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1 day ago

Was able to get out mid-December on a day with very little wind and ~50deg temps. Lots of good views looking east up the gorge. Also a nice variety of terrain minus the paved home stretch. Not to mention very accessible.

The upper trail section is well worth it, but unless you just want the extra miles I'd skip the lower section and turn it into an out and back.

We hiked to Blue Pool on 11-26-2018. The trail is well maintained but there are rocks that you have to climb over so be aware that it’s not a flat path the whole way. IMO there could be a few more markers for the viewing outlooks....easy to walk right by when you don’t know to look for them. My watch said we did 4.3 miles, from the parking lot to Blue Pool and back but it’s mostly flat and was no problem for my kids (ages 11 & 10).

it was an amazing hike. fell down coming out of the cave.

Trail isn't too tough to get to super cool and unique scenery and views on the way to the cave.

7.5 miles round trip, 2 caches, lots of fun.

Amazing hike with great variety—forested dirt-pack trail, through a pastoral field, across an old rock slide and finishing walking up a 1.25 mi up a tree-lined and pasture road back to parking. All of this with spectacular viewpoints of the Gorge. And perfect for a sunny Fall day with changing leaf colors. Will definitely do again.

hiking
28 days ago

It was a gorgeous day though very WINDY!! I loved the entire hike - the only slight bummer is you’re hiking the road at the end which is boring. But it didn’t keep me from enjoying it!

Boca Cave is spectacular. When you get close to the top of Triangulation Peak, the trail splits. Right up to the summit and left to the cave. Path descends on rocky ground to cave but is doable. Rocky, wet scramble into cave. Don’t miss the framed view of Jefferson.

This is a wonderful hike with spectacular views. Be prepared for high winds and traversing a rock/boulder field.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great trail, and the views of Mt. Hood in Burnt Lake were incredible. From Burnt Lake, we took the a Zigzag Mountain trail for more amazing views of Mt. Hood.

Foggy, narrow trail, and I couldn't locate the cave.

We hiked with our two dogs to the peak of the Triangulation Tr. to get the most beautiful 360 panoramic view! From there we hiked down into Boca Cave to see Mt Jefferson through the eye of the Cave. Photos do not do the view and experience justice.

Phenomenal! The peak is definitely worth it, and Boca Cave is easy to find and really cool. Hike up is a bit brushy, not to difficult.

Beautiful.

Just hiked this on Sunday November 11th 2018, Veterans Day:). I’ll never say a hike is bad, always a beautiful day in the woods and mountains. It was a 12 mile twisty turning drive to get to the trail head. Once there I noticed signs that say the trails are closed and unsafe, access is prohibited! Well we set out anyway because hey... it’s what we do. We did 3 miles out and 3 back. Nothing tremendously notable other than the river. This trail doesn’t seem very heavy used. We were literally the only people on the trail. I’d like to hike the trail in the opposite direction and see what it has to offer scenery wise.
Like I said, a bad hike is still a good hike. For the beginners this would be perfect, flat and long with nice views. Can’t say I got any ticks, maybe the cold kept them from being active.

1 month ago

I give this 4.5 stars. Got on the trail about 3p, and took an hour and a half to climb up to the lake. Passed a handful of people hiking out, but pretty uncrowded for a beautiful Saturday. No one was hiking up after me, judging from my car being the lady in the lot when I hiked out. The multiple creeks on both sides of the trail, sometimes cascading down over the trail, serenade you the whole way up. Arrived to the lake just as the sun was setting on Mt. Hood, fading from a rich orange to a soft rose. The surface of the lake was still in the crisp, cold evening air, with no person or creature to interrupt the peace. I ended up watching the sun fully go down, then hiked out in the dark. Easy enough trail to do this, just make sure you have some light as it’s much darker down in the trees. It’d be fun to stay and watch the stars come out next time.

I didn’t see the cut off that this map shows to make it more of a triangle loop, so for me it was basically an out and back with a walk around the lake.

This portion of the trail was an easy stride and full of autumn beauty! Great year round trail.

Really easy summit hike and great to see both the cave and the peak at the top! Great camp spot up there too. NOTE: when going to the cave you will go through a burned forest area and the trail is relatively difficult to follow so keep your eyes peeled. It's a scramble with lots of loose rock, but doable if careful

Downhill, then uphill on way back. Great hike and super pretty in the fall. Also, very busy since it's near the timberline lodge.

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed this hike, it was perfectly sunny for the first half and then lightly rained the rest of the way. I managed to grab s ok me HUGE tree leaves, same width of my chest as I was going through the hike. worth it, honestly the view points are all beautiful! I did it with my mother in law, wife, and our 2 dogs. easy trail, it is just long so dont forget water.

Helpful Hints **
The directions off of here were wrong when I plugged it in. It took me to a gated off forest road. Just type in the trailhead on google and it'll take you to the right place.
The cave won't be hard to find if you know what to look for (I didn't, but eventually found it.) There's an obvious trail that y's off to the left by the summit. Follow that till you get to another viewpoint, and you'll see the burn area. Don't walk down into the burn. Walk along as close to the rock as you can and there's a small trail that dips to the left and goes down, and hooks left right along the cliff wall. The cave faces Jefferson on the cliff wall of the viewpoint you passed walking towards the burn. It's right underneath it really. kind of hard to explain, hope that helps.

I think I’m getting spoiled because I really didn’t like the hike even though it’s on many Portland fall 10 ten hiking lists. Too much of it is on roads and you can hear trains and cars most of the hike. The views are nice, but not that special for the area.

hiking
1 month ago

7.5 miles exactly, including going out to all the viewpoints. I agree that in places it was more than moderate - I started out on the upper loop, on the way back via lower loop there were quite a few rocky spots (including switchbacks up the first rock field), narrow trails in steep areas, etc. In contrast, some parts are gravel, some are firmly packed dirt, and the last mile and a half or so are up a paved road. The waterfall is pretty small, but some great views of the gorge and fall leaves.

GPS had us on the wrong road to a locked logging road. Definitely take 2233 approach to the trailhead. The gravel section was brief and not too bad. Gorgeous views at the top of triangulation peak! Boca cave was MASSIVE. Really enjoyed the burned out beauty. The approach to the cave could be pretty difficult for some. my poles came in handy. Highly recommend.

a basic forest trail that leads to beautiful views. definitely fire damage that was pretty in its own way. Boca cave was spectacular, and much bigger than expected. I think our mileage was about 4.6 miles.

Pretty steep most of the way up. Beautiful views of mount Jefferson at the top. Be aware there is a lot of damaged area from wildfires.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, old growth and wonderful views of Mt.Hood.

Pretty hike, not terribly strenuous. Strongly recommend pre-downloading trail map as there's no cell signal (AT&T anyways) and the 8 mile loop requires hiking trails that are different names, would've been very confusing without GPS. Multi-use area so be prepared for atv and target shooting noise, and mtb's and horses on the hiking trail.

Pretty hike, not terribly strenuous. Strongly recommend pre-downloading trail map as there's no cell signal (AT&T anyways) and the 8 mile loop requires hiking trails that are different names, would've been very confusing without GPS. Multi-use area so be prepared for atv and target shooting noise, and mtb's and horses on the hiking trail.

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