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18 hours ago

Still some lingering wildflowers. Upper meadow was lush and green on 8/12/2018. No mosquitos, some butterflies. Parking lot was full, but trail wasn't crowded at all.

This was a great hike despite the smoke filled air coming from the wildfires. I can tell on a bright sunny day, the views would be amazing so I still gave this a 5 even though my pics show a lot of haze. I’m not sure I would rate this trail hard...maybe moderate. It took me 3 hours with no significant break. It is pretty steep and tiring going up the Misery Ridge section in the beginning but doesn’t take to long to complete that part. There are some switchbacks about half way that are a little tiring but nothing like the beginning of the trail. It’s a very quiet trail and I only saw a few hikers once I got on the summit trail. I guess the haziness from the smoke may have helped in terms of keeping it from being too hot. If you want to enjoy the views, do it on a sunny cooler day or go early as someone else said. It can be easy to slip on the gravel rocky surface, so be careful going up and especially coming down. Once you leave the Burma road section heading for the wolf tree trail portion, it is a little steep and rocky coming down so be especially careful there.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful view of the canyon. Spectacular views of the cascades. It was on the more difficult side of things for me, especially the huge incline gain to the top. Well worth it! You can see the monkey face really good once you get down the other side.

Not a long hike but a challenging one. Bring lots of water...

The lower falls is an excellent hike if you are looking for a fairly short and easy hike with high reward. Be sure to make your way to the base of the falls!

Amazing hike. Very steep both up and down but so worth it! Go early to avoid the heat if the day. Bring lots of water!

Boyfriend, me and our dog did this trail June of 2017. Great trail, and our xl dog loved it. The lava rock was amazing! Taking the “off trail” trails to the bottom of the falls is worth it.

5 stars for the first part of the hike! Hiking the steep steps up to the top is so fun and gives you such awesome views! The path down is neat too (takes you past Monkey Face), but once you get down to the river it’s a little less exciting. Still a really nice trail and we enjoyed it, but all the “action” is in the first half of the hike!

Beautiful waterfalls!!

Pretty popular trail considering the amount of traffic I ran into on a weekday morning. Road conditions on the way up are fairly poor and there is a lot of rippling of the gravel. Good hike with some cool views along the way. Glad I went once but I probably wont be back for a while.

Great hike but hit it early to avoid congestion.

Loved this hike! Great hike for dogs too as there are lots of water spots but as others have mentioned the trail gets HOT on some sections so you’ll definitely want to bring booties for your dog if you’re not going to be off the trail by noon. It does get a little steep if you go up to the glacial lake past the high meadow - which I definitely recommend doing!

Such a beautiful hike! Make sure you go in late July, which is peak for the wildflowers.

Beautiful trail. Wildflowers are on their way down, but still abundant and amazing. If you choose to go toward Cirque Lake (the glacial lake just beneath Three Finger Jack), definitely bring adequate hiking shoes and poles if you have them. They will be an invaluable help. The path is loose gravel for the last 1/4 mile up to the glacial lake and on past (if you go up to the top of the crest). If you just do the loop, it’s a good climb on the first leg (to the meadow), but an easy downhill from there. Spectacular views of Three Finger Jack, Mt. Jefferson, and a few others (even 2 of the three sisters briefly). Heavily trafficked for a weekend but well worth it!
Also, no mosquitoes, but plenty of flies.

hiking
16 days ago

Such a Gorgeous hike!! No words... just go!!

Other than a little rocky patch in the beginning the rest was very easy!
Beautiful!! I have MS and my balance can be off often but just using a walking stick made this trail SUPER easy!

Nice hike with beautiful vistas. The initial descent from the parking lot is simple, but the way back is harder than it look, and several people were panting hard. Don’t rush!

Beautiful and unique scenery. Did this hike with a group of six plus a little dog. This was back in the winter and we kept shedding and putting back on layers. Excellent work out while you enjoy the views and company.

Really fun trail with an amazing view of mountains and goats! Some things to keep in mind though:
- the sandy trail gets really hot really fast so if you have a pup you should probably be done by noon to avoid burnt paws (It’s about 3.5 hour hike with breaks and the meadow trip)
- the bugs come with the afternoon heat (bring spray)
- road is a little rough coming in; definitely manageable in most cars but just be ready for it!

Overall is a great hike for when you are in the area!

The drive up in my opinion will need an SUV and I might need to get new suspension after that road. But it was a great hike! If you are wanting to see Cirque Lake, I suggest you leave your packs down in the meadow. That part of the trail is difficult. But as my daughter said..”we did it”. Definitely would recommend!

Strenuous hike to the summit and back down around the back, almost all in the sun. But you get the tough part over with fast and get to walk along the river trail the rest of the way. Took a nice dip in the water. Bring more water than you think you need

Amazing! Make sure your dog has booties if it’s hot. Just went two days ago and there are no mosquitoes.

This was a nice trail, we started at Tumalo Creek trail and arrived st the visitors parking area to a great view of falls from a distance. I was tired but wanted to get closer and possibly underneath but didn’t do it. Hopefully before we leave I’d like to get to the visitor area on top of falls!

We got on the trail at 6 am on a hundred degree day and we finished about 9:30. you can do it much faster but we relaxed a while at the top. I have a great fear of heights so I also took longer than most people on the trail today. But, I faced my fear and went. I am so glad I did. However, if I were to do it again I would go clockwise along the river and up to the top and come back the same way. not nearly as steep and not the long dropoffs along the trail as going the counter clockwise part first.

Beautiful hike with wildflowers, butterflies, and beautiful alpine scenery. The mosquitos and flies weren’t that bad, I got maybe 4-5 bites. A lot of fun optional hikes to the glacial pool, upper meadow, and Wasco Lake. There are several dispersed campsites with fire rings on little side trails when you turn off the loop towards 3FJ. Over half of the loop hike is exposed and gets hot in the direct sunlight. The trail gets busy with dayhikers, peak hours seems to be 11-2.

I am just starting to get into hiking by myself and it was the perfect length and such beautiful falls!

The wild flowers are in full bloom and smell amazing...
best hike yet...if you can hike past the glacier to the viewpoint ..the very top ...you will not be disappointed!

Super fun and easy trail with a great rewarding view! My personal favorite part of this hike was walking through the lava rock and walking up to the Lower Falls. I wouldn't recommend this hike for smaller children only because in the beginning of the trail there are a lot of rocks and a major tripping hazard for the little ones. Beautiful hike all around and one I will definitely be visiting again!

This is my second favorite hike of all time. While misery ridge is a bit miserable, the views are well worth it. We did the full loop and really enjoyed the leisurely hike down.

Fantastic hike, you can walk almost directly underneath the waterfall!

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