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This trail is spectacular and is definitely worth the walk especially is it’s basically the only falls trail open right now. Definitely do it clockwise.

One of my favorite hikes. Great for beginner hikers or a quick daily walk in the woods. In the spring and summer I do this hike 3 to 4 times a week. Also going on a sunny morning it's a photographer's dream location.

Beautiful but very popular expect to share the beautiful views. Trail is in good condition but still has areas that are muddy!

Great hike for young kids. My 4 year old handled it like a champ. A lot of traffic on a sunny day with the other gorge hikes still closed but worth it!!!

Beautiful hike! Wear appropriate shoes-it was pretty muddy.

You can literally drive up too or walk up too this waterfall it's so pretty!

Short moderately steep but the stairs helped. May 2017. Enjoyed the views and the lush green. And the waterfall was beautiful. Wish I was in better shape for the hike back out, had to stop once to catch my breath.

Amazing beginner hike. Definitely will be back

Had so much fun! A few areas were a little not kid friendly with a 2 and 4 year old but we just carried them. His is an amazing hike!

Went and hiked this on our way back from Seattle WA to CA, it was great the trail takes you to the top of the waterfall then down to the base of the waterfall

Fun hike, not to many people were actually taking the whole loop due to slush, so the trail was pretty empty. Nice trails, great for dogs and the falls are beautiful! Moments of silence were not taken for granted.

This is such a fun hike. The falls are so breath taking!! And you can get right underneath them :-) Easy, kid and dog friendly as well. We will be back!

5 starts for hot spring... 3 stars for the hike, trail is in rough shape

Beautiful waterfalls! Very slippery because of melted snow / slush! Coming back in the summer!

Super fun hike with beautiful falls - in dry weather you could wear tennis shoes. I did not go in dry weather... it is VERY slick and muddy- several people fell multiple times. Wear shoes with good traction!

Nice hike. Cold and sunny. A bit icy near upper falls.

1 month ago

Good hike, we took our 5 month old son in the front carrier. Definitely will be back this summer.

I've done this hike numerous times. Currently, the trail is closed. This hike is the most difficult in the Gorge, especially if you go past Warren Lake to the summit of Mt. Defiance. The first 400 vertical feet of the trail are a little exposed. There are some narrow spots and a partial washout of the trail that is dangerous. This section is very slippery in spots due to loose gravel in the summer. You should not do this first section without trekking poles for stability. After you get past the first section the trail enters a wooded area and intersects with a cutoff trail that heads west to the Mt. Defiance trail. Turn left here. The trail continues through the woods on several switchbacks until you come to a viewpoint adjacent to a power line tower at about 1,200'. At this point you have climbed to the base of the ridge that will take you all of the way to Warren Lake at 3,900' or, if you choose, all the way to the summit at 4,900'. Not long after you leave the viewpoint area you are again in a wooded area that begins to ascend the ridge. Very soon you encounter very steep conditions with numerous short switchbacks. The next 1,000' is the steepest part of the trail and it quickly gets your attention. At 2,400' you reach a short flat section with a viewpoint looking down at the Columbia River toward the west. The trail immediately begins a slightly less steep ascent through first a grassy somewhat open area and then through a rocky section that can be icy in the winter months. At 2,700' you reach a large fallen log in a level spot that is perfect for a break, richly deserved! The trail then descends slightly and crosses a lava field and immediately starts another ascent. The trail ascends steeply without any switchbacks until you finally reach a series of switchbacks at 3,000'. Following the last switchback the trail climbs very steeply for about 100' and then crosses a much larger lava field. Past the lava field you continue to climb through an open area of small trees that are only 5-10 years old. The trail switchbacks steeply back into the forest and then heads straight, although it continues to be moderately steep. After about 1/2 mile the trail actually levels out! You soon come to a viewpoint where you have a great view of Mt. Defiance. The trail actually descends at this point for most of the additional half mile to Warren Lake. Before you arrive at the lake you will reach a junction. Be sure to turn right here, NOT LEFT! In a quarter mile you will arrive at Warren Lake. There are a couple campsites at the lake and logs to sit on. If you continue past the campsites you will begin a steep, rocky ascent to the summit of Mt. Defiance, which is ANOTHER nearly 1,000' vertical feet! At the summit the view is spectacular to the West, North and East, including Adams, Ranier and Hood. Give yourself 7-10 hours to the summit and take lots of water and your trekking poles.

Awesome!!! Trail was easy and you get up close and personal with the waterfalls. Truly beautiful trail. Some spots are pretty muddy and have wet rocks, be careful and wear shoes with good traction. Overall, totally recommend.

The trails to Silver Falls and lower Golden Falls are short and easy. They provide nice views of the falls and an opportunity to get sprayed by Silver Falls. If you are able to handle a short stretch of moderate hiking, the short jaunt off the upper golden falls trail to get behind silver falls is well worth the climb. Don't miss the longer hike to the top of Golden Falls. It is a little more strenuous than the lower hikes, but the view at the top is well worth it. We took the whole family, aged 6 to 40, and everyone loved it. As others have stated, follow the road signs, not Google Maps, once you get to Kruse Rd. (10 miles out from the trailhead).

perfect rainy day hike

close to home

Very short hike but it is an extremely steep uphill hike to the hot springs. The pools at the top are the hottest and they get significantly cooler as you go lower. There will be naked people. I drove up here 3 or 4 times before I actually made the hike to the hot springs. This place is always busy. I would avoid going during the weekend, holidays, or spring break. The best time to go would be early in the morning, on a weekday. I also advise that you do not leave any valuables in your car. Keep it locked and hide/cover anything worth stealing (bags, purses, etc.).

Very lovely hike that features two easy/short trails to the base of each waterfall and a long hike that goes around the area. I did the two short trails and was rewarded with a beautiful view of each of the two waterfalls. The drive out to this area is long, but beautiful. I visited these waterfalls on a rainy day in June. The trails do get muddy and slippery. Wear shoes with good traction.

It was a gorgeous hike but pretty hard to be counted as moderate. There are railings for a tiny part but totally should be almost the whole way. And I'd suggest going early as possible if you would like to have a pool to soak in.... I also had a small child with me, so that makes it harder. :) But it was good and beautiful.

Beautiful view for a short hike. Dog and kid friendly, small incline on the way back up. 2/3 of a mile, and the interpretive trail at the north of the parking lot has three gorgeous overlooks on a 1/5 mike loop. A lot of bang for your buck.

Beautiful moderate hike with kids and dogs. Stunning views! Love coming here! excited for more trails in the gorge to open back up!

Perfect little Saturday hike with the pups. Misty and a little muddy but absolutely breathtaking. Started to get busier as we got back to our vehicle at noon. Beautiful views!

We only visited the lower part of this trail because we were on our way to Multnomah falls and made a quick pit stop. The waterfall is strong and powerful and if it's windy you'll definitely get some mist on you. It's a very nice area to stop and look at scenery and to hike if you're aiming for this hike. There's a huge pond at the bottom of the waterfall that you can walk down to but don't expect to not get wet!

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