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hiking
2 days ago

Tough hike but well worth it. Bring plenty of water.

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

I would recommend this trail for anyone looking for an easy hike/walk. Good for dogs and kids. It was quite muddy and there were 3 creek crossings of increasing difficulty. Nothing that takes a daredevil but your feet may get wet. The weather was great and the falls were beautiful!

Went with my best friend Monday afternoon around 3, took our time and ended up hiking back to car in the dark. Well worth it, just make sure you have flashlights or prepare unlike us and go earlier. I cant wait to go back when it’s warmer and go swimming.

Climbed this one in the winter. Definitely need a 4x4 and snow chains to make it to the TH. Recommended to have knowledge of avalanche safety for the winter route, as there are 3-4 hazardous areas of crossing. Overall, a fair bank for your buck.

Plenty of parking, pretty muddy. But pretty

hiking
12 days ago

Hard to say the actual length of trail as there are loops and tunnels leading off the main trail. We parked at a car at the top and bottom and walked all the way down from the top. Beautiful and full of history, much of the trail buries old track. Neat experience for sure

Hiked today (Jan-5, Sat), arrived around 11am, there is not much parking but was plenty of space today, not a high season. Trail is easy and in a pretty good condition, muddy sometimes, but nothing bad. Main challenge was the Hannan Creek crossing near the falls. There is a fork and loop on the second part of the trail, you can go left or right, both trails go to the falls. I took the left trail and that was a mistake, creek crossing on the left side was worse than on the right, it was not easy to cross without getting wet. There are some logs and rocks but pretty slippery and you have to jump. I wish I had my poles with me just for this crossing, left mine in the car for this easy hike.

My suggestion - take the right trail, there is a crashed car right after the fork, so you will know what place I am talking about. Creek crossing is smaller on this side and there is a big tree over it, which you can use for easy crossing. Then after the falls you can try the other side of the trail to go back, if you can’t make the crossing there, it’s not far at all to return and go back the same way. And, as I mentioned, poles will be helpful for creek crossing. Unless you are fine with wading through the creek and get wet.

One of the best places in the US to visit

hiking
18 days ago

The hike wasn’t too bad for someone who isn’t very athletic like myself. It was just very long so prepare for that! My boyfriend and I went out today for my birthday and we wore many layers but ended up getting drenched in rain water, river water (you have to cross many, some can get up to mid calf in depth) and ended up turning around before we actually reached Goat Lake because we were worried we wouldn’t make it back before sundown. We hiked Lower Elliot on the way to the lake and Upper Elliot on the way back.. which we recommend because taking Upper Elliot back allows you to descend most of the time. Our advice: wear rain boots in the rainy seasons, dress in layers, maybe bring food because of how long the hike is (took us 4+ hours and remember we didn’t even make it to the lake), and start out early so you can take your time!

A perfect day to start off the New Year 2019, gorgeous views, perfect day to hike...conditions were awesome.

Once in a lifetime, must see and do hike!!!! There’s nothing more to say about this place.

One of the most beautiful places on earth.

nature trips
25 days ago

this trail is great to hike. it's an easy flowing trail with very little steeps. covered in foresty trees and a fun broken down car thats become apart of the trail itself as well. The water fall itself was beautiful and peaceful. Unfortunately the trail road itself heading back was difficult to determine for us, it took us awhile to head back because we missed a turn, wish there were better markings to get back on the trail. All in all it was a very peaceful hike. We did this hike sometime in the beginning of January 2017.

In terms of day hikes, this one is was tough. Bring water

hiking
28 days ago

Passed about 6 people on the trail today. There are 2 places where crossing the stream/river could be a bit tricky, let’s just say waterproof boots can only do so much when the water is above your ankles. Overall, it was easy and well maintained, just plan better than I did for the water - 2.5 miles in soggy, loudly squishing boots isn’t the most fun.

hiking
29 days ago

We did this hike on 12/22 and started at around 10:30 AM. The lower gate was open but the second gate was closed. We were the only car parked at the second gate and could tell from the foot prints that there were only two other people in front of us going up the road. The snow starts on the road about mid way between the first and second gate and covers the ground all the way up to the top.

The hike itself is great. Fresh deep powder all the way up. Beautiful scenes the entire way. It is cold though you will need good winter/snow gear.

When we arrived at the top we found the tower was boarded up and closed. There was a small opening at the bottom of the door so we crawled in and found the other two people that had went up that day. They told us that earlier in the morning the lower gate had been closed as well so they had to make the climb from the Heather Lake parking area.

The top was beautiful but very windy and quite cold so be prepared.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice day heading up to Goat Lake. There is some snow on the trail but not deep or icy. Road is very potholed on the way to trail but manageable. Hike was very pretty, beautiful forest and Mountain View’s and pretty easy going.

