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Google took us to a weird side road so the hike was quicker but was still beautiful!

Stunning falls. beautiful clear blue water. pretty easy hike. We had a perfect winter day, not too busy, but I can see where it would be in the summer. Seriously gorgeous though

hiking
3 days ago

Road closed 5 miles from the trailhead due to snow. But I am excited to go back in the Spring.

Hiked the trail on Sunday 1/13/19. It was chilly but not too cold with a blue sky. Recommend using trekking poles and shoes with good grip. Take snacks and water too. It’s definitely a hard hike up but even kids were doing it with their parents. Pace is key. Worth the view.

It's one of my favorite training Runs

hiking
3 days ago

The trail is in great condition right now, and the warm winter means no snow (just a little frost at the summit.) Lots of people had the same idea, and met a lot of nice people on my descent.

The weather tracker as part of Alltrails is spot-on accurate. Make this hike while the weather is good.

Lovely hike! It splits shortly down the trail k to two trails: dry creek to the right, Trapper to the left. We went down about 3.5 miles before turning back and only ran into one other couple hiking. They said they saw elk, we missed them. The trail runs by the creek/river but wasn’t directly on the creek except for a few spots. Lovely scenery and it was completely walkable this time. However, it’s been a mild winter and there would usually be snow this time of year.

Amazing beauty with old growth and stunning waterfalls.

Defaulted to this trail after seeing how rutted the road to Silver Star/Ed's Loop is.

I was on this trail Saturday 1/5/19 and came across what appeared to be large cat scat (essentially a very large hair ball) that was very fresh. There were also older piles along the way. I'm not well versed on identifying scat but it was enough for me to turn back. Please be careful.

Went today January 5th, saw 4-5 other groups the entire time. Absolutely gorgeous waterfalls. The water was very clear/blue. The forest was covered in moss and everything was very green.

The road to the trailhead is pretty bad - lots of potholes - but totally worth it. I hear this trail is very crowded in the summer. I’d highly recommend going in the winter if you want to experience it with less people around.

Absolutely Beautiful Ending and well worth the time to get there.... Recommended as a good Beginner Trail

This was a great hike for a good workout. I would like to make it clear that this is a HARD hike. There are some beautiful views of the creek and lost of elk tracks. At the top there is a little pond and a nice bench to enjoy a lunch. Great hike in the fall so you will see the pond/creek.

Some bad parts about this hike is it’s marked as moderate and its most definitely not. I would mark this hike as a Hard. This trail isn’t hiked often and needs to be cleared of some fallen trees. There is also a wooden triangle at one point on the trail that creates a fork on the trail. It’s not marked to stay to the right to stay on course of the trail. I didn’t hike the other trail to see where it goes.

Today was a lovely hike. The undergrowth and birds have returned. There were very few other people on the trail which also made it lovely.

Good New Year’s Eve hike, snow was very picturesque!

Went on a cold rainy December day. Thank goodness for rain gear. It was amazingly beautiful!! The waterfalls were raging

Inadvertently hiked this trail via Dry Creek Rd which ended up being a ten minute hike LOL. The road in is all rocks. The trail is muddy, but more of a squishy muddy im assuming due to all the foliage in the ground on top of the dirt.

Falls were beautiful.

Christmas Day 2018. Started from the toll park in Cascade Locks. Not too challenging, well marked path. Out and back ended up being about 5 miles. The falls were beautiful.

Did this hike yesterday. Great views and a solid workout. Conditions when I went were good - no snow and dry trails.

I did this hike in October, and it’s probably my new favorite. It’s not too strenuous, but I’m also very active and do a lot of hiking with elevation gains, so it may be more difficult for people not as used to a lot of steep elevation gain. There are markers tied to the trees along the trail that indicate which way to go, which is handy because there are a few off-shoot trails and shortcuts that branch off and can make it confusing. Went in POURING rain and it was pretty slippery, but I had trekking poles so it wasn’t too hard to deal with. The viewpoint towards the top is really cool, but the view from the actual summit is the one you really got to push for! Definitely recommend it, can’t wait to do it again. Highly recommend sturdy shoes and trekking poles or a walking stick.

My boyfriendand i had an amazing time. The hike was beautiful and serene. We took the back way thats straight up. We also had that trail all to ourselves.

Steep especially in the beginning, 800 feet elevation in the first mile, I enjoyed the snow about half way up. Was cloudy but could imagine that the view was beautiful at the top, in my list to repeat in the spring.

Visited 12/8/18. Beautiful area to stop at for hiking, sightseeing and a great lunch spot with a couple picnic tables next to Viento falls. Paved trails look very new. Bathrooms were flushing toilets and very clean inside, but only have air dryers, no paper towels for drying your hands. I've seen this place a bunch of other times while visiting the gorge and have always wanted to stop by and check it out. I came here to hike mt defiance trail. The trailheads are easy to find. Mt defiance, starvation ridge and a couple others are on the 14 going west when you walk on the paved path. Starvation ridge from historic trail paved path is closed but you can reach it on mt defiance trail. I did not complete trails because there were creek crossings on both mt defiance and starvation ridge that had no bridges, I was wearing my summer hiking boots (not wanting to get them wet in the water), it was cold out and I was hiking alone. This area is a must stop if you have the time to check it out. I will definitely be back to hike again. Counted 4 waterfalls.

Great hike, challenging! Did up and back in just under 3 hours. Some reviews mention rock slides, I felt that it was rocky at points but not necessarily a rock slide. Good boots are a must! Trekking poles are not necessary. Snow at the top in December!

This was a nice hike through the woods, and the falls were great!

Nice and easy hike ending in a beautiful waterfall. Definitely recommend

hiking
1 month ago

This was a very beautiful hike! Easy to do but requires shoes with good traction. There is a section after the bridge that allows you to go down by the water but we were unable to venture down due to slippery conditions. Highly recommend this hike in summer/fall!!

Gorgeous hike with so many waterfalls! It’s busy because of the beauty and ideal for most hiking skills. Get there early and don’t complain about others wanting to enjoy this spectacular hike. Watch for slippery rocks. But enjoy God’s country!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a challenging but great trail. Steep and heart pumping, on a clear day the view is beautiful! It’s great in that there are people on the trail but it’s by no means crowded. There’s a bathroom at the start and a good picnic spot at the top.

This one is fun. Suspension bridges and ladders make it especially unique. Great views of waterfalls and cascades. I did the entire trail and as other reviews have said just be careful and know that you probably shouldn’t bring pets/children. At the split near the beginning of the trail I veered right and went over the bridge. I think this is the better route because you get great views of the falls on the way back up.
Here's a video of my experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF5ragxSIw8&t=4s

***After the 30 foot ladder but before the next bridge there is another smaller ladder that is somewhat hard to find. It leads to a short out/back trail on a ridge that pays off with extraordinary views.

Travelers note:
Forest pass: YES
Parking fee: $5 without forest pass
Travel time from Portland: about 2 hours
Driving conditions: road to the trailhead has a fair amount of potholes and such. Drive is possible in a car but probably better to have a vehicle with clearance.

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