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walking
10 hours ago

We visited today with our two-year-old. While the hike above/after the bridge is closed, we had a nice quarter-ish mile walk up to the bridge, which is a main viewing point of the falls. Had a kid in a carrier backpack going up the hill, so the round trip was brief, but still made us break a little sweat. Uphill walk but nicely paved. Expect a crowd on the bridge. Parking lot leads right to the falls, so you can’t miss it. Only giving four starts bc main hike was closed and the first viewpoint should be marked as a separate east hike.

I've hiked to Punchbowl Falls several times and it's a great hike. The trail is currently closed due to a fire a year ago. When it opens, I want to continue up to Tunnel Falls which I think turns it into about 11 or 12 miles. Heavy traffic on the weekends.

absolutely beautiful. the trail is rough and can be hard to find at times. I attempted three time before I finally found it. but it was so worth it

READ ROG’s review as well as other’s below before doing this trail!! Looks like Rog and I went the same day.

I’m going to keep it short bc others have already written detailed instructions. Scary drive across unpaved gravel and craters at hairpin turn, but I made it to the white gate. The descent is steep. Wear shoes with traction. I stupidly wore my sneakers instead of my hiking shoes and fell down the descent. Luckily didn’t hurt myself. IMHO waterfall was pretty but there are much prettier ones in the area. Oneonta Gorge is a favorite but closed now due to the eagle creek fire.

hiking
1 day ago

I agree with Rog's review below. My husband and I were there yesterday also and we took the wrong path down too. We had a couple behind us that almost got hit with rocks coming loose. PLEASE READ ROG'S REVIEW AND LOOK AT HIS PIC'S!! Everyone says this is a steep climb up and down. They mean it! No joke! I think it was like a 5 to 10 degree vertical climb. Also want to add that once you get to river you need to stay left also on river bank. Do not cross! You will run out of river rock on the right forcing you to cross back to the left side. Please wear proper shoes. Lastly please be respectful of others. Everyone is there to take amazing pics and take in all the beauty!

Boyfriend, me and our dog did this trail June of 2017. Great trail, and our xl dog loved it. The lava rock was amazing! Taking the “off trail” trails to the bottom of the falls is worth it.

hiking
2 days ago

Take the correct trail!

This is a beautiful area. But there is an easy way and a crazy way. This location is on private property so there are no trail markings letting you know which way to travel. My friend and I went down a trail which matched some of the descriptions we read below, but little did we know there are a few trails down which match the descriptions below. The trail we took was a death defying Triple Diamond decent for experts only.

Here are some tips on how to avoid the nasty trail.
1. At the very end of the road you'll notice a trail to your East located about 2 car lengths back from the gate (dead end). There will be a big black and white sign explaining that this is private land and to play it safe.

2. Shortly after that big sign the trail will seem to split. One path has a fallen tree crossing the trail. The other path, to your right, looks well traveled.

3. STAY TO YOUR LEFT. WALK OVER THE FALLEN TREE. Shortly after you cross over the log you will see an identical black and white sign. You'll also see a long knotted rope anchored to the base of a small tree. This is the trail you want to be on.

Further down the correct trail you'll get to a point where two large trees have fallen down parallel to one another, leading straight down to the rivers edge. There is a rope which leads down the entire length of these logs. This is the easiest way down to the valley floor.

Back at the Y, if you chose the trail to your right you will see the following clues that your on the wrong path.
1. There will be a nice clearing covered with short grass. This spot has a great view of the valley. The path leading to this point seems very well used. TURN AROUND YOUR ON THE WRONG PATH.
2. Shortly after the grass clearing the trail will narrow down to a single path of loose sharp stones and dust. The topography will become very steep. The path will make several very quick switch backs. TURN AROUND YOUR ON THE WRONG PATH.
3. You will see a rope tied to a dead tree trunk. The rope is tied about 4 feet above the ground. A notch has been hacked into the tree trunk for the rope to nest in. TURN AROUND YOUR ON THE WRONG PATH.
4. The rope, tied to this dead tree, has no outer sheath, and looks very old. It also happens to be just long enough to lead you to think you can make it to the next rope tied to a root, but you cant. and by that time you'll find it hard to retreat. TURN AROUND YOUR ON THE WRONG PATH.

