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21 hours ago

Hardest hike I've done since Yosemite few years back. Highly recommend hiking poles due to the elevation climb; little to no switchbacks on the trail. Note that you need a recreation pass visible in your car at the trailhead, and that there is a registration box a little ways up with a form that needs filled out. Other then the copious amounts of black flies at higher elevations, the hike was amazing. Still got some good views of Mt. Hood even with some smoke haze in the air.

Hiked it for sunrise and it was amazing. So beautiful and the perfect moderate hike to train at night.

Completed this hike yesterday and was very impressed. We did the full loop through PP and GPS'd about 14.2 miles. Bugs were manageable. Sun exposure for the first 3 ish miles out of Zig Zag something to be mindful of, especially on a hot day. Sandy trail in areas so wear your boots! And conserve energy for the climb back out to Timberline. I ID'd approximately 15 flowers/shrubs along the way. Great time!

This is a technically easy but steep trail, with rewarding vistas and forest for the entirety. A little hard to stay on the trail as you reach the summit, because the terrain is strewn with boulders, but well worth the effort one you reach the top.
We hadn't planned on doing this hike, we only had intentions of visiting Mirror Lake, but decided to tack on the second part. We arrived at the summit around 10am completely shrouded in mist, so we decided to hold out to see if the cloud cover would clear so we could see Mt. Hood. Waited nearly two hours (many others came and went in the time), but the wait was SO worth it. Stunning views of Hood and much of the Cascade range both North and South.

hiking
2 days ago

The hike is short and sweet with some ups and downs, but views of Mount Hood are world-class and lake itself is serene. Dog enjoyed swimming. No bugs.
However, the drive is awful and that is being nice. Budget 45 minute to/fro from Still Creek Campground.
Glad we did it, but will never drive that road again.

hiking
2 days ago

Barking sea lions is the first thing that comes to mind. They were loud about midway down the trail. There were muddy spots, but branches and rocks helped me get through. The views in the meadow at the end are nice. You have to hunt through the maze to get even better views. I didn't know there was a waterfall in the cove until a nice lady told me so. In the morning the cove was mostly a silhouette, but I can see the falls in my brightened photo after the fact. The cove would be lit better at midday or in the early afternoon.

The view of the mountain was stunningly beautiful and picturesque. The lake was just okay, pretty buggy and very green, not super pretty or anything. Beware of the road to get to the trailhead. It’s intense. We saw all the warnings in the reviews and thought “ahhh it’s fine”, but no, this road is the real damn deal. Our Toyota Yaris almost didn’t make it, big ass rocks all over for about 3.5 miles... it was an incredibly stressful drive. That being said, I really enjoyed this hike and would definitely recommend.

It took 35 minutes up and 30 minutes down the road to/from trailhead. The road was as bad as described, and you really are best served with a high clearance vehicle. Veda Lake and the viewpoint of Hood are surreal. It is a beautiful emerald green color. No crowds. Save for a clear day.

One of my first few hikes being out in Oregon and this one did not disappoint. The whole hike is spaced out nicely with mirror lake and then spots of views on the trek from the lake to the top. As other people have mentioned, it appears the most popular end point is this false summit. But the top is amazing. On one side you are right in front of Mt Hood (and I believe you can see Mt St Hellen’s and Adams I’m not sure) and on the other you have a fantastic landscape. The hike to this point is pretty moderate with a little bit of rockiness in a few spots.

After this false summit spot the trail becomes more difficult and less travelled. There were a few times we were walking and realized that we had slightly gotten off the path. We only made it about 10 or so minutes past the false summit because we came to an edge with no clear alternative routes ahead. We weren’t sure if we just followed a wrong path or not so we turned back. This was the only bad thing. But going past the false summit has its own benefits, you can see mirror lake from above which is neat and there are cliffs that you can walk up to the edge.

Overall it was an amazing hike that I’d definitely do again in the spring when Hood has more snow. We got there at 11, parking was difficult but we found some. The trail was busy but for the most part it wasn’t bad. It took roughly 2 hours up and 1 hour or so down.

I did this hike September 2016 and did a sunrise hike. I left the trailhead at about 4 am and made it to the top with about 20 minutes to spare. It was a little scary because I hadn't done this hike before and didn't have enough lighting. I used a headlamp but also should have used a flashlight. Watching the sun rise behind Mt. Hood was a bucket list item for me and I'll never forget it. Once the sun was up I could see about five different mountains in the cascade range. Listening to the forest wake up was surreal. This hike will be tough to beat. I did it on a Wednesday morning and didn't see another person.

Great hike, up hill on The way back was rough but well worth the hike. You can heat sea lions from
The look out!

hiking
5 days ago

My boyfriend and I went on this hike today for the first time. Now, this may be easy for others who are more physically fit and active lol.. but for people like my boyfriend and I who are overweight have had a hard time coming back. It was the longest we’ve ever hiked but man was it beautiful! Totally worth it. I saw a few centipedes, butterfly’s, squirrels, and heard some seals. We are now very sore and probably won’t go back for awhile lol at least until we lose some pounds. This isn’t for beginner hikers! I repeat! Not a beginners trail! Unless my boyfriend and I just suck lol. We made it though! Woohoo!

