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11 hours ago

Happy to see this trail finally open! Very muddy, mostly from excessive foot traffic. Lots of incline. Doing the entire loop separates you from the crowd. Lots of dogs! There should be more signs posted about restoration and staying on the path.

We clocked about 11 miles and took a long lunch but generally 4 hours round trip is what you should expect.

Good 3-4 hour loop with decent elevation.

hiking
11 days ago

Love this hike. There was some fallen rock areas that made the trail a little tricky but totally worth the view!!! I was say this is def a moderate-hard hike, so be prepared. There is also another path that stems from this one, you’ll notice it on your descent, also totally worth the extra mileage. Great views!!!

I'm so sad that this trail is closed. I had some really amazing memories there.

Hiked on Jan 1, 2019: no parking fee, no bathrooms at TH, well-marked trail, parking lot fills quickly on wknds, Trail closed/gated at Ponytail Falls. This was a quick beautiful hike (1.5 miles RT) to Ponytail Falls.

A nice little hike with some steep sections and descent views at the top. I hiked during a damp day but the trails weren’t money at all. I’ve driven by this hike a million times and glad I finally decided to do it.

Horsetail & Ponytail falls are beautiful this time of year, even though it was super cold. Be aware that this trail is a tad steep, but not too difficult. The trail to Triple Creek is closed still due to the fire, but the trail for Horsetail & Ponytail are open and clear.

Beautiful and easy enough for a family. I captured vid with my drone. Here's a link to it.

https://youtu.be/_UMbKMhWH2I

Oh my lord this cave is so unreal dope it’s not even funny. They let u just walk around and go rogue with a headlamp and u can just spend hours admiring the beauty of cave world. One of my favs in WA.

hiking
1 month ago

Being from Colorado, this was one of the coolest trails I've ever done... walking in a cave for 3 miles. It's freezing down there, even during the summer. Bring a headlamp. It's so much easier than having to carry a flashlight.

the hike was really lovely! not too strenuous, though there is a hill. I was not so impressed with the spring themselves; two of the eight were out of order and we did a lot of waiting around before deciding to bail on our dip. people who were ahead of us in line had to make trips up and down the site with five gallon buckets to fill their tub. seemed like a lot of work for an experience I was hoping would be relaxing. so we went home dry. maybe better to go on a week day!

The upper cave offers some cool scrambling opportunities on boulder piles. The amount of feces that looked and tasted like it came from a human was disheartening but not a bad trail otherwise.

hiking
1 month ago

It was brisk, so there weren’t as many people on the trail as expected. Trail was clear, only a tiny bit of snow here and there. We didn’t go into the springs, not what we went for truthfully. Not sure we’d go back. Sad to see some trash at the trailhead and up at the springs as well.

nature trips
1 month ago

This cave is super fun we did the longer version. If you are scared of the dark and claustrophobic you won’t be a fan but if you want an adventure go for it. You will be climbing rocks and boulders at one point a rope helps you over a rock ridge. It’s fun!

Hiked this trail on Monday 11/26/18, the trail re-opened Friday 11/23/18 after the recent fires last year. This trail is not 9.4miles long, but close to 13 miles round trip with a portion of the devils rest trail being unmaintained. Trail workers did a beautiful job restoring this trail. Beautiful views of the gorge at Angel's rest, if you dare brave the blow you over wind. Saw coopey and upper coopey falls in the beginning and fairy falls in the middle. Forrests are gorgeous with some really dark ones on devils rest trail after the summit end. Nice parking area with no bathroom right off the old highway looks kinda small in the dark. I arrived just before 6am in the winter when it was still dark. There is no fee here. I saw over 30 people and 5 dogs (of course non of them were on a leash) hiking most of them after 9 or 10am and on my descent. The closest bathrooms for this area are at bridal veil falls. If you are wanting to hike this trail it is super helpful to have a pre recorded map as the devils rest trail is half unmaintained.