At this point you should turn around and head back. Dont bee foolish like me and my friend. When we reached the second rope tied to the root we discovered it was nothing more than a 3 feet long nub. We were too far down to climb out. The entire area is made of loose jagged rocks anchored by nothing but dust. It is sketchy as F. Some boulders broke free while I was making my way down, sending an avalanche of rocks, dust and broken tree trunks clear down the gulch to the rivers edge. Thank God no one was below us.

The trails leading down the falls are not marked at all. To me, a fallen tree crossing a trail means dont go this way. So I naturally chose the trail which looked obviously open. I had understood the trail down to the river had a rope, so when I saw the rope tied to the dead treed I assumed this was the trail. Someone needs to add some signs, or drag some logs across the bad trail and cut an opening in log crossing the good trail.

Parking: Parking is located in small nooks along the single lane dirt road. The further down you go the sketchier it gets. There is a big wash out and some huge craters about 3/4 of the way down the road. The road heads down hill. So when you are leaving you'll be climbing out of the valley, and that washout with the craters is located at a hairpin turn, so you cant get much of a run at it. To be fair, there were several nice sedans parked below washout point. But I was glad that we parked above this point.

Now as far as the falls are concerned. It is a beautiful area, it is secluded and the geology is amazing to behold. I feel that it is a great place to visit. But in my opinion, the Silver Falls area is equally as nice, if not more scenic.

hiking
3 days ago

Not very picturesque. Very long and not entirely safe. There is a water crossing that I wouldn't bring kids or animals through.

amazing! absolutely worth it!

we drove as far in as we could. the first turn off the "main" gravel road was not marked by a sign but rather an empty sign frame. we kept feeling like we were going wrong but it was right. the road is ROUGH but in dry weather, our Acadia made it fine. once you've driven as far as you can, there is a closed gate. there is parking for about 3-4 cars down that far then parking along the road. you'll not want to go through the gate but rather head back up the road about 100 feet and you'll see the trail which is marked with a sign up on a tree. the trail forks, stay left then head down. the trail has steep areas but you can go up and down with the assistance of ropes someone has left. once you've hit the stream, still head left and once you see the waterfall, the trip become worth every struggle. take a picnic, enjoy your time and really take it in. There was less than a dozen people there and it was the hottest day in July - but still too cold to swim (for me) - others were swimming.
I'm a very beginner and enjoyed it. we also took a dog who LOVED it. enjoy!

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike! Falls are gorgeous! Took 2.3 hours. total hike from parking up and around the loop. Going “right” at beginning of trail loop starts you on a steady uphill, not too steep, climb. Enjoy the falls while swatting flies, then downhill all the way back to parking lot. MapMyRun said 8.4 mile for me round trip from parking lot. Crossed river on stable logs

Went early in the morning, less crowded. Fantastic view from top. Lots of switchbacks.

Trail Is Still Closed At This Time. The Historic Columbia River Highway is Closed Until Further Notice. This Includes Trails Between Bridal Veil Falls and Multnomah, and Trails Between Multnomah and Ainsworth State Park. The Road Is Only Open To State Troopers, Game and WildLife Patrolmen, and Residents That Live On That Road. Anyone Caught Trying To Hike Said Trails Are Fined. This Is All Due To The Bad Fire They Had Last Year And Several Told Me They Aren't Sure When It Should Be Open. One Trooper Told Me It's Looking Like It Will Be June 2019. :( That Means Oneonta George, Oneonta Falls, Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, Larch Mountain Overlook, Fairy Falls, & Wahkeena Falls Are All Closed Until Further Notice. If You Are Looking For Alternatives, You Can Look Into Multnomah Falls & Trails, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Vista House. You Can Also Take A Drive To Ramona Falls.

