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hiking
4 days ago

Phenomenal hike!!! It was warm and sunny in January!!! Lots to see in the first and gorgeous views of the cape and ocean! There some slight up and down. There were some muddy spots but kind of fun to try and get over. At least that’s what my 12 year old step son said. Bring good hiking boots. Great for the family!_

Went on a Cold Sunday morning hike. We took the Kopetski trail loop and came around the back side of jawbone flats. No worries you end up on the same trail you start on. We started our hike at 11 AM and got done at 2:15 PM. We only saw two other groups of hikers until we started to head back, then it was a bit more crowded, but no problem as it’s not nearly as bad as the summer time. Dress warm/layers as you are hiking in a canyon that gets very little sunlight and it’s cold until you warm up from hiking. We stopped for a small lunch at jawbone flats and had to layer back up before we got going again. Love this place. BRING CASH OR CHECK for parking. And if you can spare it, the town takes donations too, and once you see how pristine they help keep the town and trails you’ll want to donate. Great hike for all ages and skills but the Kopetski Loop is a little more rugged and step, would not recommend for little ones or people with old knees. Enjoy.

hiking
4 days ago

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

backpacking
4 days ago

easy hike with a wonderful ending!!!

Didn’t make it to the falls, vehicle was not sufficiently equipped for snow. The road leading to the falls is paved and narrow, and currently has a decent layer of ice and snow. Vehicles without snow tires or chains should proceed with extreme caution.

hiking
5 days ago

One of the most beautiful hikes in Oregon. Jawbone Flats is an incredible site to see.

Not a fan of the road getting there, but the falls are amazing and totally worth it all.

it's a long haul but well worth every minute of it.

Nice variety of terrain, from tall covered forests to ledges and open crossings. Peak has great 360 views of Lake Chushman and Sound.

Incredible all around

Very interesting how the water flows out of the rocks.

Hiked June 15, 2018 for the first time. Trail is muddy and slippery in quite a few spots. The trail surface is very irregular- lots of tree knobs and roots so that you had to watch your feet at all times. It might be an easy hike by elevation gain, but the condition of the trail, and attention needed, definitely makes this trail a moderate. The view is beautiful at Cape Falcon.

Definitely a moderate difficulty trail but the views are well worth the hike. Obviously easier with snow shoes during this season but my husband and I hiked it without and we survived!

hiking
11 days ago

Went and hiked out to the waterfall with my wife on 4 Jan. Trail was muddy is some spots, but nothing severe. The suspension bridge was fun to cross and I enjoyed the lower view of the fall, which is going strong this time of year.

The hike was short and easy, even with the optional North Loop trail. Boots recommended.

Beautiful easy hike. The elevation is gradually and comes on at a steady pace. Took my wife and kids. Ages 5 and 6. My one year old went into my Phil and teds carrier and onto my back. Highly recommended.

hiking
12 days ago

Hiking this trail in the winter is the way to go if you want to skip the crowds. It was the perfect little hike for a winter day.

Easy hike that had two beautiful waterfalls on it! The first one pours over a cave like structure. You can walk under the first waterfall but the cave does not that much clearance and tends to be muddy but it’s a fun little cave to go into. The second falls are much larger and you can see that one from a distance on a high ledge where the trail ends. Beautiful. You can climb down off of that ledge to get to the foot of the water but it gets pretty sketchy in winter. Beautiful hike.

hiking
15 days ago

The waterfall is beautiful. I have gone there many times and every time it continues to blow my mind. The falls and hike change with the seasons. Beautiful beautiful.

Not worth so much mud. The trail is in poor shape because it sees heavy use and is naturally muddy. The end viewpoint is nice, but no better than the many nearby roadside pullouts on 101. Not bad, but very, very average.

backpacking
16 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.

hiking
18 days ago

Attempted to summit Dec 30th but turned around at the top of the chute. There had been heavy rains all the day before and the snow was very wet. We were a bit uneasy about crossing the stream in the chute when the snow was so wet and unstable. Would recommend bringing snowshoes and using a vehicle that doesn't have problems with snow or pot holes.

hiking
18 days ago

Fantastic hike with great views! I would do this hike over and over again

hiking
18 days ago

i went out a couple weeks ago, and could not drive to the bottom. i have a lil sedan, so i just pulled off the side of the road and parked. even parking a ways up, the hike was totally worth it! the road down is a lovely walk.

Such a beautiful hike!!! I’ve done it a few times now lots of fun..

Didn’t plan on doing at 7 miles. But it was a beautiful loop!! Went through the old mining areas which was cool. Not many swimming spots.

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked in light rain and the trail held nicely. The North Loop was in good shape also. The approach road was easy in a rental sedan: paved all the way and about 16' wide. That said, I wouldn't try to get a camper up here: tight turns, low branches, and very little turnaround space at the trailhead. Loved this hike.

Hiked this one back in June of 2017. Snow on the trail. Road up was a little bumpy. Once you start hitting snow the trail can be difficult to find in spots. We used microspikes in June. It was sunny, and once we broke out of the treeline sunglasses definitely came in handy as the snow was blinding after awhile. We stopped at sort of a false summit where I succumbed to my fear of heights (and hunger). I will certainly be back now that I have more experience to try this bad boy again!

easy 2.6 mile hike. highly recommend it. the waterfall was super pretty and the bridge above it was very neat!

hiking
25 days ago

Really pretty trail, and not too crowded. There was quite a bit of mud but that’s to be expected, and the views at the end are fantastic!

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