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5 days ago

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

Beautiful and scenic hike to do in the winter time; but the difficulty level goes from easy to moderate when there’s snow and ice.
A “must try” hike, when snow has fallen!
Micro spikes or something similar highly suggested!

You absolutely need traction devices on your boots. We passed person who fell and possibly broke a arm. It's a ice trail over rocks and tree roots so I recommend two treking poles to help prevent tripping, snow shoes that don't have a aggressive track on the side won't get a good bite over rocks. There was a back up at the boulder field from unprepared hikers without traction devices. My wife used micro spikes by Kahtoola I used ice trekkers diamond grippers by yaktraks. If cost if a factor check and for kids check out Stabilgear brand of microspikes at P-rkrose hardware for $19.

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snow
5 days ago

This was a great trail! We rented crampons which are better than Microspikes per the recommendation of Mountain Shop. The rental price was 10. Some fellow hikers did not have equipment and were sliding or slipping. Happy hiking!

snowshoeing
6 days ago

We tried to do this with a four wheel drive Jeep with snow chain and snowshoes on January 12. As soon as we turned off of 22, there was heavy snow on the road. The road is not serviced by a snow plow. We pulled out a pick up truck that was stuck. We continued on and we made it to about 5 miles away from the trailhead. We got super stuck in the snow, finally got out and went for a hike from there. Will definitely be back again! The views we had were epic, just had too much snow on the road to be able to make it to the trailhead. It was definitely an adventure and won’t soon be forgotten!

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.

My first Oregon trail to hike. Really pretty Hike with a gorgeous waterfall at the end. Hiked this trail in September. Perfect weather that day

Such a pretty hike, and the falls are amazing!

Gorgeous hike but microspikes are a must if you go during this time of year.

beautiful even in the winter. highly recommend microspikes.

beautiful views await you on this trail - however, there are slippery spots and microspikes are highly recommended!!

Went on 12/31/18. Lots of icy patches, recommend either microspikes or crampons! Snow shoes would not be helpful. Due to heavy traffic the trails are pretty packed down and slick. We made it to the waterfall and back in about 2 hours with crampons.

hiking
18 days ago

Lovely hike, not too busy but just as others said, bring microspikes!! It's very icy and there are patches that were slowly melting and with the new snow/colder weather, it'll turn to straight ice. We went on a Saturday and it wasn't terribly busy.

This was a really nice hike with incline. The waterfalls are gorgeous

Beautiful. You def will need crampons... I did it without and it was so scary. Every slip my life flashed before my eyes. Lol.

A wonderful hike, but I would not recommend bringing children this time of year. We brought hiking poles (thankfully) but I still slipped and fell on the ice about 5 times. Definitely worth it, but if you don't have ice spikes on your shoes you will definitely end up sliding on your butt down a hill.

Absolutely beautiful! We did this hike yesterday and there was a bit of snow on the trail so be mindful about the weather when you go. Clampons/spikes would be useful!

A beautiful hike any time of the year.

beautiful hike! Not strenuous at all, with lots of great scenery. took my husband and I about 3hrs round trip as we stopped ap many time to get amazing photos. highly recommend microspikes if you're going this time of year (december), especially as you get closer to the falls and at the falls if you want to get a closer look.
only reason I'm not giving a 5 out 5 is because there were several people with dogs not on leashes. Please be courteous of other hikers (especially those who actually have their dogs on leashes). I love dogs but dont love being jumped on when I'm trying to enjoy my hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this Dec 9. The vehicle access road to the trailhead parking lot closes for the winter on Dec. 1 so the hike up the road to the trailhead adds 4.5 miles round trip, making this a 12 mile hike. The log crossing was easy as there is a log handrail next to one of the main crossing logs, so even though it’s icy, you can easily hang on and feel safe as long as the water level is low. Could have used yak tracks in a few icy spots but no need for snowshoes right now. Pretty views of Hood and the falls are beautifully iced over in parts. Almost no one out today due to the weather.

Hiked this trail mid day Saturday and for the 4 hours it took me to finish I didn’t see one other hiker. Definitely a plus and the waterfall is beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely hike. Went up on dec 2nd. Spikes highly recommended for the final 3rd to the falls.

Hiked this trail in the spring/early summer of 2018 this is a beautiful trail. the water is gorgeous! plenty of creek crossings with no bridges. There are bathrooms here if you park at the lake parking area. I parked at south cold water trailhead and there are no bathrooms there. Didnt see a lot of people when I went, maybe less than 10 and there were also not a lot of bugs out at this time. I would highly recommend this trail. I do believe that no motorized boats are allowed on this lake. If you do the loop from south cold water you do have to hike back to the trail head on the highway for a mile or two, which can get busy later in the day. Trail can also be narrow and steep at times if you are doing the loop. You do need a northwest forrest pass or national parks pass to park in any areas where a pass is required.

It was a great trail. Not too hard and a great length. How ever, I believe the 6.9 mi. that this app says is wrong. My garmin watch said it was close to 9 miles. Went late November and hiked through some snow! Slippery but just be cautious. And crossing the river is fairly easy. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

I absolutely love this trail!! The only problem with this trail that I have encountered, is that many folks don't leash their dogs. This makes it challenging for a dog on a leash. If one dog is on leash and the other isn't, this can create big issues between the two..Please leash your pup's, even if they are super sweet.

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!!

hiking
1 month ago

It was icy on some parts of the trail, but nothing that required micro spikes. They will probably be needed within the next couple weeks. You will need spikes if you want to go behind the falls though.

Phenomenal! This is a short hike so I combined it with two other waterfall hikes nearby - Panther Creek Falls and Spirit Falls. I did the lower creek falls hike first early in the morning. I was the only one on the trail. Every waterfall was beautiful. I did all three waterfalls from 7am -,4pm. Short drives in between. Here is a video from my day on the Washington side of the gorge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KasE9uJGAOA&t=630s


(If link doesn’t work search Dabai’s Adventures in YouTube)


Travelers info:

Forest Pass: YES
Parking Fee: Forest Pass! No parking permits available!
Driving: about 2 hours from Portland. The road out to spirit falls is easy and any car can make it. The roads out to lower creek and panther creek are full of potholes and loose gravel... better to take a vehicle with some clearance.

Enjoy the Trails!

Cheers!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome, relaxed hike. Crossing the river wasn't too bad - it definitely looks scarier than it is. We went the first weekend of November and there was no issue, but I'm not sure how high the water is now that it's rained recently.

Very pretty trail and waterfall. Follows the river the entire way. Microspikes are highly recommended!! don't let the beginning of the trail fool you. It gets icey and rocky.

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