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backpacking
3 hours 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.

Completed this hike last Friday (October 12th) and weather was perfect, sunny with a little chill in the air. The last mile was the hardest by far but well worth the effort!

Completely loved this hike. Perfect weather yesterday, sunshine and no wind. I won’t lie, this was a hard hike for me. Loved the bouldering but the ridge line of ash kicked my ash. Fantastic visibility granted us a glorious view of the crater, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt.Hood and what we think was Mt.Washington. It was incredible. The hike down was hard on tired legs but we found the rocky trail below Monitor Ridge was easier than the boulders. Wonderful. Best hike of my life!

hiking
1 day ago

Awesome hike! First time on this trail but will definitely go back. If you follow the trail around the perimeter of the lake it comes in right at 5 miles....took us about 2 hours. We did this hike today...gorgeous fall colors and spectacular weather. I’ve never seen water so clear before....and the submerged tree stumps still standing from the volcanic damming of the McKenzie river make looking into the water even more amazing. Definitely recommend hiking the trail counterclockwise otherwise you may miss the views of the 3 Sisters from the north end of the lake (if you go clockwise they will be to your back)....they will come into view shortly after you go past the northern most point of the lake on your return to the Clear Lake Resort parking area and trailhead. This is a very easy hike and one well worth the time!

The last 6 miles to the trailhead requires a high clearance vehicle and lots of patience. I read the road was rough, but this was ridiculous. I was stuck twice and had to turn around. I later spoke with a ranger and he said he wouldn't take his vehicle up there and that most use an ATV to access the trailhead.

The trip was still beautiful and I did a lot of exploring. Just wished the road condition was better publicized.

hiking
3 days ago

The lake is now 1/3-1/4 of its maximum area. An interesting gradient: warm sun and fat dragonflies on the east beach vs. hoarfrost and ice in the Linton Creek mouth.

My brother & I hiked this trail and it was yet another GREAT and WORTHY hike for sure.
There are some pretty AWESOME views on the way to the ASTOUNDING looking waterfall and is also a very good hike because the journey back has different views and is a different cool trail because it's a loop hike.

P.S. There are some GNARLY potholes on the way to the parking spot but as long as your aware of how and where your driving even a compact car like mine is able to make it without damaging your vehicle.

Just went on 10/13/18. The trail and views were absolutely beautiful. The area is isolated, we did not meet anyone on the trail or road despite it being the weekend. However, my hiking partner and I had to turn back halfway through the hike after hearing a growl. Uncertain what the animal was, but it was loud and close enough we didn't feel safe. Be cautious!

I can confirm that the directions for parking and getting to the hike in the comments below are accurate.

hiking
3 days ago

Very beautiful with fall colors. Falls were alittle weak compared to other times visited, yet just as beautiful and worth the drive!!

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike and fairly easy. Ramona falls is gorgeous and a lot bigger that expected. Highly recommended.

My wife and I left from Devils Lake at 7:30am. The temperature was cold, which made hiking easier. The last 1/2 mike had snow which had turned to ice overnight. We had Yac Tracks, but it was still sketchy. It was really windy through that section and some people were turning around. We kept going and the views did not disappoint. A difficult yet amazing hike.

Great loop hike. Beautiful views.

this hike is amazing... I did a sunrise hike. started at 3 am and the sky was clear and the stars were brilliant. still needed a headlamp since there was no moonlight. There was a lot of ice right at the start of the screet, is what I think people were calling it. This was my first time hiking it and I did it solo so. I went up the climbers side on accident and summited on the east side if Teardrop pool so I missed the part to turn off to the west side. Still had spectacular views. I was scared AF because I didn't have ice gear. but was able to fit my feet into prior hikers grooves. I did have winter boots with extra grip but it was still very sketchy. maybe in the afternoon is would have melted a bit but just a heads up! Enjoy!

hiking
4 days ago

This hike was pretty crowded on an October day. It starts out as paved, but turns into a rocky and dirt trail shortly into the start. It can be pretty slippery at times. It’s very beautiful and you get to go behind waterfalls.

The view from the top is a 5 star. Three fingered Jack is spectacular. Lovely view of Jefferson with lakes and Washington at an interesting angle. Starts with a dense forest of deciduous trees and color changing shrubs and ends with alpine meadows. 2 miles in between are a blowdown corridor that is a hassle to navigate. Worth it for the view. Wear bright colors in the fall as hunters were also on trail.

You are pretty much walking through Lava the vast majority of the time. Pretty neat area if you have never been here before, not much of a repeat type of hike but certainly one that you need to do at least once.

Gorgeous fall colors of the leaves contrasting with the surreal blue of the ice cold lake water. Easy hike, almost flat, about 6 miles. It was a bit crowded even on a Friday early morning and parking can get challenging.

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absolutely beautiful and full of different types of scenery. there was limited visibility at the top when we went, which added to the feeling of being in another world.

mountain biking
6 days ago

Ominous Thanksoeouy

on Cooks Ridge Trail

hiking
6 days ago

The old growth forest section of this hike is otherworldly.

Very picturesque and mild hike. The elevation climb was gradual that it felt very easy. It was an overcast day so we kept a good pace. The river crossing was easy since the water was low. The falls were smaller than I imagined but still quite beautiful.

This is a great afternoon hike. The Ridgeline trail is a great warmup for the hike up to the butte. I like to do the full Spencer Butte loop to make it a lollipop loop.

hiking
7 days ago

Definitely a favorite trail! Interesting and beautiful views. For sure would do this one again.

hiking
7 days ago

Road: Came in from the south, many big rocks in the road for a one lane road, so never able to go over 15 mph. I had to move maybe 5-6 rocks out of the road. At Milepost 8 you will see a very small road 877 off to the left that is very steep and maybe 300 yards up that road is the trailhead. I don't recommend cars with low clearance on the very last part of the road. You can either park at the bottom and hike up or bring a different vehicle.

HIke: First part of the hike has bear grass, rhododendrons, chinquapins, vine maple, huckleberry and oregon grape under an old growth canopy. It is excellent. I went the 2nd week in Oct and not only did I only see one person, the leaves were turning brilliant colors especially the vine maple. Hike is uphill the entire way but not too steep until right at the end. Keep going and look for the cutback trail that goes up to the very top. It can be easy to miss. Once almost at the top , you have almost a 360 view. If you continue the last 25 yards to the top, you have a complete 360 view but you have to climb a bit over some rock and coming down was a bit more challenging. It has spectacular views!

backpacking
7 days 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!

Pretty cool hike! Not for the faint of heart. My friend didn't make it to the top for her fear of heights :( However, it was rainy and she didn't have very stable shoes on. There are some spots that have great lookouts even better than the very top. So if you are nervous, you will still see some amazing views even if you don't go all the away up.

It was lush and beautiful. Watch out your step though. Some spots are dangerous for unexperienced hikers. We lost the trail after 4 miles due to fallen trees and other things blocking the way. It’s easy to lose the trail if you do t know where you are going.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful hike at any season. This is a gorgeous and unusual lake. Just hiked this during Fall and it was beautiful lit up with color against the blue of the lake. Hike is longer than reported (about 7 mi/not 4.5). The trail seems a little different than when I hiked it 15y ago. Maybe it was rerouted. Watch out for bees.

I'm afraid of heights but due to other Hikers, they helped me overcome. There are rails to hold on to as you go up the path if you need to sturdy yourself. I was grateful for such a trail to allow a novice like myself to enjoy the view. The trail kind of wraps around the Rock and one spot was just a little too much on the edge for me. But the value of the many Hikers worked perfect for me as an encouragement. Beautiful sights the whole way!

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