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We set off from the Seaside trailhead on a crisp, clear New Year’s Eve morning, around 8:30 am, and made it to Cannon Beach city center in about 6 hours, covering about 10 miles in total (26,000 steps). There were many points along the trail with spectacular vistas. Some of this may be obscured by foliage during spring and summer months because we noticed a lot of bare deciduous trees along the way. We loved the variety of forestation we encountered. There were some very muddy areas, and several of the boardwalks placed over them were weakened or broken. Largely a well kept trail, however. Hiker’s camp, the WW2 bunker, and Indian Beach were highlights of the day. We hardly encountered a soul until we got to that point. The only disappointment was that the trail from Indian Beach to Ecola Point is closed, so we chose to hike the road back. Other reviews suggest that it’s passable, but we didn’t want to risk it. Hopefully this portion opens back up; we’d definitely do this one again!

Beautiful views in the beginning. Pretty trafficked throughout

Beautiful views. Small creeks and tall cliff faces at the shoreline.

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1 month ago

I did the trail for the first time today and it was a beautiful, though chili hike. The entire trail is snowed in so come prepared. The road itself leading to the trailhead is covered in snow, though lots of exposed ice throughout would make it unsuitable for non AWD vehicles without snow tires. Temperatures hovered around 25°F, with clouds rolling in and out, and occasional cool wind gusts/mild snow fall. This was despite a forecast of clear skies. Overall, the hike is very enjoyable, and I plan on doing it again later this winter.

If you start at Indian Beach- all the best views are basically at the beginning.

1 month ago

Great hike, but definitely need spikes to get to the shelter. It may be better now, but when we went all the snow was iced over and there was no traction whatsoever. Longer than 10 miles, but worth every step. We took the trail that added an extra 0.6 mile to get that glorious view of Mt Hood, and an extra mile going to Cairn Basin. The trek down to Cairn Basin after the shelter is worth it.

Went there yesterday. Gorgeous hike challenging but not annoyingly difficult. Some ice patches but I easily broke through most of it. A good pair of treaded hiking boots should be fine. If you are under 130#s maybe some shoe spikes might be in order.

Fantastic hiking experience! (11/3/2018) I went just before the first snowfall of the season. It was sunny and dry. Make sure to bring enough water. The views on this trail are top notch. You can see multiple peaks on a clear day (Jefferson, Adams, St. Helens) amazing views of Mt Hood right above you the entire way. I took PCT to PPL and veered left at the branch. I prefer this way for views that continually get better.
Here's a video of my experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2ICkivrFnk

Travelers note:
Forest Pass: NO
Parking fee: NO
Travel time from Portland: ~1.5 hrs

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2 months ago

Amazing hike, but come prepared for icy and snowy trail conditions starting halfway through the hike! It’s difficult hiking in ice up and down hill. Bring boot traction chains and hiking poles. They’re absolutely necessary. Hiked November 10th 2018.

Top hike to get near Hood; love it!

Nowhere near 7.7. Plan for more like 10.5 if you make it all the way to the point. It's an amazing, and beautiful, hike, but definitely plan for something more substantial than the description indicates.

The gray jays and ravens made it even more fun!

This definitely is not 7.7, my Garmin measured 9.5 miles going with the shortcut. Do. Not. Do. The. Shortcut. It’s so so steep and not worth it, especially with my dog. The in and out way is so much more pleasant and scenic. I loved this hike enough to do it again without the terrible shortcut.

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2 months ago

Very great hike. I would rate hard, but it is on the longer side, with steady incline throughout. Must do if wanting to get up close and personal with Mt. Hood, and wanting a decent hike!

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2 months ago

Beautiful t-shirt weather, no bugs, perfect day! Met many great people. I got to witness and take a photo for a couple from Minnisota who were in outright disbelief as they viewed a real mountain up close for the first time. A good reminder of how lucky we are to live here and see it often.

Did this yesterday (Friday) and LOVED it! Not many people on the trail at all. We found the trail a little confusing but figured it out in the end. Ended up keeping left on both loops going up and doing the other way down. This takes you the gradual way up to McNeil Point and we ended up going down the steep way. We agreed that we would have preferred climbing up the steep way over down- tough but it was pretty sketchy going down. If you go up the gradual way, don't feel like you need to wait until you get to the shelter to stop for views. We didn't sit in the shelter at all because it's enclosed so you miss much of the view. Wish we'd stopped to eat on one of the big rocks coming up!

