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Beautiful hike and a fall ( October)day going again in October 2019

Beautiful hike and a fall ( October)day going again in October 2019

Insane views. semi-steep with the occasional patch of snow approaching the lake.

Love this hike. We got to complete the whole hike to the top before the fire in 2017.

This was a thrilling and energizing hike. Wasn't too sure how to pack for this hike, (ie. Snowshoes, yaktrax, or micro spikes), but I packed my yaktraxs, and was glad I did. The last 1/4 mile was covered in packed snow. You can get away with good hiking boots alone, but the extra traction helps with the slippery accent and decent. The frozen lake was a great site, but even more amazing was all the avalanches occurring across the lake. We started our hike at 1:30 pm, and reached the lake at 4:10. We were back down at 6:45 pm. Head lamps were a must, and very much used. It was exciting to hike back down in the cover of night, and moonlight.

Hiked up about 1.5 hours at a slow pace and did not quite make it to the lake. Trail was in good condition; wet and rainy but no snow or ice. Saw other hikers both solo and in groups. Seems well trafficked for a Thursday and therefore great for the solo hiker! Lots of parking (2:00pm Thursday). Bring Northwest Forest Pass. Bathrooms still closed. Beautiful hike!

walking
8 days ago

A beautiful hike!

We hiked on 1/12/19. Clear trail most of the way with slick rocks and compacted snow near the top. We managed with athletic shoes, but more traction is highly recommended. Much colder and windy at the lake, but beautiful. High foot traffic. Bathroom is locked due to the government shutdown...

Amazing Waterfall

This was the first place we stopped on our road trip to Oregon, the trail was closed because of the fires in 2017 but the falls themselves were absolutely gorgeous! definitely a lot of people there and you really have to wait to get on the bridge but it was worth it!

Beautiful trail, we hiked it on Jan 9. Majority of hike has slushy snow on it - it rained the night before which made some of the spots fairly slick. Decent amount of steps as well as occasional rocks. Microspikes encouraged. Beautiful lake - we had it all to ourselves!

Beautiful hike

Did this Jan 2, 2019. Beautiful views! I’d say there’s not snow until 2/3 of the way up? Maybe 3/4? Not a lot but enough that micro spikes made life 1000% easier. Would be tricky to do without, especially coming down - the snow is packed down enough on the trail that it’s quite slick and you’d be sliding down. The lake was very pretty and the views were lovely the whole way up. I’d say this is moderately difficult, with the last couple miles to the top being quite steep. It’s also closer to 9 miles according to my Strava recording. Took us about 4 hours to do with a snack break at the top.

hiking
20 days ago

Completed this a few months ago. Was great.

Pictures do not do this waterfall justice! It’s beautiful and worth the long hike. It took about 4 hours to complete so to its distance but it was not a very strenuous hike. It had a couple hills but none too challenging for the everyday hiker. My girlfriend and I hiked it in mid winter and found that there were a couple more beautiful small waterfalls on the trail. Like a 4 in one hike! One of the most beautiful and our most favorite hikes of all. We’ve hiked many trails and seen many water falls and this is definitely one of our favorites because of the beautiful terrain and creeks and falls on the way in and the sheer beauty of the main falls. Absolutely stunning.

Well maintained trail. Stairs at a lot of places add convenience but feel not belonging there. waterfall first. if you feel you have exhausted less than 30% energy, go for the lake. On 1st Jan, the last one mile had snow requiring microspikes. I did without them but had to struggle a lot. Ample parking space and toilets in parking as well as when you reach lake serene. Mesmerizing view of lake serene from lunch point in winter.

Hiked it yesterday starting from the Indian Henry trailhead. As far as trails go...meh. It’s not nearly as challenging as stated above and I’m not in particularly good shape. No snow but tons of ice so be careful

The good: it’s not too far from Portland and easy to find. The old growth and views of the river are beautiful and there are some great camping spots.

The bad: it’s not too far from Portland. I went on New Year’s Day and ran into 7 people, but I’m guessing any other day of the year the place is overrun with Subaru man-bun instagramers. Also, the trail never veers very far from highway 224, So you’re always in ear shot of Kenny-ray and his big ass diesel Chevy tearin’ down the highway. Lastly, a lot of the hike is under high tension power lines.

Overall...it’s meh

AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE!!! Has to be one of the most beautiful places on this planet. Steep, but my kids were able to do it just fine.

Way too many people here to enjoy the water falls base. But the higher you go up the fewer people there are and the view improves too. Since the fire happened the trees are thinner allowing you to see more of the river and the far side of the river. I love Multnomah Falls but I wish it was less accessible to Instagram model wannabes.

backpacking
21 days ago

We backpacked in this weekend from the Salmon River TH on Welches Road. We had a late start, about 11:30am by the time we were on the trail. By 3:30 we were to the Linney Creek junction about 9 miles in. The bridge there washed out years ago and there was no way across to we set up camp in the only flat-ish spot we could find in that area just before the trail headed back up to higher elevations.

It was raining lightly on the way in, with a dozen or so water crossings that were above shoe depth. At 5pm it turned to heavy rain which lasted through the night and changed to snow about 4am. Hiking out in the morning was through 2-3 inches of snow above 2500 feet, and back to rain in the last 5 miles to the trailhead.

We spotted a family with 4 small kids about 3 miles from the TH and a father and son camping for New Years near the permit box. Seemed like there was some wildlife around the trail. We saw a lot of small to very large paw prints in the snow both on the way in and the way out along with poops of various size and composition. We never saw or heard anything from the trail though.

Overall, a beautiful way to finish out 2018, camping right on the edge of the roaring Salmon River. On the way out, there were almost 30 water crossings, some had risen to mid-calf and we hiked with wet socks and shoes for the last several miles. We did the last 6 miles of trail into Welches for a sandwichm, completing 25 miles roundtrip.

We had planned to continue past Linney Creek the next morning, but due to the sub-freezing temps, snow overnight, and the added 1400 feet of elevation, we likely could not have made the loop without snowshoes and more time than what we had left for the adventure.

We'll be back in late Spring to do the 25 mile loop and also check out Kinzel Lake trail and maybe over to PCT connection.

Easy quick hike, no ice, great time. Would love to see it in summer time too

Amazing hike. The hike to the waterfall is filled with clear ice so extremely slippery. The lake is beautiful! Try going on a clear day if you can.

For a somewhat out-of-shape 50 year-old who used to be an athlete in my younger days, this was a great test of Character. Did it solo, as at the last week before, the others I was to be climbing with had to back out. Trained somewhat before doing this hike but not nearly what I would have liked to.
Very strenuous for me. Took almost 9 hours to do the round-trip. Thought I was in the clear after I got to the top but did not realize that coming down (Using hiking poles which, in my opinion is a must) was going to hurt even more. (Oh, my knees!!)
Even so, was a hike that I will remember forever.
If you leave early and pace yourself, it will be strenuous but doable and well worth it!!

go in the winter time.

Amazing views!!

Beautiful!!!!! Work driving out from Portland to see it. About 40 minutes away from the downtown. There’s a restaurant and lounge here too. We didn’t go in, but good to know for next time. We walked alway to waterfall and had to head back as it was raining. Feet were soaked, otherwise we would have done entire hike.

Very easy and family friendly trail with pretty views. Anyone can do this trail. It’s worth a visit.

Beauty with little difficulty.

Beautiful. Trail closed due to maintenance!

The falls were gorgeous and the hike along the water was relaxing. Not technical, pretty easy

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