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hiking
6 days ago

The first 4.5 mile was between easy and normal. However, the last 0.5 mile was hard. It took us 30-45 min to compete last 0.5 mile. The Lions Lakes is a reward ! we swam and took a nap before return. 6 hour to compete + 1.5 for photo, swimming and napping.

backpacking
10 days ago

Perfect Beginner Backpacker 3-Day Trip.

Don’t camp in your car the night before hitting the trail. Ranger Rick didn’t like that at all. Otherwise the trail follows a highway for the first two days. The second day you stop by Big Basin HQ where you can reload on any food or gear you may need. Even have showers. Third day you leave the highway sounds and follow a creek that leads to the ocean. This is the most rewarding and beautiful day. (Camped at Waterman Gap and Jay Camp)

Apparently the shuttle no longer exists. We hitchhiked to downtown Santa Cruz and then 50$ Uber’d to our car at Castle Rock State Park.

Weather was never permitting long sleeves, even at night. The shade under the tree groves was perfect, no chance of getting sunburned. Mosquitoes were heavy though and had to remain in our tents any time we weren’t moving.

backpacking
13 days ago

looks like it dropped right out of a book. amazing place!!!

hiking
16 days ago

The hike is mis-rated as "hard". It's an easy hike for experienced hikers/backpackers. For the less experienced day hike crowd it's a moderate hike. I absolutely loved the scenery. The show stopper though is when you reach the top of the trail there's a sharp turn that unveils the lake. Simply breathtaking. Stopped me in my tracks.

With that said, if you're not partial to rocky trails and lots of loose rock and gravel, this is not the trail for you.

Great hike, great workout. If your going to do it as a two-day hike I recommend going counterclockwise and staying at sawmill campsite and rest up for the shorter yet more difficult last leg of the hike which is almost all uphill. The water was down quite a bit when we were there even though we got rained on for about 50% of the two day hike. There were a TON of crazy looking spiders that kept weaving webs across the trails too which was frustrating. I felt that I was constantly waiving a stick in front of me to try to avoid them. I definitely recommend trekking poles (two of them) for each hiker unless you're an extremely experienced hiker. I slipped and fell pretty hard once on a slick rock even with poles. The sawmill campsite truly feels like you're out in the middle of nowhere and you can forget about the port-a-potty at that campsite. FULL of spiders and nastiness. Otherwise very beautiful hike.

We just took a short hike to the water fall. The trail is rocky so have good hiking shoes and trek poles . Some place can be very slippery even when it has not rained in some time. Going in and coming back out has some changeling part of the trail but over all worth the hike down to see the falls.

backpacking
28 days ago

Great hike. Wild flowers and butterflies abounded. We took our time and did it in three days hiking counter clockwise, Tuesday thru Thursday. First night at Jack Lake. Kind of ok for swimming, doesn’t get deep enough and you sink down to mid calf level in the muck. As stated previously it is very windy and the fine silt blows right into your tent through the mesh. Best to camp back by the parking lot in one of the spots with a picnic table. More protected. Day two Canyon Creek Meadows was amazing. This made it worth every dusty hot step we had to take getting there. We saw four mountain goats-including a mom with her baby. The glacial tarn is beautiful and the views restorative. Second night at Wasco Lake. Mosquitoes weren’t too bad, and we were the only ones there. Great Lake to swim in-not too cold-gets deep quickly. Really enjoyed our afternoon lazing in the sun after our swim.
Hiked out on day three. On this portion of the trail the mosquitos we’re bothersome whenever we stopped for a snack or rest. If you bring your dog-definitely get booties to protect their paws. We met one poor dog at 2:00 p.m. near the end of the trail, and it was hiding in the bushes trying to get away from the heat and hot sandy trail...I hope the owners turned back, as they were just heading out for Wasco Lake.

camping
28 days ago

Did this trip as our first overnight backpacking trip in mid June. Hiked the little over 8 miles to Linney Creek Trail and camped at the site there right next to the river. The water was great through a filter. The trail never got too steep and had a few beautiful view spots. There were many creeks on the trail as a water source as well.

Love this Hike, it's beautiful no matter how far in you hike. I recommend going all the way to Wildcat Falls if you have the time.

walking
29 days ago

Pretty. The drive up was very scenic. The fresh blue water of the river was very relaxing to sit by. I even got enough courage to soak my feet in it. Very refreshing!

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked up 2 miles to Tom Creek where I was greeted by a picturesque waterfall. The trail was beautiful and shaded with a gentle climb.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful views and great swimming lakes! We hiked it clockwise spending the first night at Wasco lake and the second night at Square lake. Overall a great hike but be prepared for HOT sandy trails that will burn dog's feet on hot days (it was 95 degF). Bring gators for sand. 90% of this hike is in the burn/full sun, only 10% of this hike is in the shade. Plenty of mosquitoes on the PCT between Santiam pass and Wasco lake. There's not much water between Santiam pass and Koko lake so bring a lot of water or fill up when you can. Wasco lake was crowded with hikers and mosquitoes. Square lake was awesome with no people and few mosquitoes! I'd recommend this hike, especially on days cooler than 90 degF and after mosquito season is over!

hiking
1 month ago

I’ve only hiked a portion of this trail but this forest needs to be seen to be believed. So much natural beauty. I hope to go back someday to see more.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did this in a leisurely 7 days in mid-July. The scenery was spectacular and the trail was well-engineered and well-maintained. A few things to keep in mind:
- Be prepared for 100-degree temps at this time of year.
- Most of the trail is 50-100 feet above the river, so don't expect to use the river for midday drinking or swimming. There are many campsites by the river, though. At this time of year, there were still plenty of creeks crossing the trail for drinking water.
- Poison oak is everywhere.
- Outside of the designated camping areas, and even inside them, there are few level places to pitch a tent or even to sit down. You're always on the side of a hill. I was glad to have a hammock instead of a tent.
- In many places, you're walking a narrow trail on a steep scree hillside, which can be intimidating.
Beautiful place though!

