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Not difficult, but if you want to get better pictures you’ll do a little navigating on slippery rocks. Even then, it’s not bad. Views are spectacular, of course.

So beautiful!

hiking
2 days ago

Trails are well marked and easy to walk, but nothing special to see. The lake was disappointing.

Great trail for all ages. The views are spectacular!

trail running
8 days ago

This a nice, mostly flat, gravel path along a somewhat dry lake. Much of the path is behind neighborhoods and houses, but it isn't loud or anything. It is a nice running path, but I wouldn't really consider this a "hike". There are bathrooms and water fountains at both ends, which makes for a nice halfway stop.

I would call it more than moderate for some parts of it

Beautiful and nice variety!

A bit of a workout which was nice. Plenty of inclines, plenty of viewpoints, plenty of resting points. Lower trail is a bit rocky. Trail is well marked with signs everywhere, there's a parking lot with an out house. Enjoy!

great short trail to the top and bottom of the falls. three kids and myself enjoyed this very much.

great views!

Beautiful way to spend an afternoon in fall.

Pleasant gravel trail along lake edge.

Amazing view!

hiking
1 month ago

I can only speak to the upper trail, because the lower trail was closed when I went due to the falcon mating season, but I have to say that at least the upper trail is way overrated in my opinion. It is dominated by new growth trees and weeds - some pretty wildflowers mixed in, but mostly just weeds. Compared to most other trails in The Gorge, this trail is sorely lacking in aesthetic beauty.

You would think the views would more than make up for that, but it takes a couple miles of mundane switchbacks just to get to the first viewpoint, which is just above and practically identical to the view you get from the Cape Horn Lookout, which you can reach by simply pulling your car over on Route 14. Along the way, you will be enjoying the company of many other hikers talking loudly, on their phones, with their dogs, and see several bags of dog poop left behind by careless owners, and rude joggers who expect you to step off the trail so they don’t have to break their stride.

Even though I always welcome the opportunity to go hiking and get a nice view of the gorge, I couldn’t help but feel annoyed and underwhelmed after this one. Perhaps we should just leave this area to the falcons. Do yourself a favor and just pull over the Cape Horn Lookout off 14 instead, and go one one of the countless other amazing hikes in the area that are more beautiful and less crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

Some good view points. Start with upper and then loop your way down. You will pass a waterfall, and some rocky steep sections. Last mile or so is on a old country road.

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

hiking
1 month ago

We found the trail easy beside the parking lot. The trail to the upper loop was fun to hike and beautiful. There are a few spots to rest that allow views of the Columbia river. We pushed a bit further across a road to the official upper loop and it was stunning. It was worth every step. We did not complete the loop by going to the lower section. I read not great reviews of the long walk back. We went back the way we came and the whole hike was perfect. Probably 4 Miles or so. ( that’s a guess )

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.

Very green, beautiful falls even in March.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Alright view. Several viewpoints of the same thing.

VERY popular!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful falls and lush green forest. A short and easy two miles, but definitely worth doing! More people than I would like to have around. Hike early to get a parking spot and less peope traffic.

Very easy but nice trail to hike. I enjoyed this one very much. It has a little bit of everything here. I will go back in the winter to check out the higher water levels.

Lovely place. The view was so worth it, would highly recommend hiking here!

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