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Just completed yesterday. Started Monday from TL Lodge and went clockwise, as suggested. If I had do overs I would do CCW and end on easy, cruising trail rather than the sandpit climb back up to the lodge.
Water crossing were all easily done with dry feet except for the last one, White River, when done CW. I easily forded that one. Rock hopping possible, I'm sure, if you are willing to scout up and down the river a ways. I determined the ford the safest and fastest way and it felt refreshing on my worn feet.
Trail conditions are great. Water sources plentiful even with many dried out for the season. Completed in 2.5 days. 40's at night. Cool in the mornings but hot in the afternoons. Pack appropriately for 3 seasons and get out there and do it while the window is still open. From what I hear, this is atypical for this time of year. Glad I was able to sneak it in!

This trail is beautiful especially in the fall. I did the hike alone but i don’t recommend that. A few dangers to keep in mind: the fog can roll in quickly and you can lose visibility. I hiked it September 28- October 2 2018. I was 1 mile from the lodge and the fog rolled in and i lost the trail. Pretty much where the hiker that just died was found a week later. It was scary but i had a beacon in case of emergency. I ended up by palmer lift up on the glacier. It was very scary. I got lucky and the fog cleared for a second and i saw the palmer lift and then it disappeared again. I started to head that direction and back down hill when i got a brief glimpse of the lodge and then it also disappeared again. I was lucky i was in a ravine that went straight to the lodge. I was stuck up there for 6 hrs before i found my way back. I almost used my beacon but grateful i didn’t have to. I totally recommend the hike you just need to be prepared for anything. I plan to go back and see where i went wrong. I also am advocating for a sign to be added where that turn off is. Multiple hikers have gotten lost there. Good luck it was absolutely breathtaking and i feel like a badass fir completing the hike solo. Yeah me!!

Began at 7am and completed clockwise loop in 1 day. Precipitation most of the day and clouds finally cleared around mile 30 for some great views. Not much runoff so river crossing were relatively dry. No GPS signal for offline map, garmin watch or inreach tracker that day around Heather and Clark creek so study that area well to avoid losing the trail.

Well graded for the most part and very well maintained. Many miles above the treeline, offering amazing views on the top part of the mountain and its many glaciers. River fording can be tricky, but is a major highlight of the Trail.
Found much secludedness when we tackled the whole trail in early october. Got snowed on! Great experience.

Great hike for kids and dogs. Wasn’t too crowded when we got there. The turn to get to it though isn’t very clearly marked from Main Street.

Wonderful trip! Did this as a 4-day backpacking trip with my wife in August of 2017. Breathtaking views, wildflowers, historic shelters, and snow fields. This hike has a little bit of everything. If your itinerary allows, camp at Dollar Lake on the north side of the mountain. It’s a short climb from the main trail, but has excellent campsites, a beautiful view of the mountain, and a nice place for a swim or washing clothes. Water crossings vary significantly with temperature and rainfall. Sandy, Coe, and Elliott were the most challenging for us. It’s a fantastic and challenging hike.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Singletrack Mountain bike trail. For $30-35 two shuttle co in Oakridge will drop you off about 13 miles up. Then you can ride down to Westfir the red covered bridge parking area. Nice views and great fun there's still climbing you have to do and about 3 or 4 Hairpin switchbacks that could endo you off your bike. Intermediate to Difficult rating.

Great hike!! Did this hike in 2 days.

Well maintained path for walking and biking.

Love this trail! Lots of shade and good for all skill levels.

walking
2 months ago

Not great for walking if you start in DT Cottage Grove. Better to just skip past all the grand vistas of the Walmart, car dealerships, and junkyards. The first three miles or so (up to Mosby Creek Trailhead) just run parallel to the road, definitely not a nature trail and I passed some pretty shady characters (not trees). Next time I'll just park at Mosby.

**Found**
found a sleeping bag on the northwestern side of the mountain, in a glacial valley. Packed it out. Describe it to me and I can mail it to you. send me a message on Instagram, @sam_joe_carl

Beautiful wilderness! Spent two nights and three days. My GPS showed the final milage to be more like 43.5

Make sure to bring some type of insect repellent but overall very beautiful and gracious. I did bring my dog and should’ve had dog booties for her because of certain terrain. Enjoy!

did this all the way thru before the spine trail was closed off, but I do believe it's all back open now anyway. start on the McKenzie highway/126/main St parking lot, go all the way thru the spine trail, follow the gravel path and trail and eventually you pop out to bob straub parkway. there's some pretty interesting rocks that could be fun to scramble in the middle after you finish the spine trail and see the sign for the actual natural area section of it. not sure if those were placed there for that or what exactly is going on with those. cool none the less. there's not really any spectacular views but it is kinda cool that you see some hills towards the south you don't normally see unless you get through that side. it's very easy unless it's muddy, I definitely ruined my shoes. it's a fun one but if you want views I'd say Spencer or maybe pisgah are better.

