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snowshoeing
10 hours 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!

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snow
17 hours ago

Did this trail on 1/20. Not enough snow for snowshoeing, but you absolutely need crampons or shoes with fabulous traction on ice. There are several areas where you're walking at a steep incline on ice.

The scenery was beautiful.

The trail is a nice introduction to snowshoeing. Very well marked trail. In winter is actually about 5 miles since you have to start at the SnoPark. Just too crowded for my taste.

I absolutely loved hiking this trail, ended up hiking almost 13 miles to see the entire thing! So many beautiful waterfalls and you get to walk behind 4 of them which was incredible!! I highly recommend!!!

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muddy
rocky
1 day ago

This loop is not 4 miles, it’s more like 5.5! It was a great trail and I highly recommend it but if you were hoping for only 4 miles, you’ll be sad! Winter time is great, saw lots of waterfalls and not a lot of people out for a Saturday.

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muddy
2 days ago

great trail with an amazing beach at the end. I did it on a very rainy and windy day. the trail was super muddy. I'll need to come back on a much warmer much sunnier day.

This was a great hike. it was rainy and windy but there was no one else around.
The trail itself was muddy (as of Jan 18 2019) but it wasnt anything anyone who wanted to experience this place would regret.
I do see a lot of people who complain about roots growing up in the trail. I don't mind ot one bit, but those who do probably won't like this trail.

This trail was close to 13 miles from the Bonneville trailhead. Most of the trail is on the moderate side of hard, except the final maybe 1/2 mile push up the Butte, but the trail is road size width. My alltrails app has been malfunctioning past couple of hikes. You walk around and to the south. At the Carpenter lake/PCT/ Table Mountain/ Two chiefs trails you go onto the Carpenter lake Trail and follow it to the west side of the lake ( you can also get to table mountain and cedar creek mountain via Aldrich Butte, but I am unaware of the trail conditions at this time. On the table Mountain hike from this route you would have to cross cedar creek, which is pretty raging this time of year) where the trail veers and goes up hill. The last part up to the butte is long and steep. Great views of the gorge and hardy ridge from the top of Aldrich Butte. On the carpenter Lake trail there is a sketch bridge, the trail is overgrown and not very well kept. It looks like not many people hike this trail since the closure of the hot springs. Also lots of knew debris on the PCT since the recent wind storms. Wind gusts were reported at up to 80mph at crown point in the gorge on 1/14/19 and on the weather apps it said North Bonneville was 25mph. My moving time was 6hrs 30 mins and total time was close to 8 hours. I started at 5:30am in the dark and finished at 1:11pm. Saw no people the Entire hike until I was finishing and close to the Bonnevile/ PCT/ Bridge of the Gods trail junctions, a woman and her leashed pup. No cars in the parking lot when I started and 3 other cars in the lot when I finished. One bathroom stall was open this week. Trail parking area and trash were clean. You do need a NW forrest pass, national parks pass or $5/day parking pass to park here. If doing a day pass you can pay at the trailhead or pay and print online.

Such a beautiful hike on a crisp winter morning I recommend this hike to anyone! So many beautiful waterfalls

Beautiful and scenic hike to do in the winter time; but the difficulty level goes from easy to moderate when there’s snow and ice.
A “must try” hike, when snow has fallen!
Micro spikes or something similar highly suggested!

we did this trail on Jan. 12 under gorgeous blue skies and a warm breeze from the south. it felt like June! we saw 2 whales and several commercial crabbing boats. there was some thick mud over a small portion of the trail but it was manageable in trail running shoes. we did see some people in pristine Chuck Taylors starting on as we were headed back. not a good shoe choice.

we started from the campground and hiked up the North trail and hooked into this trail. the cape trail is very heavily trafficked on a weekend making our favorite trail the North trail.

we did this trail Jan. 12, 2019 and we were blessed with amazing clear blue skies. The trail would be good for kids 8+. For being the middle of winter, the trails were in wonderful condition. so nice that it felt like the middle of summer. I wore trail running shoes and did just fine.

hiking
7 days ago

We did this hike late on a gorgeous winter day. Made it to the lookout just as sunset arrived. I would rate the trail easy, but there are several very muddy areas, and a lot of roots to navigate. We did it with two kids and a small dog. The traffic as we were going out was fairly heavy. The elevation change wasn’t bad, but much of the return trip is uphill. The views are worthwhile, but there is some work to get back to the trailhead. Very enjoyable!

You absolutely need traction devices on your boots. We passed person who fell and possibly broke a arm. It's a ice trail over rocks and tree roots so I recommend two treking poles to help prevent tripping, snow shoes that don't have a aggressive track on the side won't get a good bite over rocks. There was a back up at the boulder field from unprepared hikers without traction devices. My wife used micro spikes by Kahtoola I used ice trekkers diamond grippers by yaktraks. If cost if a factor check and for kids check out Stabilgear brand of microspikes at P-rkrose hardware for $19.

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snow
8 days ago

This was a great trail! We rented crampons which are better than Microspikes per the recommendation of Mountain Shop. The rental price was 10. Some fellow hikers did not have equipment and were sliding or slipping. Happy hiking!

Did this during a wind storm on 7 December 2018. Reversing the route gave a much steeper ascent and is not recommend. Some of the trail is still beautiful, some waterfalls are amazing, but the essential beauty of several segments was lost to the fire.

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snow
8 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!

My girlfriend and I went on a beautiful day hike with plenty of sun and 40º+ weather. Overall, we enjoyed the hike. Here are some facts and opinions: You follow the Clackamas River most of the entire way, the sound is never far away. The road is about the same. Powerlines are also there to say hello several times throughout the way. The old growth groves are impressive and there are also a couple other tree groves that you'll go in and through along the way that make for nice variation. The hike is just moderate by any non-paved standard. There are several nice little falls along the way, with the big one at the end being the finale. They are nice and pretty, but definitely not "more impressive than Multnomah Falls".

We did find a few poo'bags but besides that it was appreciably trash free. Some mud on the trail, nothing crazy... but white tennis shoes will get a taste of the wild.

Overall, I recommend this hike as somewhere to go to explore and not be too picky about everything always being perfect.

Got there later in the afternoon so thankfully we missed all the tourist hikers.
Great for my 2 year old but again just too popular of a site to go more than once every few years.

Some overgrowth once you hit the power towers, love that you're walking right along the hillside often.
You get a clear view of The Narrows but once at the falls you don't got much of an area besides standing to look.
The best place is .3 before the falls when you cross the Creek on those rocks.
All in all good for those wanting to try more than 'easy' but in my experience the ending wasn't too grand.

My first Oregon trail to hike. Really pretty Hike with a gorgeous waterfall at the end. Hiked this trail in September. Perfect weather that day

Great hike, tons of waterfalls. Beautiful scenery despite scorched landscape at certain points.

snowshoeing
13 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 .

Gorgeous hike but microspikes are a must if you go during this time of year.

beautiful even in the winter. highly recommend microspikes.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful beautiful hike!

beautiful views await you on this trail - however, there are slippery spots and microspikes are highly recommended!!

Kids enjoyed the hike and played in the snow.

snowshoeing
15 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.

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