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backpacking
6 days ago

Best experience of my life. Was my first overnight hike and was worth it. I recommend being somewhat experienced. We had a group of 5 people and 1 dog, and went around August 6th-7th of 2018. This is a pretty hard hike, but very very rewarding. I would recommend this hike to anyone. You will not regret it, Absolutely beautiful, and literally will have your breath taken away from you every single step. I also would say to pack the extra weight and pitch a tent at the top. One of the best parts was watching the stars at night, absolutely stunning. This hike can provide you to get so close with the people you go up with. Theres a big bonus If your into fishing! There is an unlimited amount of cutthroat trout up there and is extremely cool to watch them hit your lure in the crystal clear water. The hike will make you super hot, but the best feeling is jumping in the glacier water while taking a break. I recommend everyone to take the trek up to robin lake after getting to tuk lake, even if it is difficult and confusing. I also recommend going in the summer time so you can have great weather with out getting cold, and having amazing, clear, and beautiful days out there. Once we got to the top of robin lake we even got enough service of AT&T to FaceTime our parents to share the view! Amazing views of Mt Daniel and Cathedral Rock are available throughout the whole hike, as long as it’s clear. Along the lower parts of the trail, there is an abundance of blueberries that you can snack on on the way up. 11/10 experience and literally would die to go up there again. Be safe up there everyone

Beautiful hike up and back (overnight). Will be doing this one again.

The snow made this an even better hike

I underestimated the difficulty of this trail and busted both my knees doing it all in a one day hike with no trekking poles. I however don’t regret the majestic reward for completing it.

on Green Lakes Trail

hiking
2 months ago

As spectacular as everyone says. Passed no more than 15 or so people in both directions with long stretches of solitude including at the lake itself. Conditions: Cascade Lakes Highway clear (from Bend) except for one snowy/icy hill just west of Mount Bachelor. Trail clear for first mile or so, packed snow for the next two (not slippery), some icy hills in the final stretch -- enough that I put on traction for the trip down. Tentative road closure date is 11/19 so enjoy this trail now!

hiking
2 months ago

Best hike I’ve ever been on. Went in August on a really hot Smokey day and it was cool. Walked next to a creek almost the entire way and took a dip in the lake at the top.

Arrived at the trailhead at 7am today and there was only one other car in the parking lot, so if you're not a fan of crowded hikes, now is the time to do Tuck and Robin! We ended up meeting a few people on the trail, but for the most part, we felt like we had the lakes to ourselves.

There are multiple stream crossings on this trail, so definitely recommend waterproof boots.

It was also in the 30s at the TH and pretty windy at Tuck, so would also recommend warm layers.

never seen better. pain in the ass but worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. Didn’t make it all the way to the lake, but lovely by the creek all along the way. Gently sloping, not very technical.

hiking
3 months ago

Very well maintained trail with lots of picturesque scenery, including the river, waterfalls, forest, open space with obsidian boulders and of course - lakes and Mountain View’s. Went over Labor Day weekend, lots of other hikers but not crowded. The hike in was 2 hours. We took a 30 minute break to snack and take in the scenery then hiked out, which took 1.5 hours. Would recommend.

gets crowded, but great payoff

backpacking
3 months ago

Hard for me to completely rate this trail fairly. Started out hiking at 11p so it was pitch black. Very cold that night and to make matters worse once we got to the lakes the wind decided to get crazy. If I was to guess sustained 15mph with gusts all night up to 40. Powerful enough to have branches fall on our tent. In the morning the lakes were pretty but again very very cold mostly due to the wind. We did a loop with soda creek trail back to the trail head and decided to forgo no name lake that night given how windy it was the previous night at a lower elevation. The lakes were definitely pretty and so was the western side of broken top and the eastern end of sisters. Great overall trail system in this region no doubt.

backpacking
3 months ago

It was in the low 20’s last weekend up there, perfectly clear. Our GPS read closer to 19 miles total. Hiked up above Robin and then bushwhacked down diagonal across granite to the trail. Definitely confusing after Tuck lake. Stay to left of Tuck Pot, climb up a bunch of granite areas scrambling. So many goat trails branching off to confuse folks. We had goats at night and the dog freaked inside the tent, oh well. No goats after that. Little creeks are frozen in the mornings. I’m 68, so you can make it, also. It is quite steep and my legs are still sore. Real pretty up there.

Pound for pound the most amazing hike I’ve done in Oregon and I’ve done some amazing hikes all over this state. We caught it on a crisp clear day and the vistas are breath taking. You could see well over 100 miles in all directions. We could see St. Helens, Rainier, Adams, Jefferson, Sisters, the rolling cascades, the central oregon desert... it was well worth the effort.

You can get there in a mid clearance car but we opted for a 4x4 Jeep which made getting there easier. The trail is mostly sandy and rocky.

Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go. We were very fortunate but I’d pack for wind/rain/cold just to be safe as it can easily change. I’d also recommend a hat, sunglasses, something to cover your ears from wind, and gloves. Trail is never super steep for very long. Mostly a gradual trudge. A++

Great hike with some amazing view points and beautiful lakes!!!

backpacking
3 months ago

We backpacked mid-September and experienced a mixture of weather. The views were amazing and there were many trails we explored once camp was set up. Grab a good water filter so you don’t have to weigh your bag down with lots of water. There are many places to refill with the filter. Trekking poles were helpful as there are a couple spots once at the lakes where you can cross water on logs but they are slippery so be careful. There are lots of easily located designated camp spots and a back trail to hike South Sister if you wanted. Will go again for sure!

hiking
3 months ago

Favorite hiking spot thus far! We can’t wait to go back.

