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This was a moderate hike with a gradual ascend up to the lake. I was just up there yesterday and there are sooo many huckleberries along the trail. Too cloudy to see Mt. Hood but still a peaceful and beautiful lake.

This is my second time on the Kings Mountain trail, my husband runs the Elk-Kings route routinely. The beginning of the trail is covered in majestic ferns and the end in wildflowers and views of Mt Hood and Coastal Range. One is deep within the forest almost to the top and this is why we felt it would be safe to take along our very energetic 5 year old. To our surprise he made it to the summit within 2.5h with lots of breaks and a picnic on the way up (and down). The trail itself has a lot of scree so he held onto us for those sections. He did fantastic scrambling. He was equipped with proper shoes and a vest. For a strong single kid with two parents to mind them this is certainly feasible.

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1 day ago

We knew going in that it would/could be a crowded trail, since we were going on a Sunday. My boyfriend and I arrived around 1 and finished the whole thing at 4:30. Not as crowded as expected. Great hiking weather. All around great time.

hiking
2 days ago

This trail is amazing! Doing the entire 8.7 mile long loop took me about 4 hours w/ stopping frequently for photos. The first loops of the trail are heavily trafficked but if you continue past the Winter Falls loop there is only light traffic. There are areas that are slightly steep but not a lot of elevation gain overall. The falls are beautiful!

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike but very rainy day. Was not prepared and did not bring trekking poles. We got to within half a mile of the summit and turned back when the wind kicked up and light hailing started. Will return soon to finish and possibly do the elk loop. On the way down I felt we didn’t need trekking poles tho they would have made it safer. Even with very wet conditions and proper shoes, our footing was solid. Got passed several times on the way down by gazelle like trail runners.

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5 days ago

Awesome Hike, highly recommended!

It’s in the shade and gorgeous! Saw South Falls and Lower South Falls.

Very nice hike, with beautiful scenery. A lot of people were not very friendly and didn't smile, something we are not used to. It was nice to see Rep. Adam Schiff on the hike, that was very exciting. My wife and I enjoyed the hike and will definitely be back soon. We will most likely rent a cabin to make it more memorable....

Must see! My 8 year old did this hike and loved it! Will be going back in the spring for sure.

There are several unwritten side trails from the Neahkahnie headland. From the parking area on Hwy 101, descend toward Short Sands and look for a side trail on the left, about 200 yards from the parking. Welcome to the Neahkahnie Punchbowl! From here there are numerous side trails all over the headland. I like the one that traverses uphill to a heavily wooded cliff with outstanding ocean views, but watch your step. These trails continue across the headland to more views on the south side before looping back to the parking area. There are additional scramble trails that start further up the highway by climbing over a wall and descending toward the surf, but be very careful as these are not maintained and can be very thick with overgrowth.

absolutely awesome. well worth the full hike of all 10 falls. bring snacks and water as its almost a full 8 miles especially if you need a bathroom break

Well trafficked but absolutely gorgeous waterfalls. Best in spring or early summer. By July the Winter Falls were dry. Great swimming holes, bring your suit and have a dip if it’s hot.

Since the Eagle Creek fire I've been on the hunt for trails that felt similar to my beloved Columbia River Gorge. Silver Falls is unique offering family safe hiking that allows you to experience several massive falls in a relatively short loop. I loved being able to go behind the falls and actually touch the roaring spray. The views are stunning. If you go during the hottest months bring plenty of water. I visited in early July and some brave teens hiked down to the water. The water was far too cold for me to swim but if the trail gets too hot go ahead and jump in. Be careful when you plan your trip because it is a very popular tourist attraction. The weekends get crowded. There is a cafe, interactive center, gift shop and bathrooms on site. There are also picnic tables if you choose to pack your own lunch.

hiking
14 days ago

Stunning views but busy in the summer.

Great hike! Easy hike for the whole family. Today was the beginning of a holiday and very crowded. Get there early and get a good parking spot. Like another poster said, start from the South Falls parking lot !

hiking
16 days ago

This was one of the most amazing hikes I have ever completed. The views are definitely earned but amazing!!!

The flies on the way up is the only negative to this trail.

And directions to help the next: go to Romona Falls cross bridge, go on timberline Rt up the hill and you will find the junction for the yocum ridge trail.

hiking
16 days ago

Came out to go backpacking, but once I got to the top I realized I probably wasn't going to be able to pitch a tent anywhere comfortably.

