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Not a trail that you can take a stroller but the kiddos ranging from 5-11 years where able to walk the trail carefully of course.

Super short trail right from the roadside. Took us a minute to find the trail from the parking lot, but amazingly enough there were some obvious indicators, like waterfall spray painted on the road... We were looking up not down, saw that on the way up. The falls were amazing. We got a short sunny break, which made for a great photo op.

We went over spring break. Water has a way of calling to me. The sounds, the colors, the mist... Beautiful!

Hiked this today. Go early because it does get crowded. I started around 9:30am and by the time I got back the parking lot and surrounding areas were full. Some muddy spots, so some area are slippery. Beautiful hike! Once you hit the upper Falls the mist will cool you off.

Beautiful hike, very well maintained trails. Very busy on the weekends though...

Beautiful hike! The lava rocks all over were very neat and the river was flowing hard. My 5 yr and 6yr kids did this hike no problem. A little sticky with the mud..well avoiding it on the rocks anyway , but nothing difficult. The water was a beautiful blue and the moss all over the forest was a sight from a far off land.

Hiked this with my husband pushing our bob stroller and my 7 month old baby strapped to me in the Ergo. Difficult but amazing. We loved every minute. The views are outstanding!

Probably one of my all time favourite hikes. It’s a mix of hard up hill, hard downhill and everything in between. The beauty of the area on a sunny day, is magnanimous.the hike itself is hard, with slightly sketchy moments, but nothing to fear. Just put your head down and keep going.

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9 days ago

This is a great hike. As others said, we parked at the white fence. It seemed like a long drive to get there so if that’s where you’re trying to park just keep going, you’ll see it eventually. The driving trail to the fence is very narrow at times, be aware of other cars that might be coming the other direction. A small suv with 4 wheel drive is necessary. We are pretty average hikers and I thought the trail was totally doable. The hardest part right now (mid-April) is how muddy and slippery it is. We saw a few families with small children in rain boots at the top of the trail when we were leaving. I wouldn’t recommend hiking with small children or dogs at this time of the year because the mud is so slipper. There are two tricky parts. When you park at the fence you need to back track on the road to find the trail (don’t go toward the fence). From the fence, there are two trails on the right side as you back track. TAKE THE 2nd trail. You’ll know you’re on the correct trail because you’ll shortly see a white sign that says “Abbey Foundation’s of Oregon”. Keep going and stay to the left when you reach the fork. You’ll know you’ve done that correct if you see another sign like the first one. There’s a portion of the hike where you will go down a hill between two fallen logs. As you get to the bottom you’ll notice a trail to the left that requires you to climb over the log and go up (don’t take that trail if you’re looking for an easier hike). Instead continue past the 2 fallen Trunks until you see the river. Take a left and follow the river all the way to the falls! If the water is high, you’ll want completely water proof shoes to walk through the river and to the big rock in front of the falls. I ended up with so much water in my boots I had to hike out in soaked shoes. Go early it gets packed around noon!

So beautiful. If you drive to the trailhead, have a good 4X4 car. I parked on crooked finger and walked all the way down. It was a long ways down, but the falls was worth it!

Wow! What an amazing view! The waterfall comes out of nowhere! People are not joking about the drive down especially if you plan on going all the way down, very large pot holes, and some areas are only wide enough for 1 car. Besides all that, the hike down is difficult but do-able and the view is so worth it !

The trail was great! It was muddy like other people said but we live where we live and it didn’t hinder the hike at all. No obstacles on trail and well maintained. So glad this beauty is open! If you want the solitude then take the upper falls hike loop. I had it all to myself this morning and I started late.

hiking
14 days ago

DRIVE THE GRAVEL ROAD UNTIL YOU HIT THE WHITE GATE. my friend and i took 2 wrong trails before finding the actual trail. all in all the trail was rated appropriatly, definitely wear hiking books, and all though you can bring your dog i would not recommend. the lookout to the fall is small quarters and heavily trafficed. will probably try the tail again in the summer time!

hiking
15 days ago

Holy hell, the falls are beautiful. I’m glad I had a good SUV. it definitely saved us a lot of time. The trail itself was difficult and very muddy. The ropes came in handy. It was so worth it. BEAUTIFUL!!!

hiking
17 days ago

Got lost here! Definitely catch a ride up and down the gravel road. AWD and lift kit may be your best bet.

this is a great hike. go to the right for shorter steeper or the left for longer and mellow. both ways are beautiful.

weather was perfect, 55 and party cloudy. did the hard section first (would recommend) then got to relax with a nice, easy walk at the end.

Fantastic falls! Short hike with great payoff! Good for families (youngest is 10). Bring your camera!

Good family hike (youngest is 10) with a great payoff at the end. Only reason not 5 stars is that the trail had large sections of mud throughout. Not a big deal but it forced us to look down at our feet and not at the spectacular surroundings.

Did this hike on a whim. It was pouring rain and slippery on the rocks, but it was nice because everyone else was headed back. When I got to the pool, it literally took my breath away. This was a favorite and the pictures just don't do justice. The entire trail was so peaceful, lush and green- even without the pool it is worth it!

Completed this hike on our Vacation last week! Just came in on the gravel road side of the trail and it was easy to walk and great views! Worth doing if you are there!

23 days ago

Excellent views!!

Definitely read the reviews before attempting this one. At least all wheel drive if you’re going to drive down off crooked finger road to the fall. About a mile in is a huge pot hole that my CRV made it over but driving back up it was nerve racking. There are two ways down from the trailhead. We stumbled on the right path by another hiker. He told us to stay to the left. There are ropes provided to help you. Apparently here is another way to the right that is scary. With all that said: Whoo hoo absolutely gorgeous hike and fall. Definitely worth the trouble. It’s a half day adventure well worth it.

hiking
24 days ago

Fairly short hike if you drive all the way down. Pretty steep on the ropes course, I definitely had to hang on. Ends with an amazingly pretty waterfall!!

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike with one of my favorite falls. If you’re car can make it all the way down the road to the trail head it’s a pretty short hike, but you’re not missing much other than a long uphill (on the way out) road. Drive down as far as you can.

Beautiful and lush bright green forests. Love the porous lava looking rocks along the trails and the blue pool is gorgeous! Wear hiking boots!! Stepping on a lot of rocks and unleveled ground, as well as very muddy in the spring.

Awesome route that takes you through all the best Smith has to offer!

My husband and I loved this hike. There are two waterfalls and a well maintained trail. I used my trekking poles for stability in the muddy areas and for grip on the steeper parts. I’m pretty heavy and not in great shape, so I took several quick breaks, but it was very doable and I’m looking forward to going back again soon.

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