Really nicely maintained trail. Parking at the trail head is crazy and please be a good human being and buy a northwest forest pass. Awesome waterfalls.

on Lyons Creek Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike but definitely moderate not hard. In addition to the lakes the meadows and wild flowers through the first few miles are beautiful. Start early!

backpacking
1 month ago

the first half of the trail is beautiful and we'll maintained. I saw no one after the first five miles or so. however the second half of the loop clearly has not been maintained in the last 10 years or so. you will be pushing through dense brush for a few miles. both of my water bottles were pulled from my pack at different times by branches. there are also very few places to camp after the 9 mile Mark. however there are ample opportunities to refill your water bottles. I likely wouldnt do the full trail as described on this trail.

Beautiful hike! I hiked it counter clockwise all in one day. Definitely recommend taking more than one day to do this hike, especially in the summer. It was very hot as most of the hike is not shaded due to old burn areas. Absolutely love this hike though, one of my favorites!!

Did this again on weekend of 6-29-18. Has become my early season Sierra stretch out. Really nice and bugs not bad. No trail hassle with deadfalls, but make sure you get into your trail camps early to get a decent pitch area. Not a solitude destination with road noise and weekend campers at Big Basin, but a great trek nonetheless.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Trail is now dry so no more slop (as of July 7). I think it's a very different hike when wet vs. dry - would rate this "moderate" vs "hard" during dry season, although the last half-mile up to Lyons is pretty steep.

Lots of wildflowers and super pretty right now!

I did 20 miles of this trail last summer. It was rugged terrain with elevation and many challenges for a first time hiker. The scenery was breathtaking. We woke up one morning at dawn to a deer grazing 5ft from our tent. One she left, we were visited by a coyote. I'm hoping to go back so that we can hike the glacier.

My son and I did the Collins Gulf trail on a beautiful July weekend and spent overnight at Sawmill Camp backcountry camp. Instead of the loop we did down and back on this trail with full packs. This is a great variation of rock hopping, switchbacks and slight elevation forest trail. The elevation change was almost 1100’ over approximately 5.2 miles, most of which is in the front end from the trailhead parking lot. So down was not bad but back a different story.

This is a strenuous hike as plotted. I would recommend doing the loop rather than down and back if you do as a two day. Gulf trail down and rim trail back.

Did this with 3 of my family members and a friend, decided to cut a mile off the hike by going down a "equestrian trail" what a mistake. As we got to the bottom sign reads not advised for hikers. this is mostly a downhill hike all the way. Very hard on the knees. Got to the point I thanked God for any up hill parts of the hike. Beautiful scenery. I say go for it. I am 55 years old.

Lovely mix of terrain. Mostly flat trail hugging the river. Great views. Mossy trees. Alleged black bear sightings, which we luckily avoided.

This trial has everything you could ask for! From stunning views, a vast array of flowers, swimming holes in the creek, great rock climbing spots and of course Lyons lake itself!!

I have been to most lakes in desolation and have a couple favorites this one being top 3!! The last mile or so was a bit tough but you get the awesome waterfall views and mountain backdrop that make it an easier ride! Have fun out there !!

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous, unique, enjoyable hike! Not too much elevation change. Left from the HOH visitor center and hiked three miles to the waterfall and back. Gorgeous views of Olympic and the hoh river with its unique color. Recommended!!!

anyone planning on hiking the entire trail in one trip? I really would like to do it but I don't really want to go at it by myself,and if anyone has already done it I'll take some pointers on where I can resupply on food and whatnot along the way. thanks!

My husband, 11 year old son, and myself tackled this one last summer. It was our first through hike. The trees were enormous and we found the scenery inspiring. the camp grounds were easy to find and well maintained. We had no problem refilling water bottles at the camp sites. At the end there was a moment of of wonder and achievement as we caught site of the ocean.

I just wish there had been an easier way to find the trailhead and some way to call a shuttle at the end as we had no cell reception and had family “guessing “ when to pick us up.

on Rogue River Trail

backpacking
1 month ago

Hands down my favorite backpacking location! I have done it 2 years now and it has become a yearly tradition. Every day offers gorgeous and unique scenery. Just be cautious of the ticks and poison ivy which are everywhere!

IF YOU HAVE A DOG I highly recommend putting dog boots on them for the extremely rocky areas until you get to Blossom Bar. Last year I made the mistake of not bringing boots for my 45lb dog and his feet were really beaten up even though he has pretty tough paw pads and hikes often.

My husband and I hiked about half of this trail. We came from the upper trail head to Chinook Falls and back. The first 3 miles was through beautiful forest but didn't change much. We started late on Friday and got a very nice camping spot right on the creek about 4 miles in. The next day we hikes to the falls and WOW! Beautiful scenery all the way around! Great waterfalls along the trail which we loved! We were going to stay a second night but our summer sleeping bags weren't quite warm enough, so we decided to make the trek back. Our second day hiking I feel like we over did it a bit but we survived lol. The trail was heavily trafficked and there was some people who had no camp/backpacking etiquette we stopped at a site where we considered camping for the second night and we are making our lunch and eating and have all of our stuff out and some people just walked right into our campsite to use our access point to the creek didn't say anything to us at all. Which my husband and I thought was weird and rude. Bottom line beautiful hike would recommend- also don't go into someone else's campsite that's just not cool.

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