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My brother, a niece, a nephew and two girl friends and I set out to do this trail on Aug 9-13th. We stayed that long but didn’t finish the loop. We started at Lava Camp lake trailhead. We started way too late in the day and by brother became overheated to the point of stopping. South Matthieu lake was our stop. We decided to set out to finish the first days 3 miles as well as the second days 10. Needless to say we only made it to Soap Creek. By then I was suffering with many blisters. Instead of continuing on we set up camp and headed back the next morning . *side-note, we should have just continued because the way back was way harder. So we made it back to Matthieu lake for the night and chose the next day to go the other way, PCT. we made it to Minnie SCOTT spring where it was beautiful, butterflies everywhere. We set up camp and set out to see Opie Dilldock Pass and was not disappointed. We hiked out the last day to our finish. I will say everything from Matthieu lake south to past soap creak was nothing but a burn scar and only water at alder creek. When it is hit there is absolutely no sun protection. Lava lake camp trail is also a burn scar. I will do this hike again and finish it. I will start at pole creek or obsidian. I want to see the south end.

I hiked this yesterday, it was a lovely. Coming from the Eugene area, it was a nice getaway, but not something I would drive very far for. The climate this time of year is very dry. Most of the grass and moss at the top of the hill in the clearing was seemingly dead, and the dirt was very dusty. For this reason I suggest wearing good grip shoes and bring a hiking stick if that is available to you.

I recommend using TJ Banker’s directions as they were very clear and accurate - thanks for sharing!
Also just to clarify - when you reach the end of Marcola Rd. where the road forks, near the Shotgun creek map, take the paved road to the right rather than following the road immediately upward.

Happy trails!

nature trips
3 days ago

Absolutely serene, gorgeous, and amazing. Great trail, lots to see, songbirds, and amazing water sights and sounds.

Maybe this was just me, but I had a hard time finding this trailhead. It’s unmarked and beyond a little rock wall and through a fence. The trail through the rocks was kind of hard to notice and from the parking lot, it doesn’t look like there’s an opening in the fence. But you do go up the wall and through the fence, and you first get some nice forest views and then you get to the ridge and get an awesome view of the valley.

This was a great short hike, easy for all

on Sweet Creek Trail

walking
17 days ago

Beautiful!

Beautiful hike. I would suggest getting there by 10 am to beat the crowds. This time of year it was dried up quite a bit so the waterfàlls don't look as powerful. Next time I will go at the very beginning of Sumner.

We hiked the dune trail to Three Mike Lake, taking the longer loop at the beginning. Because of the Sandy Plover we didn’t walk on the beach portion with the pup. Hike ended up being about 7.8 miles. There was thick sand throughout the portion from the main trail to the lake. Went off trail towards the end and through some dune valleys and peaks before scrambling up a dune to reach the rim overlooking the lake. Could hear the ocean, very peaceful, there was no one else out there.

Just beautiful! Loved this trail. Rating seems right, it’s easy! Highly recommend it

I had never hiked this trail before, definitely more challenging than expected. Many small trees on the trail in the first wooded area. The trail is steep in some sections but overall I really enjoyed the hike. Beautiful day and the views where spectacular. I would definitely hike the trail again maybe when the weather is cooler.

hiking
28 days ago

The map displayed in the homestead trailhead suggests that after reaching Sweet Creek Falls one can go east and get to Beaver Creek falls. The trick is that in order to get there, one should cross the creek in Sweet Falls area and take the trail uphill. Of course, one can simply drive south and hike to Beaver Falls from the bridge.

This is one of our favorite trails. We have visited Sweet Creek in every season and it is beautiful every time. Fun to see the water a bit lower so we could explore on the rocks. Parking is limited so arrive before 10:30 am on the weekend.

My friend and I hiked this trail today after a long day hiking Kentucky Falls and then on to the Florence for some RR! I must say that it has been years since we had visited this marvelous little wonder!! It’s funny the beauty you can miss with kids, dogs and too many people. Soooo glad we stopped on our way out!! What a great way to end our day!! It is definitely a “Must Go!!” Next time we will go out to picnic!!
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Great loop hike

Well maintained and great for kids. My 5 and 8 year old nephews loved it and all the waterfalls!

Scenic, great views, but watch out for the poison oak near the cave. We took the dogs and they thoroughly enjoyed it as well

Amazing hike! We started early so it was still a bit cloudy at the top, but we still saw so much beauty. FYI- when the trail looks like it is going to go near the power station and the signage says "No Trespassing", just keep going. You pass on the side. We did a bit of forest walking before we figured this out. lol

This was an amazing trail and my 9 and 11yr olds did outstanding (better than I)
There is poison ivy right on the trail about half way along the hike, right about the cave. The wildflowers are starting out and it was a busy day full of people but none the less... beautiful!

We parked at the upper lot, which is a very short and overgrown trail to the top of the falls.

We were confused when we got to the trailhead because there was separate parking for Homestead and Sweet Creek Falls. We parked at the Sweet Creek Falls lot, which is not the complete trail that is described. It worked out great, though, because today was very busy, and when we got to the falls, there was only another small group there. We back-tracked on the trail towards the Homestead lot (three times as many people there than when we arrived 45 minutes before!) and then made our way back. Lots of small, beautiful waterfalls along the way.

Seemed longer than 6.1 miles.. Not sure where it ended. Came to a point where it was too mucky to continue. Our fitbits and Samsung health both tracked it as being much longer than a total of 6.1 miles.

brilliant! good trail, couple steep spots, amazing views, flowers trees birds beautiful!

Amazing views... SO many flowers! and definitely a workout. If you go to the "end" and back (to the radio tower) its 4 miles in and out. The road up to the hike (from the Sweet Home side) is a one lane twisty road for about 4 miles... coming up that road was the scary part. If you run into traffic going the other way, it feels like there's not sufficient room for cars to pass each other most of the way... hope I never have to find out. Very worth the drive here. Loved it!

An enjoyable trail. Thought it was a pretty hike through the forest & would do it again. Had it all to ourselves for a midweek hike.

Nice Hike, Make Sure You Check The weather Before you Go ..today it Was cloudy, so I Wasn't Able To See The View..

Awesome trail!

Seems like a lot of work for the trail itself. The road getting there has a good amount of potholes and can be bad if your not careful. The trail itself is ok at best. Uphill on the entire return. Ok trail overall but I feel I won't return.

Awesome views!!!! Trail was very steep in places but it was a good hike with a variety of scenery. I would have liked to see more wildflowers but maybe later in the summer there will be more.

Fabulous. I loved this hike. Tons of wildflowers and fabulous views. There were a few tough spots as once you get to the meadow there are a number of ups and downs, and they are steep. I had to get on my butt to get down on a couple. However, it was worth the effort. I did keep my dog on a lead as there are cliffs, very steep down overs, and some poison oak around. I thank the reviewer who gave very good directions to finding the trail. I don't think I would have found it without the specifics. Thank you TJ Banker. I will come back.

I have hiked this trail a few times, definitely gets busier on the weekends. Great views and plenty of resting/ viewing spots for older kids. I hiked this trail with two 10 year olds with no problem. Great views!

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