Nov 3 and encountered several pairs of Elk hunters carrying rifles and wearing orange. Apparently it was opening day of elk hunting. Freaked us out a bit.

Completed August 12-13 2018
Camped

Completed 8-26-18
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Absolutely beautiful hike! Went during the later morning hours during a rain spell so we were hiking in the clouds for most of the trip. When we got to the viewpoint, Mt. Hood was barely in sight, but occasionally we’d get a few glimpses as the clouds were moving quickly through us. Still recommend this time of year because the fall colors were stunning and such a mystical vibe throughout. iPhone GPS took us straight there to the “Pacific Crest Trail” marker on the side of the road, right after that sign, make a right and there’s some parking. I imputed “Lolo Pass” and it’s the one next to “NFD Road 18.” There’s a map station where you go left or right for the PCT, you need to go left to go south. Then follow for a majority of the hike. Before you get to this hike’s end there’s another map sign in between the Timberline trail fork, go to the right and follow that to the side of the mountain. I believe left takes you to the top of the mountain rather than the side. Recording the hike was helpful for directions! The switchbacks at the beginning is where you gain all the elevation; however, won’t be too strenuous if you’re a pretty active person. The rest is a breeze. Enjoy :)

Nice easy hike with a few slightly steep & rocky areas. When we got to the trailhead parking lot around 10:30, there was already about 10 cars and when we got back to the parking lot after our hike around 2:30, there was at least 25 cars. Popular trail, but it wasn’t crowded. No port-a-potty, so plan accordingly :)

Love.

Did it with our Golden and had an amazing time. Side note: Rocky in some spots. We passed by some people that turned around because they thought they were at the end of the trail (Don't do this! The waterfalls are gorgeous!)

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