A beautiful waterfall. There are a few fallen trees and branches along the way from the windstorm but you’re still able to get around. The trail is still well maintained. Saw a good amount of people on the way to the falls and back. Once you get close to the falls there is a stream you have to cross yet the water was too high without some proper water shoes. We were able to climb across a fallen tree to get to the other side. I’d recommend this to friends

1 month ago

12/8/18
Took the lower trail out and upper trail back. Definitely recommend taking both trails as on the lower you get views of the river and upper you get better views of the mountains. Upper trail is a bit longer so be prepared for that if you use it for the way back. Both are well maintained and it's a fairly easy hike.
The lake is absolutely stunning and views of the mountains and waterfalls won't disappoint!
Still now snow cover as of date above, although some icy spots during stream crossings. Mountain loop highway has no snow as well. Dirt portion is in a bit of rough shape so low cars might struggle with all the pot holes.

hiking
1 month ago

Did the old trail up and new trail down on Friday 12/07. This past week the weather was amazing so the hike was great. Started hitting light snow about 3,400 feet which increased with elevation.
Was all packed down though some parts were a little icy. I went without spikes or poles which would have been nice but not a necessity yet. The old trail up was definitely a challenge. I made it to the mailbox in 1:50 so I was hauling. The way down on the new trail took about 2:25 as I was taking my time but could definitely be done faster. Very rewarding hike!!

Did this hike today, no snow, very flat, just really long. There were a couple of little creeks to pass over, nothing crazy. We didn't finish the hike, it would have been dark by the time we got back and we waited to be leaving before it got dark. I would definitely plan on leaving earlier next time. Only saw a few people didn't seem to be a very popular hike but it was very well kept, looked like it was recently serviced! Other than a few potholes on the way up the road to the trailhead and our poor time management it was a pretty nice hike.

We did this hike on Sunday 12/2 between 10am-2pm, the actual road to the hike was uphill and lots of potholes in the beginning but it does get better and turn into an actual road closer to the top of the trail. Snow on the entire trail, gets a bit deeper closer to the top about 1 inch of snow. Not very crowded, saw more people as we were coming down than going up. The last section of the hike is like a mini rock climb to get to the tower you have to climb up some rocks and then climb the ladder to the tower, bring good snow gear if you plan on going to the very top at this time very cold and icy! Great hike overall, one of our favorites. Bring northwest forest pass!!

First half of the trail has a marked path and is cleared fairly well. Once it splits the trail can get muddy and narrow in points, but we were hiking in november. There's definitely a few wet areas to cross so need to make good shoe decisions if you plan on hiking off season. The final creek crossing before the falls has a tree to crawl over or a 1' deep swift, cold, fast moving wet path - took our shoes off and carried the 7 year old over and let the 10 year old crawl the tree.

Beautiful hike with well-maintained trails. Signage to Cerry Creek Falls now well posted. The falls are worth the hike, in any weather.

Very challenging hike. There's other more beautiful hikes in the area, but the workout is worth it for this one.

Once again a great hike with absolutely beautiful destinations! Sadly there seem to be more people not taking their trash and other items out with them. Some people left behind an air mattress, shoes, dirty clothes, bottles, cans and other trash. if you hike it in, hike it out or don’t bother going. It is a disgrace that some humans ruin things for others. I would agree that if you were going to have your belongings packed into the canyon for you that you should use the helicopter. There are still several horses and mules along the route that had bleeding saddle sores and other injuries. That stuff aside, it’s a place worth checking out if you are lucky enough to get a permit.

This was the most fun I have ever had. climbing down a cave then realizing I have to climb down using chains and then there's a huge ladder thats wet from the mist of the most beautiful waterfall. I faced my fear of heights. then we take the trail and get to take off our shoes and socks and make our way across the water not once but 3 times on this hike (and 3 times on the way back) when it seemed to never end we got to those final ladders to get up top above Beaver Falls and that feeling you get is just so worth the hike. Amazing view. Amazing feels.
Not ok for kids, adults only

There was a lot of snow on road and one map said we were at trail. We decided to park and hike the road to trailhead. 2.5 miles we finally got to trail head. It was a pretty hike in the snow even on the road. It was getting dark so we decided wouldn’t have enough time to do the hike, with walking down road with the cars that still needed to come down. Snow was deep as we got higher. We had spikes so they helped walking the road.

It was a beautiful hike in the snow even though we didn’t make to trail.

The falls are truly a hidden gem! Great hike for kids. I’ve taken my 4 year old twice this year, once during summer and the falls didn’t have much water but still made for a perfect picnic lunch spot. And once this weekend, which after the rain it was a tad muddy however the falls were roaring and gorgeous! We even saw some salmon In the pond!

Night time hiking trying to break mountaineering boots in. Not a good idea I advise everyone not to try but I did it anyways. This is not my only time going up to check the mail. For as close as a fun hike it is it’s wonderful for conditioning! Old trail up and down this time. The new trail down is about the same time as the old if you do some ruining.

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