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Not a trail that you can take a stroller but the kiddos ranging from 5-11 years where able to walk the trail carefully of course.

this trail IS NOT open until end of may. beautiful area but gate closed and still a ton of snow

It was definitely a city hike, but it was fun. I would say it was an easy hike.

The Oneonta Falls are CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE due to the massive Columbia River Gorge fire of 2017. Please check the link below for updates.

Very beautiful path. I was on a road bike and it’s nice that the paths keep a rolling gate to them and that the signs for when to walk your bike were easily visible.

gorgeous views, decent bird watching from time to time, and best crowded place to walk briskly the loop is 3miles. great place to workout, or catch up with friends and family.

I love it here there is usually ample parking. the magnolias are stunning right now!

Fantastic falls! Short hike with great payoff! Good for families (youngest is 10). Bring your camera!

Muddy this time of year, but a nice trail. Fun little bridges. There are paper maps at the trailhead and I was able to extend this trip quite a bit. There are several trails that connect to this one. Not too crowded. Occasional urban camper; no one bothered me.

27 days ago

Quick walk in the mornings. Great way to start off your day.

1 month ago

Excellent hike with stunning views on a clear day! Tough incline heading up, but well worth the views. Snowshoed in mid- March

Great trail, I wouldn't go as far to say it's "Moderate". It wasn't a difficult hike. nice scenery and once I got up to council crest for the first time, the views were great I soaked them up for a couple of hours before I decided to hike back down.

The trail itself was ok... nothing to right home about. The view from Council Crest was beautiful, but pretty crowded!

This convenient, but heavily used, trail in the West Hills near downtown Portland leads to the iconic Council Crest Peak. On a clear day there are great views not only of the city, but also Mt. Hood, Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Adams.

1 month ago

little slick

does anyone know someone to contact for a reopen date of this trail?

1 month ago

easy to get to for a quick and easy walk. the falls are a nice place for a quick rest before turning around. looked like the trail went on although we didn't go past the falls. looked like a nice place for fishing along the trail and swimming just past the falls

Great views and a really nice trail, hard hike but a good challenge

Being in the city can be stressful and having access to green spaces like this are invaluable to mental and physical health! This is a great place to walk to get your fill of chlorophyll when you can't get out for the weekend. Most trails are gravel, which means access for those who have difficulty walking. There are numerous benches along main paths to stop and rest if needed. You are able to get both green and blue scenery with trails that lead to Lake Washington. You do have to cross under ST 520 to get to the lake but the bridge construction will soon get rid of the walking tunnel under the bridge and make it more pleasant. 4 stars for accessibility and only one star off for the noise of the cars, but hey in the city that's a given!

2 months ago

Snowshoed on a clear day in January. Followed previous tracks up, and blazed our own trail coming back down. Quite steep at the final ascent, but manageable. View from the top was breathtaking.

2 months ago

my sister and I had a great time hiking here. it was a little muddy but I think it had rained the night before. overall, it was beautiful.

2 months ago

By following the existing trail forged by those before me, I went straight up - round trip with some wandering around at the summit left my GPS showing only 2.98 miles. Snow was an icy pack the whole way up. Summit would be fantastic... On a day without a complete whiteout. Still worth the trip, great length and strenuous for a weekend day hike between breakfast and a late lunch. I look forward to going up in the spring.

Words and pics by Ian Smith
Eventually we choose the Pine Tavern at Bend (Oregon) for food and what a choice. Right in the middle of the restaurant are two mature pine trees growing out of the floor and straight through the roof. While I ponder how the roof might be sealed, Lorraine checks out the wine list until my gaze is taken by the lovely garden that tilts toward the Deschutes River.
The birds are loving it; a robin hops around the plants in a vigilant search for insects while a flock of waxwings are having a wonderful time at the bird bath as mallards paddle back and forth in the river. It feels like you’re part of nature without even leaving your table. The tasty food gets us thinking about what else to do and we decide to have a crack at Sparks Lake.
Sparks is renowned among photographers as being a place to get a good shot but, as is always the case, you have to get the weather right......that’s where Lorraine, the weather goddess, comes in.
It’s not that far from Bend up the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Highway and, as we pass Mount Bachelor, the local ski field, it’s so hard to imagine people skiing over a rugged lava flow; just doesn’t seem right.
We’ve a bit of time on board so we slip into Todd Lake first. It’s a 4 km stroll around a placid lake and, while it’s nice and there’s some interesting bird life, we’re hoping for better at Sparks.
To get into Sparks it’s a twisting road with, at times, corrugations and bumps, the like of which we’ve never seen in America where just about everything is sealed road it seems. In fact, you have a less than 1% chance of driving on one, according to statistics. Still, our hopes of a reward at the end aren’t dashed though the weather goddess has let me down a little because of a breeze coming across the lake.
Its potential is easy to discern however, South Sister and Broken Top stand stark in the background, ready to cast their images on a millpond should it transpire and, since it’s a while before the earth spins around and delivers darkness, we first amuse ourselves watching a chipmunk letting some birds know just who’s in charge of discarded apple. The frenetic energy they forever display never ceases to warm us to their ways; oh that we should be able to scurry as fast.
We then look in other directions and start to wander down past the lava fields. Where once the flow from Mount Bachelor cooled it formed a barrier to the heated rock still flowing beneath and, in places, it rose up to 70 feet like a giant loaf of leavened bread.
The level of the lake is low, the snow season wasn’t great and, it hasn’t rained much since, so you can walk some places where you’d normally get your feet wet and thus we follow a narrow band of sand beside the lava wall.
You can see how good this place could be but the ripple, however small, frustrates us so we have to be content with the leg exercise and the occasional snap. Still, it’s a pleasant afternoon beneath a virtually cloudless sky and we reach a point where the realization dawns that it’s pointless to walk any farther around this strange body of water with no known exit. Somehow, somewhere, it just drains slowly.
We’d returned nary 50 metres before we were rounded up by a young couple, she of boundless energy demonstrated by practising rock climbing techniques up and down the lava flow with mind blowing dexterity. In leaps and bounds reminiscent of a mountain goat did she ascend with a confidence borne of youth. As we waited expectantly for a slip she continued to confound us with her suppleness.
The entertainment over, as quickly as it eventuated, we idled back to the carpark and stepped back to our original viewpoint. The breeze was faltering and two other photographers were waiting in anticipation so we deigned to join them and everyone’s optimism turned out to be justified.
Though we didn’t get an atmospheric ruddy glow we got a crystal clear sky with classic mirror reflection. South Sister and Broken Top were haze free and it’s easy to see why there are so many shots on the internet of this spot. In the stillness we were mesmerized by the natural beauty of the setting. Oregon just keeps on delivering.
We drove home satisfied, we’d seen and digested much without travelling too far today.

