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Crazy 360 views of distant mountains, lava rocks, and forest. Observatory made of lava rock and the trails are short and easy walk.

Hike for any level hiker! Beautiful waterfall that you can hike right to the base of the fall for spectacular photos.

Great hike. There are certain steep bits but overall it isn’t too bad. The end of the hike marked on the map is nice, but if you want great views continue along the unmaintained trail along the ridge. There’s spectacular views of broken top and no name lake at broken foot an additional 1.5-2 miles further.

easy and fun

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail! I took my dog with me and she loved it! The best part was the part leading up to the creek. Its so beautiful out there! I will definitely be returning.

Great short hike. Really easy. You start walking through the forest for a bit, then through some volcanic rock fields, then end up at lower proxy falls. Lower proxy is the larger of the two falls and the path off the main loop to its base can require some scrambling around fallen trees and rocks, but is nothing too challenging. Upper proxy is great as well, there was a giant pool of water at the bottom when we arrived, so in order to really see it clearly we had to climb up a path to the right when facing the falls. You could do this loop in 30-45 minutes straight, but you’ll probably want to stop and enjoy the waterfalls. We stayed on the loop for 1.5 hrs.

there are so many amazing views and photo opportunity on this trail. Be prepared for a climb, but this is a well marked and we'll worth it hike. Just breath taking.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice hike with beautiful views. We were afraid the smoke would ruin the views but we lucked out. Only drawback are the tons of yellow jackets. I am allergic so I’m probably more aware then others but they were at the trailhead, on the trail and at the top

hiking
14 days ago

this was such a fun trail dispite the fact that the opal pools were not quite as impressive as I was lead to believe. still very pretty. nice easy trail. the kids gave up about mile 4 though so unless you got some energetic kids with some hiking enthusiasm I wouldn't recommend it. jawbone flats is pretty cool I had no idea that was there. the path is mostly gravel road except for 1.3 miles that is good trail type trail. lots and lots of huckleberries this time of year.

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail
It was a smoky day
Can’t wait to go back on a clear days
Lots of scenic mtn views

Pick the whole thing or a section. It’s all great. Evenings are my favorite

Although we did not make it to the Little Three Creek Lake I have a little feedback about the area and beginning of the hike. First of all the written directions of leaving from the parking lot at the beginning of the Driftwood campground turnoff appear to be a good choice for people new to this hike. The trail was well marked and to the left/West of the parking area. Within a few hundred yards there is a fork with the trail to the right going North to the Tree (sp?) Creek Horses area and the fork to the left goint to Little Three Creek Lake (presumably). There was a sign indicating this. ***The route shown on Alltrails has the trailhead between Tree (sp?)Creek Horses and Three Creek Meadows. This does NOT correspond with the trail details and directions. If I had known this it might have made for a more successful hike.During Labor Day weekend there was the expected high level of activity at the campgrounds and parking lots. Overall this is a very pretty area and I look forward to coming back.

Great trail, very easy. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
19 days ago

This hike is not worth it unless you go to the bottom of the falls and the "trail" to get down there is sketchy, but the waterfall is beautiful. The view of the waterfall at the end of the regular trail is not really a good one.

Beautiful opal waters

Good day hike for my kid and dog. Lots of PCT hikers this time of year!

Easy trail with stunning views once you reach the falls. We loved every inch of it.

hiking
27 days ago

A great day hike for the average day hiker. Although a little Smokey, it offered some nice Mountain View’s.

hiking
28 days ago

Awesome hike ! Wish somebody would have said it was 6 miles of driving on gravel road because we popped a tire on the way down ... oof ... but other than that it was a really cool hike ! The natural water slide at the end was so cool. Maybe if they could put up more signs pointing to where to go to that would be helpful because we got a little confused.

Nice easy hike. A little difficult to find, but worth the hike to see the beautiful streams full of native rainbow trout. The lake is very clear and pristine. I will go again!

Lovely waterfall - must walk down at trails end to be at the bottom of the falls. Beautiful

1 month ago

So did this hike with co-workers. The app says it's an easy hike. it is not! More like moderate is how I would describe it. Over a gravel road and up and down spots. But that being said it is beautiful!!! All the little trails you can go off to see the waterfalls and the most beautiful pools of water ever!! Jawbone Flats is so cool!!! Here's the moderate part of the hike.... the 1.3 mls from Jawbone is a very narrow rocky and better watch out for the tree roots trail. But I am telling you the end results is totally worth it!! I would do it again!!!

Short easy-moderate hike with breathtaking views. Great for kids and lots of shady spots on top for picnics. Well worth the morning.

on Opal Creek Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Was great for swimming and hiking, I did it with 3 kids 14, 8, 6, water was beautiful and clear. Got there early and the parking lot was half full after we got back it was jam packed. Overall it was a really great hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

What an amazing hike,
Theres a huge Creek and such geometrical forms on the trail,
It was the perfect weather and great sunrise to watch

Took us a little while to find the trailhead because we accidentally passed it and were looking past the campgrounds. The trailhead is right next to the first place you can get a wilderness pass. There's a second spot by the campgrounds which we made the mistake of going to. The trail was beautiful, just hard enough but not too hard and the view was amazing. Very busy trail though, lots of people to pass and let pass.

on Opal Creek Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! GO EARLY if you want peace, quiet, and tranquility. We encountered a lot of large loud groups on our way out late morning. Trail is moderately easy but do recommend good shoes as it is long. Forest is stunning and the water crystal clear!

hiking
1 month ago

Panoramic view at the top was spectacular and only took about an hour to hike up. Definitely a good way to spend some time.

Loved it

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it

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