Spectacular views - creek, waterfalls, Broken Top, South Sister, lava, and lakes. Bring a camera and plenty of water. Fairly easy hike - moderate due to the distance.

hiking
3 months ago

This is truly a HARD hike. first 3 miles are leisurely, then the inclines start. Slight at first, but then... thigh burning work out! Started the hike around 9am, has lunch at Tuck Lake. Beautiful. Dress in layers because the weather changes quickly up there. The way to Robin Lake is really unclear. Follow the cairnes! There multiple routes, just based on how easily you can climb or scale terrain. Other hikers on the trail were very helpful and kept our group motivated. The view from up top is so worth it. Coming down was quicker. we got back to the car around 6pm. A FULL day hike. Most hikers stay the night. ensure you get off the mountain before the sun sets.

Ashy. Sandy. Rocky. This trail has it all. If you take Eliot Moraine way up you follow a ridge. Then cut over to the shelter. After that you follow some long gradual switchbacks up and it’s rocky. From there you are at a rocky ridge which many people turn around. We went up to the very top then up to the actual snow line at 9050’. This hike was intense but worth it.

on Green Lakes Trail

3 months ago

Awesome hike for all ages. Did this late September, NO mosquitoes

hiking
3 months ago

September 29. Started at Cultis Creek Campground trail #108 and followed loop through trail #33. Spectacular autumn foliage. The huckleberries were vibrant red and you could still find fruit at Deep Lake. Spotted a frog and a snake, lots of birds. Do visit the side trails to other lakes. Deep lake was beautiful. Found the old PCT trail via one of the meadows. Take a photo of the map as a guide.

I did not hike all the way up to the end of the cooper spur trail, I was probably only a couple of miles away. I hiked tilly jane campground, to cloud cap campground, to cloud cap inn and then retraced back to tilly jane, where I took tilly jane/cooper spur past the A-frame and up, up, up. To the shelter and past the shelter. I didn't get as great views because it was a smoky day, but it was definitely worth the trip and I will be coming here again. 8/20/18. The bugs were pretty annoying if you stopped for any amount of time and it didn't really seem that bug spray or sunscreen was keeping them away. once the cooper spur trail ends is when the mountain climbing begins. The trail up to the viewpoint is long switchbacks, slippery sand and rock and many trails that branch out or shortcuts? I took a couple of them. I saw a couple of backpackers hiking with their dog along the rim.

I gave this 4 stars because of how much traffic there was when we were there. We thought we wouldn't run into too many people due to the time of year and remote location. But there were literally 7 different parties of groups more than 5 people in each party. Everyone was nice, but we like minimal people when we go backpacking, as does everyone I guess :) but I guess maybe they all had the same ideas as we did? lol. :)

Start early in the morning. We started at 10 and we made it to the meadow after 7 hours of hiking. We are in decent shape, however we packed way too much weight. Each of us were carrying nearly 60 lbs! Way way way too much. There are spots to fill up with water once in the gulch, but the trail does steer away from the creek for a long while. I recommend refilling water bottles once you get to the first established campground at the bottom of the decent. Then you should be good to the next watering spot. Like others said before, the CCC did an awesome job clearing the trial! Thanks for the hard work CCC! The meadow is nice, as there were various campsites along the creek. We were worried that we would be close to all the other people, but we weren't. The first night we had two black bears check us out. We had a large dog with us, that warned us of them. They did not mess with us, but be prepared for large wildlife! After staying the night near the meadow, we hiked up the scramble. Follow the stacked rocks as that is the easiest way. The scramble is no joke, if you do not like heights, this might not be the most pleasant situation. Large boulders and steep cliffs grace you throughout the climb. Was a little worried as we were hiking up as people were coming down, knocking rocks towards us, which is something that happens with steep grades, but can be dangerous. If you get injured out here you are screwed, unless you have a gps device, which we did not :( We all concurred at this point, that we were foolish carrying such heavy loads going up the scramble. We finally made it to the lake after some weak knees and conquering some fears of heights. We were worried also about finding a campsite as there were so many parties that past us on the way up. We found a campsite though away from all the large parties to the left when you first get to the lake. We thought campsites would be minimal, but there are more than you think. The lake was amazing, but unfortunately it was very windy that day. The wind calmed at night and stars were spectacular. We were away from people and had no issues with enjoying our own private camp.

We ended up going back the next day to split our hike home in two days. Glad we did, as we had a person in our pack hurt their knee. So it was slow moving. So to wrap it up. Pack light, and prepare for a strenuous but unforgettable adventure!

I love this place. It blew my Arizona dwelling mind.

This is a fun, relatively easy hike. We went to the "real" Madcap falls which is not really on the trail. Some folks say its just around the bend from Carter and there is another falls around the bend, but according to the quads Madcap is another 1/2 mile up. So we turned around at about the 2 mile mark. The path is generally easy, wide, and maintained. We did wonder about the wooden pipe that runs along the trail part of the way, other than the fact that it is a hand built wooden pipe that travels easily a mile... What is its history?

we took the whole family, all five kids and what a beautiful hike!

Amazing destination. CCC crew has done a lot of trail maintenance. If you plan to sleep on the granite be sure to pack an insulated pad. The scramble is easy if you go way left but otherwise it can be a little sketchy. Well worth the hike.

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