2 months ago

perfect easy hike, I suggest you keep on going after checking out the falls!

Great hike but there were some pretty icy spots. The view of the falls is not what I was expecting but I’d do it again.

Absolutely stunning! Not a great view of the falls though.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike for snowshoes. Trail is covered so you’re at the mercy of the previous snowshoer who picked a pretty spicy grade up to the top.

2 months ago

Great trail. Took my kiddos ages 12 and 9 they did awesome and enjoyed the hike, I think their favorite part was seeing a bald eagle.

2 months ago

Great daily walk! It is beautiful and accessible in all seasons and weather. Does get crowded on holidays and when weather is good.

3 months ago

I hiked up and around Cline Butte on a "mostly sunny" late January day.
This was my first visit to this area and I was unaware of the fact that Cline butte is less a hiking destination than a mountain biking and OHV one. Thankfully, there was no traffic (on either 2 or 4 wheels) during the 2.5 hours I spent on the trails. If your primary objective is to walk/hike, you may want to take this into account before heading out (maybe having a plan B).

I parked just on the shoulder of SW Cline Falls Rd. I saw two entrances but skipped the first (southernmost) one as it had "private property / no trespassing" signs posted and what looked like an abandoned/disabled vehicle just inside. Instead, I parked by the second/northernmost entrance (a little before and across the Juniper Trail trailhead). This is also the entrance that provides access to the rock/gravel pit/quarry... so another thing to keep in mind if the quarry is in operation (it wasn't on the Saturday I hiked).

From the entrance, i found the first dirt road on the left (southwest) and continued on it until it reached a barbed-wire fenced area. The road then turns north and follows the fence. After a while, a large opening in the fence lets you through and you can quickly turn back west, following power/telephone lines. This section is mostly flat and dishes out the usual high-desert fare (must be rather hot and dusty in the warmer months).

Around the 1.1 miles mark, a single track trail on the right marks the beginning of the ascent. This is (based on the videos I saw on Youtube later) a mountain bikers' favorite. The trail is rather steep and cut more for bikes than 2-legged creatures; it reaches the top in about 1 mile and starts providing sweeping views to the southeast to the northeast on the way up (good excuse to catch your breath).

The top of Cline Butte (the southernmost of three summits) is a closed-off government facility; however, a narrow trail goes all around the chainlink fence and covers the 360 degrees panorama above the plateau. Clouds were snagged on the Cascades summits when I got up there but the views to Broken Top, the Sisters, Washington, Three-fingers Jack, etc. must be quite nice on a clear day.

From the top, there are many different ways to get back down through a combination of rocky dirt roads and single track mountain bike trails. I opted to head straight north to the summit of the middle butte and down the other side. This opened up a very beautiful vista towards the Smith Rock and Ochoco mountains area, essentially following the spine between the two southern buttes.

The rock quarry is at the base of the northern butte on its eastern slope and I decided to avoid that rather unappealing section, returning by the side of the second butte in a south-easterly direction.

The descent from the top of Cline butte is rather steep (again a reminder that these roads/paths) are not intended for hikers and a bit of caution will avoid slipping here and there.

The whole loop was just about 4.5 waterless and mostly exposed miles (bring water and sun protection)-- a short but rewarding adventure considering the absence of vehicular activity that day.

I gave only 3 stars because of the overused feel of the route... the views on a good day would very likely deserve more.

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