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4 days ago

Tough hike but well worth it. Bring plenty of water.

This was a great hike. It was very windy but nice and sunny!

It’s getting a little muddy but not too bad :) Beautiful hike as always!

One of my favorite hikes! Minimal views compared to some other hikes in the gorge, but not as busy and with nice paths for my dogs. Very dog-friendly, people frequent with horses so please be respectful and keep them leashes.

hiking
21 days ago

Went beginning of Jan when it was in the mid 40s. Not too muddy and no micro spikes needed.

Had some great views but the last 1.2 miles is just road. If you turn around at the waterfall to do an out and back it’d probably be something like 10 miles. Didn’t encounter cars on the road though which was good.

hiking
25 days ago

Not difficult but long. Beautiful views from Warren’s Window and the Vista, and towards the end beautiful giant rocks which made that part of the forest magical. Will do this again but the other way around so as to spend more time exploring the rocks while still full of energy.

In terms of day hikes, this one is was tough. Bring water

hiking
1 month ago

Was able to get out mid-December on a day with very little wind and ~50deg temps. Lots of good views looking east up the gorge. Also a nice variety of terrain minus the paved home stretch. Not to mention very accessible.

hiking
1 month ago

The upper trail section is well worth it, but unless you just want the extra miles I'd skip the lower section and turn it into an out and back.

hiking
1 month ago

Did the old trail up and new trail down on Friday 12/07. This past week the weather was amazing so the hike was great. Started hitting light snow about 3,400 feet which increased with elevation.
Was all packed down though some parts were a little icy. I went without spikes or poles which would have been nice but not a necessity yet. The old trail up was definitely a challenge. I made it to the mailbox in 1:50 so I was hauling. The way down on the new trail took about 2:25 as I was taking my time but could definitely be done faster. Very rewarding hike!!

Very challenging hike. There's other more beautiful hikes in the area, but the workout is worth it for this one.

I was camping at Bullards Beach State Park and took the trail from B loop all the way to the beach, then took cut creek trail to North Loop. When looking at this trail on the app it was listed as moderate but looked easy. it was definitely marked moderate correctly due to the fact the majority is thick soft sand. All in all it was a wonderful trail. Well marked with posts and occasional signs. I would do this one again. Wear comfortable shoes.

7.5 miles round trip, 2 caches, lots of fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike with my wife early Sunday AM. 6 to 9” of snow made Going tough. Trail is Awsome !!!

Night time hiking trying to break mountaineering boots in. Not a good idea I advise everyone not to try but I did it anyways. This is not my only time going up to check the mail. For as close as a fun hike it is it’s wonderful for conditioning! Old trail up and down this time. The new trail down is about the same time as the old if you do some ruining.

Amazing hike with great variety—forested dirt-pack trail, through a pastoral field, across an old rock slide and finishing walking up a 1.25 mi up a tree-lined and pasture road back to parking. All of this with spectacular viewpoints of the Gorge. And perfect for a sunny Fall day with changing leaf colors. Will definitely do again.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a gorgeous day though very WINDY!! I loved the entire hike - the only slight bummer is you’re hiking the road at the end which is boring. But it didn’t keep me from enjoying it!

hiking
2 months ago

This is such a magical trail! We started our hike by heading South from the family camping ground, and it made for a pretty easy hike. Nice vistas of the Loyalsock, and we played in the “rock garden” for a bit after eating lunch at the Loyalsock Canyon Vista parking area - just follow the trail beside the bathroom.

On the back half of our loop, we hit downhill switchbacks, giant rock areas that look like they’re right off the set of the TV show Outlander, and ended with an easy walk along the river. (Going the other way would be BRUTAL.) Was a fantastic end to such a great hike. I highly recommend this hike and will definitely be back for more!

This one has been on my list and we couldn’t have had a more beautiful day for it (11/18/18). Hiked the new trail up and back down, I don’t think my knees could have taken the old trail from what I hear. Pretty brutal last 1/2 mike until you reach the Peak but no question, worth it all! Gorgeous views of the PNW.

2 months ago

I loved the views, the hills are really impressive and even if it is not a proper hike (the trails are really short), all the trails together give you the impression of a larger hike.

I love this park, beautiful pictures opportunities!!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on 11/18. Gate closed so u have to hike half mile to TH. No bathrooms, no parking fee. Took trip around the lake first which was quite serene. No sun, no views but lots of cool mushrooms, unusual tree roots

hiking
2 months ago

This is a wonderful hike with spectacular views. Be prepared for high winds and traversing a rock/boulder field.

Beautiful.

We did this hike on Mothers Day. We took the old trail up & new trail down..wear proper shoes for the down hill. Amazing accomplishment....hardest
one for me so far

Definitely a workout! Did this hike on Monday (11/13) and it was relatively busy at the top from it being a holiday. My phone recorded round trip about 12 miles, but I’m not sure how accurate this is. The last 0.5 miles are a grind but the view from the top is worth it. Watch for ice patches, poles are a good idea. When we hiked a group of hockey players were taking up a fire hydrant, look for it at the top!!

hiking
2 months ago

I enjoyed this hike, it was perfectly sunny for the first half and then lightly rained the rest of the way. I managed to grab s ok me HUGE tree leaves, same width of my chest as I was going through the hike. worth it, honestly the view points are all beautiful! I did it with my mother in law, wife, and our 2 dogs. easy trail, it is just long so dont forget water.

Great Hike.

hiking
2 months ago

10/28/18 Rainy day for a hike but great none the less! We took the new trail both ways. It was longer than the 8.4 mile loop from all trails. Our phone apps all said 13.1 miles, but who knows. It was steady uphill climb, but totally doable. We took breaks for water and snacks. When we got to the rock field toward the top the temperature dropped and the wind picked up. Right near the summit we had sideways rain/snow mix. It was a little scary at times since we were out in the open. While it was foggy and cloudy and rainy most of the rest of the time, it was a great hike! We are planning on going in the early summer again to see all the views.

I think I’m getting spoiled because I really didn’t like the hike even though it’s on many Portland fall 10 ten hiking lists. Too much of it is on roads and you can hear trains and cars most of the hike. The views are nice, but not that special for the area.

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