Just what you think you’ll get. Pictures are accurate.

Great hike. Beautiful views. Small water crossing (plenty of rocks to jump on). Colors were changing so it was really beautiful.

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3 months ago

I don't like it no bath for the whaterfall

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3 months ago

good place short hike

Cooler than the wreck is the surrounding park! Looking forward to camping here. Beach is big wreck is cool. Good family time but not a hike.

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3 months ago

Beautiful day on the trail yesterday. The weather was perfect, even though the Mt. Hood view from the point was a bit socked in. Still a few strangling wildflowers and great fall reds, oranges, and yellows on the foliage. Such a well worth it hike!

A great day hike or overnight with plenty of wildflowers and big views of the mountain. The hike starts with excellent views along the Timberline Trail/PCT with pleasant rolling hills and then becomes more dramatic with a sweeping view of Mt. Hood and the Zigzag Canyon. A healthy descent and relatively easy crossing of the Zigzag River changes to a forest climb and then opens into colorful meadows of flowers as you join the Paradise Park Trail. Move quickly as the flies are abundant through this section of the climb. As you continue to ascend, you are rewarded with increasingly impressive views of the mountain and the feeling that you could just walk to the top. Enjoy a leisurely walk in Paradise Park before returning down to the PCT to make the trip back to Timberline Lodge.

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4 months ago

Hiked this trail on a weekend with some friends. It is much busier than a weekday, so try your best to get to the trailhead before 8:30 AM. Also, if you can, try to hike it on a clear day. There's so much more to see.

Very nice. Trail was muddy, ended up wearing some on my backside. Rocky beach was a worthwhile payoff. Elk crossing the road as we left.

I really love this Trail. Great canopy, beautiful Lush Greenery, elevation, beautiful sights and sounds. Enjoy.

Started from Timberline Lodge on August 29th and came back out August 31st, 2018 (the other end down near Government Camp is cut off about 4 miles in due to downed trees, which we confirmed with the Zigzag Ranger Station). Went to Ramona Falls (as our end point), although we camped both nights at Paradise Park. The wildflowers were on their way out, there were basically no bugs, and we were in one of three main campsites on the south end of the Paradise Park Loop Trail, right near Lost Creek.
There was water flowing at almost all stream/river beds along the way (Lost Creek being in between some of the campsites, and flowing), although all were easy to cross.

No idea where the 7 miles came from but it’s around 11. No black flies yesterday which was a bonus

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4 months ago

This hike is what hiking in Oregon is all about. I’m still in awe with how beautiful, challenging, and centring it was to do alone. The parking lot is incredible easy to get to, but this hike is NOT 7.7 miles if you go the accessible way—by not using the climbing trail. My total was 10.7 miles on the trail, and they were all wonderful. There are plenty of hikers around, so if you have any issues, ask others for help! Finally, be sure to pack layers—because it can be cold at the top. According to my watch, it was 39 degrees at McNeil point. Otherwise, enjoy this incredible hike that will offer really stunning landscapes and geographies, even when it’s cloudy.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a beautiful hike up to the base of Mt. Hood. The trail takes one over two small waterfalls, though small alpine lakes, and past a rushing snow melt stream. On a clear day, one can see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier. The shelter at McNeil Point is a great place to stop for lunch and take in the view. Taking the Bald Mountain option (right at the first fork option on the map) is highly recommended for amazing views of Mt. Hood and its valleys. When we went in July there were plenty of wildflowers blooming, as well. This is a great hike to experience the Mt. Hood National Forest and views of prominent peaks in the Cascade Range.

The Top Spur Trailhead has some parking, but make sure to get there early. We arrived around 6:30 AM on a Saturday and it was already starting to fill up. We finished up around noon, and biting flies had come out. Start early to avoid most of the bugs. The trail is very accessible for dogs and consists mostly of rooty soil. This trail is very steep in some segments. At the 3 mile mark, the right fork is a very steep scramble to McNeil Point. We chose to take the more gradual left fork as an out and back instead of a loop.

With this hike being through National Forest, make sure to have the proper recreation permit. This trail head does not have a fee drop box, but Northwest Forest day passes can be purchased online and printed at home.

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