This trail is pretty tough. I left early hoping to beat some of the heat but that didn’t really pan out. I followed the map posted above. When I left the parking lot from the Top Spur trail I headed up a bit to a second junction. Left will take you down the PCT towards Lolo trailhead, right takes you to a nice little head scratcher of a junction (which is where you need to be). After you fill out your permit you can head left and get right into the hike or do what I did and take what I thought was the direct trail - but it’s a side trail- WITH AN EPIC VIEW. This path leads around the side of a ridge and is so worth taking either in your way in or on your way out. This meets up with an trail cut off that put me back on the proper trail that heads up to McNeil. I took the long way round, instead of the questionable looking side trail that ends up taking through quite the scramble (I’ll be honest I didn’t know that was the trail that takes you straight up) I opted to take the slow painful workout that goes along the back side of the ridge. I was better for it, there’s 3-4 water sources which were essential on a day like yesterday. The flies were $&@!?@& terrible. Don’t take your pup unless you have pup shoes, that dirt in direct sunlight can be really tough on them!

easy trailhead to reach with paved roads leading to there. Like others have said its a little steep in the beginning but levels off pretty nicely towards the middle. I went pretty early so the bugs weren't terrible but bring bug spray if your going later in the day. Cool views and a fun drive to do early in the morning.

ATTN: Road is CLOSED and the trailhead is inaccessible. However, I’d love to come back and hike this when it opens up. The drive from Portland wasn’t too bad.

Was lovely to be greeted and sent off by Mirror Lake. Seemed to be a bit of a false summit at the top in the rocks where 10-20 people were resting. Follow the app and forge on to the actual summit if you’re in it for the challenge and not just the lovely view of Hood. Could also see Jefferson off in the distance.

I will be going again but definitely not kid friendly. Next time I'll just take my aussie. It is worth it and beautiful. just not with clumsy kids or dogs. (i have a older aussie who did great and a young pit who did not! they have both done great on trails before this was just too long for my 1.5 year pup)

Get there early to avoid the crowd. A beautiful hike through the forest, around the lake, and up to the top. Hike on a clear day so that you get a good view of Mt Hood, and Mt Adams and Mt Jefferson.

Nice hike with a beautiful view of Mt Hood. Quite a bit of elevation gain, but much of the trail is pretty gradual. Took us a little under 2 hours round trip.

Honestly.... ugh. My husband clocked in 6 miles on his Fitbit. 6 miles to look at the Oregon Coast just wasn't worth it to me.

on Opal Creek Trail

hiking
10 days ago

Gorgeous hike but could use some signage to guide you to the actual falls. Had a great hike and loved the natural slide.

Amazing hike! Best done on a clear day. I think it was closer to 6 miles and on the easy side of moderate. Happy National Summit Day!

Pretty solid hike overall. It took me 45 minutes to get to the top. I would say I am in good shape, but not some elite athlete.

Do not go right as one of the recent reviews states!!! The cove is to the left from the clearing. We followed someone’s comment instead of trusting our instincts and got lost.

hiking
11 days ago

This is a hard trail. Very rewarding views. Flies are horrible! We did the rock side down and it was really difficult. A scramble that never seemed to end.

12 days ago

gnarly ass cliff jumping at opal pools bro

Was there 3-4 days ago and see I may have walked past another Murray. Nice hike the river was a needed with the hot weather.

backpacking
13 days ago

We hiked through Jawbone flats on the way in and on the way out we took the trail on the other side of the river. Very easy hike in as most of it was on a dirt road. We were there on a weekday so we hardly saw anyone the whole time. Although we did hear from the one person we saw that the pools had up to 60 people in them. We just swam by our campsite in the little pools there and we had a great time. We were all alone. Our boys played on the water slide and they loved that. They had it all to themselves. Our black lab had the roughest go on the trip. Wasps and yellow jackets kept attacking him ferociously. Overall we liked the trip. We had fun.

hiking
15 days ago

The key is when you get to the meadow at the end of the trail (overlooking the ocean), sort of bear right and try to find the big tree down the hill along the cliff. It's tempting to go toward the trees on the left, but stick to the right. That's where the viewpoint of the cove/waterfall is. But it's not marked and the trail splits and re-splits all through the hay in the meadow, so it's very unclear where to go. I think the actual trail ends at the top of the meadow, so add another .6 miles (.3 down the hill and back) if you're going to the viewpoint (which you should...it's the entire payoff of the hike). Overall it's a pretty laid-back hike, but the uphill at the end is the tough part.

hiking
16 days ago

Hiked it on 7/29. Enjoyed the flowers and the amazing beautiful views. Didn't have any issues driving a Prius slowly through the potholes. Flies are still there. They're everywhere and they do bite. As soon as you stop, they swarm you. Some of us accidentally swallowed some. Bug repellents with DEET or Picadirin didn't help at all. Someone please report when they're no longer there, so we can go back and enjoy the hike fly-free.

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