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Hiked this beauty for the first time today 01.21.19. Took the difficult route and it was a nice steady climb. Definitely want to try the more difficult next time. A great butt kicker!
Wish I had brought my spikes for the last 3/4 mile. Lots of snow, slippery in areas but doable with nice hiking boots. The wind was brutal and the top completely covered in fog. But wow was it gorgeous! Can only imagine the views from top on a clear day.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike!

snowshoeing
2 days ago

Need Sno Park permit, huge parking lot, bathrooms close by. Very crowded near TH and lake. We actually did a 12 mile loop on NFDR 2656 going clockwise. About 3 miles of steady incline. Snowed all day. Didn’t see many people until we got near the lake at the end. Absolutely beautiful and saw a few crazies walking on the lake. Perfect Sunday!

great for newbs and experts alike. a little muddy but hey its oregon and its January. couldn't ask for anything more.

I made it to the top today and it took all the will power I had. Didn’t get the sunny view but will try sometime in the summer again when I’m in much better shape! The views came out intermittently, and I was able snag a couple fun scenes.

Great hike that is challenging but short. It has some nice views and good climb.

If you have a dog, there are a fair amount of sharp rocks on the trail and there is also steel mesh. If your dog doesn't have tough enough paws its likely they will get cut, and there are sections where the steel has rusted.

Hiked on 1/15/19: smooth road to TH, minimal parking, no fee to park, no bathrooms but Cascade Locks is close by. Well-marked trail with easy incline. Beautiful forest although the Eagle Creek Fire definitely left it’s charred mark. Pass under a few ugly power lines and logging road. The falls are beautiful! Nice easy hike for families.

This was the first time that I did this hike in the winter. It was amazing! We just hiked in our boots. Crampons could have been nice here and there, but it was totally doable without. We passed lots of people with snowshoes, which wasn’t necessary at all. We were definitely a lot faster and more agile. The hike overall is moderate. It took us a little under 3 hours to complete the hike (out and back). The view on the summit is stunning. Very windy though. We were able to see all five mountains. Such a treat. This hike is definitely one of my favorite ones. Great in any season!

Steep all the way up. I went in February 2018 on a rare sunny day. Gorgeous views of the gorge. The mountain weather changes drastically up top. Wear layers or at least pack prepared. I remember the wind being brutal. I’d love to go back when the flowers are blooming. Interesting history of the mountain too.

Google took us to a weird side road so the hike was quicker but was still beautiful!

Definitely need spikes up until about Mirror Lake and from there on out. Many people on snowshoes and in spikes. People with nothing were slipping a lot. Icy and well packed. Going up TDH mountain was relatively easy, this is my first time doing this hike in winter but second overall. Windy as all hell at the top! Sky was clear and Hood was shining!

backpacking
10 days ago

easy hike with a wonderful ending!!!

hiking
snow
10 days ago

Took a group of Boy Scouts to overnight at the lake . Built an igloo in the campground area. Very busy parking lot and trail during the day, only ones on the lake that night!

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked on 1/14/19. Super steep. Went up the difficult side which I feel good about because it was harder than heck. The last 1/2 mile was fog fog fog and icy. Not safe conditions doing it alone with out proper equipment. I will definitely hike this again.

Did this hike in November. Very beautiful views and not too much work to get there.

Beautiful views will do this again! Went in October good temperature and clear view

snowshoeing
16 days ago

Love this hike!!! It was way more then 1.9 it more like 5 1/2 miles almost 6 , still total worth it , you can take a way quicker way to the lake but the loop around is gorgeous. We snowshoed in for fun rentals only 15$ not bad at all .kids could total make it only one big hill at the end .

hiking
17 days ago

Went and hiked out to the waterfall with my wife on 4 Jan. Trail was muddy is some spots, but nothing severe. The suspension bridge was fun to cross and I enjoyed the lower view of the fall, which is going strong this time of year.

The hike was short and easy, even with the optional North Loop trail. Boots recommended.

Beautiful easy hike. The elevation is gradually and comes on at a steady pace. Took my wife and kids. Ages 5 and 6. My one year old went into my Phil and teds carrier and onto my back. Highly recommended.

Absolutely Beautiful Ending and well worth the time to get there.... Recommended as a good Beginner Trail

Very good trail, would definitely do it again! Easy hike with young kids. Our 4 year olds walked the whole two miles and our 6 year olds said it wasn’t long enough. I suggest getting there early we showed up at about 10:30am and ran into a few big groups and a few individuals, however the parking lot was full when we got back and was filling on the side of the roads.

Kids enjoyed the hike and played in the snow.

snowshoeing
18 days ago

We snowshoed this trail on a Saturday morning. There were a few people there when we left the car, and by the time we returned to the parking lot (before 11:00), it was packed. The total length for the trip was 5 miles, with the additional miles from the sno-park.
The lake was covered in snow and pretty. The view of Mt. Hood was spectacular.
The path trail was very hard packed snow and ice. You don't really need snowshoes for this trail. A lot of people were out there without. The trail was pretty crowded.
I prefer a little more solitude hiking and snowshoeing. This would be a good beginner trail. You don't have to worry about getting lost and the scenery is pretty.

Fun and semi easy 2 mile hike. Beautiful waterfall, but to get to the bottom of this fall, you will have to go down the steps at the end of the hike. There’s a nice waterfall half way up, which will definitely add value to the hike.

Great exhausting hike, and well worth it with the views and flowers. Why bother hiking a sidewalk, hike Dog mountain because you'll feel like you've been somewhere and experienced something worthwhile!

Today was a lovely hike. The undergrowth and birds have returned. There were very few other people on the trail which also made it lovely.

cross country skiing
snow
20 days ago

My dude and I cross country ( well I did, he skinned) this starting at about 4:30 PM on a Friday night, we were the only ones going down so we missed the crowds. We saw about 3 sets of people returning to the lot. It was perfect for my first time cross country skiing. Don't be fooled- the hill in the beginning is no joke for a first timer! I fell a few times. We did not do the loop, just from the parking lot down to the dock.

Be aware there are snowmobilers at night!

hiking
20 days ago

Kicked my butt, but it was an amazing hike with wonderful views. Did it New Years Day, parking wasn’t full even at 10am. Saw a decent number of people. We brought our 75lb Shepherd/golden mix and highly recommend booties for any dogs on the mountain, especially near the top. We put his boots on around 1.75mi up the mountain when the chain link became prevalent on the ground. Bring lots of snacks, the elevation is harder than it seems! Be careful of ice covering the path near the top. Would love to go back again.

The hike was beautiful. My girlfriend and I hiked this trail during the summer and enjoyed every bit of the views and nature. We personally enjoyed the upper falls better than the lower falls on the loop trail due to the fact that there were a lot less people and you could just get a lot closer. The trail itself had a couple look out points which made it that much more rewarding. Both are beautiful falls though.

snowshoeing
22 days ago

Fun, easy hike around the frozen lake.

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