Hiked in May, loads of wildflowers and beautiful views.

hiking
2 months ago

Just did this trail today. It was my sister and my 2 children ages 11 and 8 and they loved it! We did Ape Trail that was above ground and once we got done we walked back and then went underground. I’m not sure which one we did I’m seeing a lot of posts where people say they did the Upper Cave area but crawled and we didn’t crawl at all. It was an open area cave but pitch black. I used a head flash light and my cell light and my kids had their own lights as well. We didn’t finish the cave trail due to my son sprang his ankle . The terrain is very unsteady so watch your step. Other than that it was really fun and awesome. I’m definitely coming back but more in the spring or summer time. Happy Hiking!

hiking
2 months ago

I’m an avid hiker and frequently complete 14-20 mile hikes with over 3,000 feet of elevation gain. This trail was poorly marked and there was not a map at the trailhead (just a poison oak warning sign). After hiking about a half mile the trail comes to a fork. The left was blocked off with rocks so we went right and there was an extremely steep, loose scree slope. I would not recommend attempting the scree without hiking boots. As this was an unplanned stop/hike and I was wearing an old pair of running shoes so I turned around. Back at the fork there were people coming off the left (blocked off) part of the trail. I started to head down that trail and could see people standing on Mitchell Point through the trees. However the trail was extremely over grown and was washed out in some places. That coupled with all of the poison oak made me decide to turn around. I would not recommend this hike. The views from the trailhead were just as good and there are better trails in the area. Now that I see the all trails map, the left trail appears to be the correct path.

2 months ago

Did the upper caves (the challenging ones) and absolutely adored it. It gets a bit challenging in some parts but I wouldn’t consider it very hard. I enjoyed all the way.
I would recommend wearing a nice coat since the temperature is Lower downt there and definitely two sources of light (head lamp and flashlight will do) some light gloves might be helpful as well and I wouldn’t take kids younger than 8 or 9 (not only for the physical part but the fact that it’s completely dark and might find it scary)

By the way, you will need a permit in dashboard of the car to park in the lot.

Such great views of surrounding areas of the Colombia River Gorge! Did this a few years back with 2 Cocker Spaniels and they did great besides all the barking!

The term trail is a questionable at points, but the view is definitely worth the rocky trek.

hiking
2 months ago

Did both caves. Did this hike without hiking baby. And I would never do this with hiking baby. Helmet is a good idea for upper trail. Recommend 2 sources of light. 1 for use 1 for backup. You do not want to be in the upper cave without light. Rope is installed for 8ft climb. Was completely alone on upper cave. Honestly not smart to do upper cave alone. Learned my lesson on that one. I am a big guy and there is a lot of tight spaces. But I did it with a camera bag and backpack. Was alone for most of the lower cave.

Still closed as of 11/7/18

It was beautiful trail inside and out. We had our 1 year old son on my husband's back and were able to do about 95% of the cave until it was just too small to crawl through with a child on your back. the terrain is a but rough for a child under 4 to walk. We loved it.

The best ever! We went early in the morning and were there by ourself for a few hours. It was blissful. Make sure to leave your glitter at home as the stupid hippies have left enough along the trail and trees.

Super easy hike. The lower cave is very roomy and it’s a clear path back and out. It was a surreal experience as a first time cave-goer. My only complaint is that a duo near us had clearly been disregarding the signs not to smoke cigarettes in the cave. Without the side of fresh air, it felt like we were walking through an ashtray most of the way.

We went to the side of the upper cave. We reached a point where it seemed like it ended, so we turned around. When we were finished and left the caves and referred to the maps...we realized we hadn’t pushed on far enough and there was more to the upper cave. Will definitely go back to try it out.

Good lights- yes...I went cheap on a headlamp and it wasn’t quite bright enough for my liking

It was quite wet and drippy in there...a raincoat was nice to have.

Good, sturdy shoes. The ground is quite uneven.

is this trail still closed??

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike, went backwards starting from the upper caves. Completed 10-14-18

hiking
2 months ago

I ran through the cave basically... really wired if you know what I mean.

hiking
2 months ago

Great easy hike to take guests. Easy trail to go in chacos or tennis shoes. This October has been more forgiving than most so it was a great day to go early.

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