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hiking
14 hours ago

It was awesome, minus the mosquitos! We forgot bug repellent so that is on us. We plan to do this one again soon.

hiking
2 days ago

Great family hike. The third lake is definitely the best! Beautiful view almost the entire hike.

Pretty tough hike, but you can fly down in the return. amazing views at the top. Fairly exposed for the top two miles so wear sunscreen. Bring at least two water bottles and some sort of food. No snow now. saw only two other hikers on the bottom section.

Good climb. Clocked 2100 ft. Trail is clear but a little overgrown in parts. Every shade of green, light on wildflowers but you will see some. View at the top is pretty. There are more impressive views in the West Cascades, but having seen many, this was a great trail to explore.

Gorgeous views, and solidarity one year post Whitewater Fire. With the Whitewater Trail closed, I expected to see more people hiking this trail as an alternative. Strenuous hike, continuous incline the entire time. We turned around after 4.5 miles because we were not as strong as we thought! The views of Mt Jefferson and wildflowers were stunning and worth the workout! Would love to hike further next time to access the lakes.

It was a great hike! Did it with a 20 lb pack and it wasn’t too bad (I’m new to hiking) The trail is maintained very well and the lake is beautiful from every angle. Plan to do again and hammock out over night!

Hiked this as a day hike. Up and back in 5 hours is doable but definitely a leg burner. Amazing views, the lake is perfect. First few miles are through the pole creek fire aftermath. Once you get through that the hike gets better and scenery improves.

Did this last Saturday. Fantastic hike! I started at the Hand Lake trail at the Scott Lake campground and went counterclockwise. The summit had amazing views of the three sisters, Mount Washington, Mount Jefferson, and even Mount Hood was peeking over!

I did lose the trail in the snow a couple times on Scott Mountain just before the spur that brings you to the summit.

The only issue was the mosquitoes. Definitely pack some bug spray. I didn’t and they were *brutal*—so bad I decided to skip the spur to Benson Lake near the end of the hike. Guess I’ll have to come back!

backpacking
7 days ago

Perfect conditions right now on the trail but almost 3/4ths is covered in loose rock so wear some supported shoes. Did this backpacking up to Scout Lake and it wasn’t crazy strenuous, just long. Took us about 4:30 to get up with some stops. If you’re looking to camp up, spots do fill up but Great Lake views! Loved it!

What a wonderful hike. Elevation gain was easy so not sure this hard except for the length of hike. Mosquitoes were fierce! Be prepared!!!

Great trail if you love waterfalls - in the end I forgot to count how many I saw.

Highway 242 is always closed in winter, so certainly this trail is only appropriate for June-October. Plenty of snow to cross in July. Many mosquitos. The views are magnificent without too much of a grunt or elevation gain. Would hike again. :)

I thought this trail was incredible there was a lot of different scenery. First part is mostly all uphill. Just past the halfway point the trail is hard to find. You can cross over a fallen tree and get onto the trail there. Do early to avoid crowds.

Beautiful trail . 3 waterfalls in the first mile. Shady Forrest most of the way. Very few hikers. Great views of the river and waterfalls.

it was stunning..start early the parking lot is packed

hiking
12 days ago

Some patches of snow once you hike down in to Jefferson park but manageable without yak traks. Beautiful area with multiple lakes! So worth the hike. Did it as a day hike but next time would love to backpack and actually camp

Super steep but very fun!

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike with Golden Retrievers (on leash) in July. Start early - this is a popular trail. You’ll need mosquito repellant!

Bring $5 for a pass in the parking area, and don’t forget to get a free backcountry permit at the trailhead.

In the winter we hiked the road which was closed. In the summer went from Skyliner to Happy Valley and back. Beautiful in any season!

hiking
14 days ago

Bad ass hike would give it 5 stars but the opal creek wilderness is gonna reclaim this hidden gem since no one has performed trail maintenance in years

hiking
14 days ago

I have done this hike probably close to 10 times. I use it as a conditioning hike to prepare for S Sisters or St Helens because of the length and elevation gain. I checked the distance today with Map my Hike app and the distance from the top of Dome Rock to parking lot on Hwy 22 was just over 5 miles making round trip just over 10. Great hike for getting in shape.

Just did this hike. I started at the Hand Lake Trailhead via Scott Lake. I went counter clockwise passing by Hand Lake first to give myself more shade and water for the second half. I ran into quite a bit of snow before reaching the junction to head up Scott Mountain, it was still manageable though. I had to bushwack my way up Scott Mountain due to a lot of snow on the north side. From Tenas Lakes back down the Benson Lake trail to Scott Lake, the trail is clear of snow. All in all it was a beautiful hike. The view from the top of Scott Mountain is spectacular. Mosquitoes were THICK! Bring spray.

I highly recommend this hike but make sure you do it on a clear day to enjoy the views. One of my favorite day hikes for sure. Here's a little help getting there:
The trail is located on Forest Road NF-2234 off of Highway 22. If traveling from the North it will be the next road on the right after Marion Forks. If traveling from the South it will be the next left after Straight Cr Rd. Follow 2234 until you see a “Pavement Ends” sign. Take a sharp right after the sign. Follow the gravel road until you reach road 260. This road will be on the left after the four-way intersection. The trailhead is slightly up 260 on the right.

hiking
18 days ago

This trail was a lot of fun! The views of the waterfalls got better the farther we went.

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

One of my favorites in the area, and today was no different. Just small patches of snow left here and there. Mosquitoes were in full force - I forgot the bug spray and got destroyed.

Training to climb Kilimanjaro at the end of the year and looking for good training hikes. This one was a good one for that. not too long, but steady and constant elevation gain, rocky trail and beautiful view at the top. It's a great feeling when there is no more up until you remember the down is probably harder on tired legs. That was definitely the case on this trail.

Saturday morning and only one other couple on the trail. Definitely coming back to this one!

One of my favorite hikes of Central Oregon, this is my 7th time hiking it! pretty easy hike. Starts along the creek by some beautiful waterfalls and makes it's way to the base of south sister. Makes good trail running if your up for it. very pretty!

Still heavy patches of snow 5 miles in. We probably could have mushed through it to the top but the snow and thunderstorms moving in got us to turn around.

hiking
25 days ago

The approach isn't that interesting - a walk along the river with only occasional views, but the basin around Green Lake is lovely. In mid-June there were still a few snow patches but easily negotiable.

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