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike with a wonderful waterfall! Views of Mt Hood were outstanding. I was a little worried about crossing the Sandy River but the water level was fairly low. We crossed on a log which spanned the river. It was a fairly gradual uphill to the waterfall- mostly downhill on the way back to the parking lot.
I highly recommend taking the Ramona Creek loop trail. The views of the creek and the vegetation were beautiful.

hiking
8 days ago

Hard but totally worth it!! The view at the end is breathtaking!!

trail running
9 days ago

Google maps took us from Hood River, up over the ranges to get to the trail head. This required driving up some gravel/dirt roads with large potholes.

Several 4 wheels drives urged us to turn back, but we persevered. Fortunately we did not get wedged on top of the mountain and made to up to the start of the trail.

I would recommend taking the highway if you do not have something at least as big as an SUV.

The trail itself was quite good. A gradual incline the whole way up to the falls. Challenging to run, with some narrow sections where it is difficult to pass walkers, without pausing and waiting.

Easy decent. The waterfall is impressive in height, but lacking in water at this time of year. With no swimming hole at the base.

Dog friendly.

This was a great short hike, easy for all

hiking
9 days ago

Easy hike, elevation gain is very minimal. Great views along various points of the trail. Glacial river was low this time of year. Would recommend going when the glacial river is high if you want a more adventurous river crossing and hike.

love & will always recommend this hike. although difficult, it's a fun workout and if you keep going upstream you will find at least 2 more waterfalls that are also beautiful and empty!

Beautiful falls!! I would recommend going clockwise to the falls and probably going back that same way. It follows the creek, and has more shade, so it is cooler. Also I think the insects are lighter. I hiked the full loop at the end of July and killed ALOT of flies that landed on me. The insects dust seem to be as bad on the way back down along the creek though.

Nice easy hike. Beautiful beach

on Sweet Creek Trail

walking
10 days ago

Beautiful!

Other than a little rocky patch in the beginning the rest was very easy!
Beautiful!! I have MS and my balance can be off often but just using a walking stick made this trail SUPER easy!

hiking
11 days ago

Truly beautiful all the way, pct loop is magical, and wasn't that busy even on a Saturday afternoon! Toilet hasn't been serviced in a while, bring your own tp.

hiking
12 days ago

Such a great trail to a gorgeous waterfall! We were one of only about ten or so cars when we arrived at 10:00 am so we had the trail pretty much to ourselves. The Sandy River crossing was not a problem— there’s a sturdy log with another one nearby to hold on to. Gorgeous view of Mt Hood from the crossing! My friend and I went the “long way” (stayed to the north side of the lollipop) both ways because it was shadier on this hot day. It brought our mileage up a bit, but we stayed cooler. I’m definitely coming back!

hiking
12 days ago

Great little hike (more of a walk down a road until you get to the cut down to the river)and well worth it. Falls are much larger early Spring but still impressive later in the summer.

off road driving
13 days ago

Took the trail down to the falls today. You can drive about half way down the “hike” as it is along a gravel road for a while and isn’t bad until you hit a fairly large wash out which I wouldn’t recommend trying to pass unless you have some experience with off road driving. The falls were magnificent and the water was gorgeous (great for a dip! Don’t be a baby, just get in quick). Will absolutely be hiking this again with my brother as the views are too great to miss it.

camping
13 days ago

unbelievably gorgeous!!

Beautiful hike. I would suggest getting there by 10 am to beat the crowds. This time of year it was dried up quite a bit so the waterfàlls don't look as powerful. Next time I will go at the very beginning of Sumner.

hiking
14 days ago

Very enjoyable hike. Log made the river crossing easy. FYI... flys got really bad about half way up!! If you stop you’ll get swarmed. More of a nuisance then anything else. Falls where beautiful and super refreshing.

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