You are in the trees most of the way with a steady incline all the way to the top. Once there, the view is amazing.

One note for other hikers is that there were a lot of flies on the hike and especially at the top, so it would be good to be prepared for that.

Only challenging in a few spots and absolutely beautiful throughout the trip!

hiking
19 days ago

Hiked the 7+ mile loop for the second time with friends from Ohio. The weather was perfect, the trail was dry and the trail was not too busy for a Thursday. The only downside, this time of year the water flows is low, so not as much water going over the falls. We did it in just over 3 hours.

hiking
20 days ago

such an amazing hike! I loved being in the rainforest setting and getting to see all those waterfalls, as someone from Kansas, was so fucking legit!!

hiking
21 days ago

Tougher hike, but worth the views! Left around 8:45am, and got to resting place on the ridge around 1:15pm. Chilled till 2:00, and then got back to our car around 5:40pm. Bugs never bothered us, but they were everywhere. Unless we were on the wrong path, there is some snow at the base of the ridge that covers the path, we went up and around but think going under the snow is the better decision. We will be back to camp towards the top!

Easily completed with a little dog in tow. Trail is well marked and the views from the top are life-altering. We got hit with a storm as we reached the summit and the wind was a bit treacherous from the top but well worth it. Watch for whales!

Cons: the bugs and severity in which you will get swarmed, mostly wooded with little views along the way (except for crowded Romona). Pros: well worth the woods walk, not very crowded past Romona, incredible view at the top. I camped up in the meadow because the other campsites even further up just didn’t have as great as the view as the first one in the meadow to your right. But wow. Super beautiful.

hiking
22 days ago

i went early (just after 6am) and went in from the north falls location. The trail is very well maintained and definitely the easier side of moderate if you're somewhat active of a person. We enjoyed a lot of tomfoolery and lollygagging and turned it into a 10mile, 6hr hike but so worth taking the time to stop and enjoy everything and take a few breaks for the people less accustom to hiking in my group. the codes were great, very few areas had any issues as far as overgrowth etc. I will say that if you're going to actually enjoy nature go Early! towards the end of the hike there were a lot of younger folk who were trampling off trail and getting down screaming in the water under some of the falls and very little trail etiquette. I will definitely go again.

Beautiful old growth forest some of the greatest waterfalls you’ll ever see. Great hiking trails. Trails get slippery when it rains and they can be snow covered in the winter. The waterfalls are beautiful in the winter if you can get to them. Safety is a concern on the trails when there is snow. If planning on camping you need to get spaces weeks or months ahead of time. Camp sites are crowded and close together. There are cabins and yurts, but you need to plan months ahead to get any of them. There are horse camps, bike trails, summer camps, family camps, picnicking, swimming, special events- civil war reenactments, history lectures and space to get away and be by yourself. There are spaces large enough to play football or baseball. The hike around the falls is the big attraction. The hike is easy with a few steep spots, but do to the length of the hike it should be and is listed as a moderate level hike. You can drive to several of the falls and take short hikes to see them. This is the largest state park in Oregon. Be sure to bring your camera to get pictures of the falls, wildflowers and old growth forest. A great place to build family memories.

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22 days ago

Just amazing! Great for families and the views are breathtaking!

hiking
24 days ago

We just did this one a few weeks ago. We meant to take the shorter loop by cutting off that panhandle but missed the turn and ended up doing the whole thing in about 3.5 hours. It was beautiful. A bit crowded but it was a gorgeous weekend so it's to be expected.

Awesome hike. Lots of bugs / flies though, but not too bad if you keep moving. The views from close to Mt Hood are awesome. I did a little extra mileage to hit 20, but it's about 19 miles or so from the parking lot, round trip.

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on Burnt Lake Trail

26 days ago

The trail was fine, but there were so many horseflies thought it was impossible to enjoy it.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful shady hike through the forest. I loved the babbling of the creek through the first section. Even though the map makes it look like a partial loop it really is an out and back—the shortcut trail doesn’t exist that we could tell.

On a clear day this might be a 5 star hike. For us it was partly cloudy so Mt Hood was obscured, which made the lake at the end a little underwhelming. Also there were a ton of mosquitoes up there. Definitely recommend going on a blue sky day.

I’d rate this as moderate rather than hard—carried a baby up and did the whole thing in 3.5 hours including lunch up at the lake, and it was not too hard.

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