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Fantastic hike with one amazing falls after another.

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.

on Lava Canyon Trail

1 day ago

Not for kids or dogs. Watch your footing as it gets very narrow in some spots. It was pouring rain when we went so we had to be extra cautious on the slopes and the ladder.

Exquisite and idyllic!

This was an easy hike with gorgeous waterfalls. It can get crowded, especially at the falls that are less than a mile from the trailhead, but the farther away from the trailhead I got the less people I saw.

hiking
2 days ago

It was beautiful and refreshing standing on the back of the fall!!!

Easy trail; well-worn, short walk to the falls with a couple signs talking about the area at the beginning. Road is paved whole way. Several cars in parking lot, but didn't run into too many people; mostly families with young children and small dogs.

Upper section not too crowded (Friday 9/14/18 afternoon). Some road/traffic noise along lower section. Beautiful forested area. Decent elevation change with some switchbacks.

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked this trail on Sunday 9/9/18. Started about 2:00 pm and went counter clockwise. Clocked over 9 miles and 1400 feet of elevation gain. The falls are amazing, though a few were dry. Not as many people in the afternoon and going that direction. Make sure you have your Trail app on because some of the trail has no signage. Very well maintained hike with a push toward the end up switchback stairs. Will be back in spring when the water is higher!

Hiked on 9/8. The upper falls loop wasn’t too crowded—but lower falls looked a lot busier. Gorgeous views all around due to a dry and sunny day. Couldn’t have asked for a better morning hike to start the day.

two waterfalls in one hike. nice!

had a great time walking this Trail, ended up doing the loop twice because of the incline and sheer magnitude of the view you get both at the top of the falls and lower Falls. Highly recommend

trail running
9 days ago

This was a beautiful run to do, definitely stopped a few times to take in the sites, going counterclockwise around the loop, you get the gradual climb done first and then you have a gradual downhill and steep uphill to finish on.

beautiful hike, we ended up doing 10 miles by the time we got back to the car to make sure we saw everything we came to see.

A nice, fairly undemanding hike but not a lot of visual bang.

Amazing, amazing, amazing!!
Winter Falls and Double Falls are both dry at the moment, so unless there’s a bit of rain soon, probably not worth the trip - but even with the falls a bit drier, and having a lighter flow, I would highly recommend this. It’s not too difficult but it’s absolutely beautiful. It took me about 4 hours all up to do the loop, and I was taking my sweet time.
I did the loop counterclockwise (aka South Falls last) which I was happy with - except between South Falls and Lower South Falls there’s about 180 steps... that’s hard to get up after already clocking in a few miles haha. Barely saw anyone going that way for whatever reason - I barely saw anyone at all really. Early September, on a Thursday in the middle of the day... apparently a pretty quiet time for the trail ha!

7/22/18 - Trail is well groomed, road is good except for a small gravel portion, which was not bad. Expect for people to drive really slow specially if it's a small vehicle or minivan. A bit of advice - Never go on a Sunday, specially if it's a hot day. Lower Lewis was packed cars parked on both sides of the road with more behind us. We decided to skip Lower and went to Middle then went up to Upper, there was no more then 20 people at either. Happy travels!

Highly reccomend stable shoes. Took my dog on this hike and had a blast but the trail is not flat. I didn't have too much trouble but when I wasn't paying attention to my feet I rolled my ankle over a few times. Definitely my bad for wearing running shoes. Not very difficult, but I would have to say going down on the last treck was the more difficult part for me with my dog. He's still learning trail etiquette.

Lovely little hike with no other foot traffic late in the evening. Beautiful falls with crisp air and several gorgeous view points.

Very green, beautiful falls even in March.

We did the 9.5 mile loop around all of the falls. We went clockwise, which was great to avoid the Labor Day crowds. But Strictly based on elevation, I think it would be easier to go counter clockwise. There were lots of fun areas for our kids to play in the river during the hike too. Overall the waterfalls were stunning and the trails were well maintained. They weren’t very well marked, so if you can keep the AllTrails app up, I would suggest you do so.

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.

Beautiful ! So many waterfalls. Bring lots of water!

hiking
16 days ago

As of now, the old highway is closed due to the Sept 2017 fire that burned though. The view of the waterfall is gorgeous but i does get really crowded. Was able to hike up to the bridge, but any further hiking was closed off.

Great loop hike! But it wasn’t 2 miles. More like 4.4 which was great! Rocky terrain, shoes with good soles are recommended. From the lower park, take the left hand trail at the Y. It will take you to the lower falls within about a mile. Keep going and eventually you will reach the upper falls ~2 miles. Then loop back down on the other side of the stream. Moderate only because of the terrain. The elevation gain was about 1000 ft. Great on a beautiful day. You can walk behind both falls. Please be kind though, and pack in pack out. This is a very tourist-y spot.

Meh. The trail is short and bumpy with a waterfall that is decent, but not great relative to the surrounding area.

We went during the week so it wasn’t very busy. Be sure to take the trail by the trail head sign... if you go over the bridge further to the right, it takes you on a totally different trail that doesn’t go to the falls.

This is an easy hike for all ages and any fitness level. I saw both retired age and small children (3-ish) on the trail. There’s a nice path all the way up to the falls, and for those who are a little more nimble you can climb to the top of the falls. It’s a beautiful walk and there are lots and lots of spots for great photos. It’s a single trail in and out - not a loop as the map shows.

hiking
20 days ago

Spectacular views of the falls. If you only have a morning or an afternoon, I recommend parking in the South Day Access parking lot. Plenty of picnic tables, restrooms, and even a snack bar. For the hike, the Rim Trail up to the North Falls is very wonderful. Coming back to the parking lot, I opted for the Canyon Trail. Glad I did. I saw three more falls and each seemed to be better than the next.

hiking
22 days ago

Very beautiful!

The trail is super short and currently closed. Not a bad trail but the bride and waterfall get very crowded as the day rolls on. I recommend going early. Right bow everything is fenced off, I would wait until the trail is open and the area has had some chance to regrow after these fires

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