Did this over 2 days (Timberline Lodge—>elk cove, elk cove—>Timberline lodge). Would absolutely recommend this trail, but not this pace— it’s worth it to enjoy 2 nights outside. Beautiful scenery.

Bring trekking poles for the river crossings— they weren’t terrible, but they were more significant than anything I’d ever done before, and they get worse in the afternoons, when there’s more snowmelt.

Overall, this is an excellent hike— can’t wait to go back!

Did the loop on Jun 30 - July 2. The trail was awesome and was completed in 2.5 days. Start and end at the Timberline Lodge going clockwise. No parking permit needed but you need to park by the edge wall while leaving the main parking area to lodge guest. 1st day (18 miles) camp at McGee Creek; 2nd day (17 miles) camp at Heather Creek; 3rd day (6 miles) out to the car. Make sure to fill out wilderness permit at trailhead.

Just completed the trail. Amazing views of Mt Hood, and gorgeous scenery. So happy to have hiked it. Long first day (30 miles), and super windy just after Cloud Cap.

All river crossings were reasonable. Many had convenient logs across them, some had a few jumps between rocks, but never had to get my boots wet. Crossed White at 9am, so possibly was lower than it would have been in the afternoon.

Still some snow on sections, but nothing to worry about.

Epic journey. Started at the lodge and went clockwise. We did it in two and a half days, with some little side hikes up and down other trails. Elliott Branch was very scary, but this was in 2012 and it might be better by now. Will never forget it, one of my favorite hikes ever.

Easy? Where? This is harder than Spencer’s and Pisgah. Definitely higher than east.

Fantastic loop. I did this over 5 days/4 nights with side trips up Yocum Ridge, McNiel Point, and Elk Meadow. I started from the Timberline Lodge and went clockwise. There are a few streams you have to ford, though I only got me feet wet on the Sandy river crossing. The Elliot crossing seems more daunting that it is. I used the ropes crossing and it wasn't bad. This guide is pretty helpful http://www.oregonhikers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=19999. If I did it again, I would take high route up by the glacier as that seems like the shortest, least painful way.

Very easy at the start and well marked trail. It does have a lot of turns. Mostly shaded with a couple spots that are more in the open. It connects to Spine Trail and it starts to get steeper. A marker indicates trail end ahead once you start spine. I walked another couple turns and stopped. Not sure if it is completed or not.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is a lovely hike, at least the first several miles of it. You hike along the highway for a good portion of the trek, so the sound of cars in the background is fairly persistent. There's a point where the trail ends at the National Forest Development Road 2044, which is an improved gravel road. If you're not sure where you're supposed to be going from there (there's no direction), then it's easy to get lost and double back on yourself.

If you go past the trail end to the service road it changes to moderate for beginners due to the incline. No views at the top of service area. Right now Spine trail is closed but it looked like there would be views there. Will come back and try again.

Well maintained trail with birds chirping and scurrying chipmunks.

It's a nice trail. If you are looking for a place with lots of zig zags and a lot of up hill action, this is the place!

road biking
6 months ago

We parked at Bohemia Park in downtown Cottage Grove and started at Row River Trail Park. We rode the entire trail to Culp Creek Trailhead. It’s a nice 33 mile ride round trip. The trail goes slightly uphill on the way out, and slightly downhill coming back of course. Overall, it’s pretty flat though. There are at least 5 bathrooms along the way, but we didn’t see water fountains, so take plenty. The scenery is beautiful. Riding through farmland and seeing llamas, cows and horses up close was a treat for these urbanites.

Great with the kids. Long but very moderate

Great hike! Even my 3 y/o and 6 y/o had fun and made it the whole way!

Well marked and an easy zigzag trail. It ends at a dirt road that you can continue on, and another trail that hasn’t been graveled starts after a little while down the road. It’s a beautiful and easy hike, great for dogs and kids.

Can't wait for this to be finished. It'll also have a downhill mountain biking trail beside it that's currently still under construction

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