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Love this loop. I’ve hiked it many times. I good moderately challenging hike. The views are spectacular.

hiking
20 days ago

Really enjoyable even in the cold. The views of the lake were really something.

Hiked the trail in the snow on Christmas day after a fresh snow fall. I have done this hike several times both winter and summer and it never gets old. But I think winter is my favorite.

Worth every step!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this back in the beginning of September and wasn't too shabby. Easy enough for my friend to do it in crocs. Took a few breaks here and there to check out the two lakes. Pretty cloudy once we got to the top- not enough to where we couldn't see the other sisters and Jefferson but just enough to make me want to go back for more.
Started around 6:30am, up took us about 3.5 hours and down took us about 2.5 at a constant leisure pace

trail running
1 month ago

Crossing the crooked river, took a right headed east. Trail maintenance crews out. Doing a great job. About 75 minute 7 mile loop was great. Other than the climbers yelling, not just “climbing...climb on!” Just yelling acting like hoodlums. Oh well, in the 90’s it seemed like climbers were a more civilized granola crunching bunch, usually quiet other than the occasional climbing phrase. A lot of people out enjoying the hike. Did not see one piece of trash, that was great!!!

Directions only take you to turn for TH...2 more winding miles on road 500 to go. Hiked in early December. Beautiful in light snow. Did not see a soul. Stairs make final downward trek to pillar easy even in snow. Checked out accessible ledge with overhang to the right on unmaintained part of trail. 4 miles out and back through lovely stretch of forest. After hike, continued up road 500 for longer hike and elevation gain. Added almost 4 miles rt and map shows I could have kept going. Upper part of road is blocked to cars.

on Tam-a-lau Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great views of the lake, river canyon and mountains. We were literally the only people on the trail and only 2 boats on the lake far below. Signage for the trail wasn't very obvious from the road -- park in the Upper Deschutes Day Use Area in the single car section, then walk the short distance back up to the main road and cross it; the trail starts on the other side. All effort and elevation gain (pretty minimal at 600 ft) is in the first mile to the top. Looking down into the canyon at certain points on the rim can feel a little freaky if you have any fear of heights! (Even driving up and down the canyon in this spectacular state park may result in white knuckles. Road was dry when we were there, but chains are recommended if there are winter conditions.)

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and serene.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike back in July of 2015. Incredible views. Camped by the parking lot and headed out early in the morning. Took about 5-6 hours total, I’d say.

hiking
1 month ago

11/25/2018 - Road closure for the winter was a little early this year, so you can't get to the trailhead unless you hike back in about 8 miles from the closure by Mt. Bachelor.

A great alternative (without the views) is the six lakes loop on the south side of the road closure. I went and did that instead. Beautiful but very snowy.

Great climb. Long way until you get to the actual mountain. Trail climbs then sorta flattened out a few times. It was nice to have those breaks.

backpacking
2 months ago

Finished Summit 11/17, just days before road closures to be set. It was a beautiful clear day with amazing views that make the strenuous climb worth it. Had micro spikes on and took ice axe just in case but didn’t need it really. Summit is tough in November but not technical. Take plenty of water, I didn’t and regretted it.

hiking
2 months ago

Loads of bugs, loose soil on the way up makes the climb difficult, but the view from the top is worth it. We were fortunate to be hiking this trail during the "California Tortoiseshells" migration; Thousands of butterflies swarmed us near the peak.

2 months ago

Hiked it to Lake Paulina and back! So beautiful and inspiring with the river and water falls inspiring us to finish!!

I did this on 11-12. It was very difficult and snow/ice were everywhere after the first mile. If you’re going to attempt it have an ice axe and crampons. It was super sketchy coming down with the snow melting and soft. The views were first rate and incredible at the top but be prepared.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! We started on the Wolf Tree Trail side and would recommend going the other way down the River Trail. You have to go up no matter what, but can’t recommend the south full sun option. We sweated our way to the top and found the other side very mild.
Bring LOTS of water. Even in November it was needed. Gorgeous views and you can see a Golden Eagle nest from Wolf Tree trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Very difficult. I am in shape, but still took me a long time to reach the summit. Worth every bit of it though, the views from the top are unlike any other. Best hike in Oregon for sure

hiking
2 months ago

Insane day up at South Sister. Snow covered 95% of trail and I was only able to reach the summit because I brought an ice ax and crampons. I would not attempt the last 200 ft without at least an ice ax.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked up past Moraine Lake today for lunch and views. Was nice to be in the snow and get another hike in before it gets too snowy. Was fine with hiking shoes and poles. Mostly snow covered starting about 1/2 mile in from the trailhead.

great views and nice loop

2 months ago

This hike was incredibly beautiful. Watching all the rock climbers along the way is an added bonus. I highly recommend doing Misery Ridge, and know I will definitely do it again. There's pretty good elevation change and stairs, so I wouldn't do it if you have bad knees! Overall LOVED it.

hiking
2 months ago

I went in September.. first time hiking this one.. what a nice view on the way up to the summit..

hiking
2 months ago

This a great hike for all levels. I would call the loop “easy” for hikers considering you go by at least 10 waterfalls, if not more counting the little ones. This is a must do hike!

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked the first half and saw 3 or 4 falls. We hiked out and back to same way. I carried our small dog in a carrier. We loved it!

This is my 'local' so to speak.I try to hit at least part of the trail 3-4 times a week.Unparalled dog walking. The main trail is real dusty at the moment because of v. dry summer,but you can walk a smaller trail right next to the creek.The creek features numerous small pools along the way with lovely scenery including beautiful rock formations.During the week few others use the trail,however it gets quite lively on summer weekends.

on Tumalo Falls Loop

3 months ago

I have to say that I was a bit disappointed with this hike. The most effort that I had to put into it was getting parking. The waterfall was at the beginning and you didn't have to walk far from the parking lot to see it. There were mountain bikers everywhere and at time made it difficult to get past them on the narrow parts of the trail. They were even in areas the the signs said they weren't allowed. This made it hard to enjoy the trail. As beautiful as the waterfall was, I prefer to work to get to it, not walk 1 minute from where I parked.

We hiked to the top yesterday. Weather was clear and the views were amazing - smoke was just a light haze in the distance. The hike is strenuous - I do the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway hike every year and this felt just as hard, although we were moving at a pretty good pace and I haven't spent any time at altitude this year so the thin air probably hit me harder than I expected. The top third of the mountain is composed primarily of loose volcanic rocks, gravel and sand. When it's very dry (as it was yesterday) this mixture is surprisingly loose, and the descent in particular was a bit hairy with slips and trips. I highly recommend bringing poles for the descent, even if you don't like to use them to climb up.

hiking
3 months ago

Hike from trailhead to Moraine lake with overnight gear was strenuous! Started hike around 1130am and got to the lake by 130pm. Once you get into the open desert it gets HOT and there is very little shade. Having said that, we just happened to hike this trail on the hottest day of the year with smoke surrounding us. Ate lunch, set up camp and were going to wait until the next day to summit but we met some new friends and decided to start our ascent at 215pm. The smoke didn't allow us to see the views very well but the mountain and glaciers alone was worth it. Summited at 700pm and got back to Moraine lake at 900pm. Just in time for sunset! 35,200 step day. Bring at least 4 litres of water, if not a water pump! Overall steps were 53,600! Can't wait to do again later in life.

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