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    john s saved Mount Thielsen Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    john s saved South Sister Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    john s added possible hikes

    almost 2 years ago

    john s reviewed South Sister Summit

    almost 2 years ago

    john s completed South Sister Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    john s reviewed Opal Creek Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    This was our first backpacking trip. There were 2 adults and 6 children ages 7-14. Leading up to this trip i had trouble finding information about camp sites. I will share with you what we found.
    There were a few campsite options about 2 miles in at Merten mill(where the first bunch of old mining equipment is), if you don't mind everyone entering this wilderness hiking by your site.
    Once you get onto the kopetski trail another 1/4 mile down the road( take a right over the wooden bridge), the forest is real dense and we didn't notice any suitable areas for a camp until just after slide falls(2 3/4 miles into the hike).
    This is where we camped(slide falls) and the site was big enough for 3-4 small tents. From here until opal pool the forest thins out and we saw 5(maybe 6)
    other sites suitable for camping that would accommodate multiple tents.
    On the gravel road we only saw 2 small sites suitable for only 1 tent, these also were just past slide falls.
    None of the pools or waterfalls are marked except opal pool. We never did find sawmill falls (somewhere in the vicinity of merten mill).
    We did find slide falls, only because other people were there. We all had a blast playing in the pool and going down the slide. In the afternoon it got really crowded, so I would suggest getting there early.
    I hope this was helpful to future backpackers.

    john s completed Opal Creek Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    john s completed Trail of Ten Falls

    almost 2 years ago

    john s reviewed Trail of Ten Falls

    almost 2 years ago

    This was my first hike of the season and i was pretty tired at the end of it. I've hiked a lot at silver falls but this is the first time I've hiked the trail of the ten falls, it was well worth it. My favourite falls are the double falls and the lower south falls. The trails are well maintained and tend to be crowded near the parking lots. I would rate this hike easy-moderate.

    john s reviewed Diamond Lake

    almost 2 years ago

    This is a fun 11 mile bike ride with great views of Mt. Bailey and Mt. Thielsen. At times you ride right alongside the lake and other times you ride through the forest away from the lake. I rode this trail 5 times on a 8 day camping trip. At first the hills are a little bit challenging but you get used to them pretty quickly.
    My 9 year old daughter and 7 year old son completed this ride several times through out the week.
    The north west corner of the lake is swampy and infested with mosquitoes, and as long as you keep moving they can't get you but if you have to stop, they eat you alive. By myself the ride took 45 minutes. with my 9 and 7 year olds it took 2 hours.

    john s completed Diamond Lake (John Dellenback) Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    john s reviewed Hamilton Mountain Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    john s reviewed Beacon Rock Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    The views on this hike are breathless, but the view from the top is disappointing because it was obscured by bushes and trees.The hike is easy and barely took me an hour round trip including a 20 minute break at the top to eat lunch. I wouldn't hesitate to take my children on this hike, even though it took me longer to get here than it took to do the hike.

    john s completed Beacon Rock Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    john s saved Eagle Creek Trail [CLOSED]

    almost 2 years ago

    john s reviewed Mount Thielsen

    almost 2 years ago

    john s reviewed Mount Thielsen

    almost 2 years ago

    john s reviewed Mount Thielsen

    almost 2 years ago

    This was my first summit and I had a blast. I was determined to climb it, even if I had to do it solo. As it turns out I went with a friend who has climbed Mt. Thielsen before and I was glad I did because sometimes it was hard pick up the trail.
    We reached the top without climbing gear but I would recommend against this unless you are an experienced climber. The views are stunning.
    The most difficult part of the hike was the scree fields. Take your time and watch every step you take and you'll be fine. It took us two 2 1/2 hours to summit and the same amount of time to make it back to the parking lot.

    john s completed Mount Thielsen Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    john s reviewed Eagle Creek Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    My 12 year old daughter started this hike intending this to be our first overnight backpacking trip, however by the time we drove out there we talked ourselves into just taking a hike to see what this trail was like. We hiked all the way to tunnel falls. It was beautiful and we had no problems making the distance. Next time we will definitely camp over night.
    There are many beautiful things to see on this trail. I do suggest getting there early to make sure you find parking, especially on the weekend. I would also hesitate to take really young children because the trail does have steep cliffs at places

    john s completed Eagle Creek Trail [CLOSED]

    almost 3 years ago

    john s reviewed South Silver Falls at Silver Falls State Park

    about 3 years ago

    We hiked this trail 10 + times last summer. We like the lower south falls better. We have four children ages 2-12. The 2 year we mostly carry in a backpack, but the other 3 children have no problems at all. If you like water falls, this is the place to go. Once you get on the trail past the upper south falls it's not as crowded.

    john s completed South Silver Falls

    about 3 years ago

    john s reviewed Table Rock Wilderness Area: Table Rock

    about 3 years ago

    Awesome views from the top. My brother and I completed this hike with 7 children ages 6-13. A little challenging in places for my 8 year old princess, but she had no problem going the distance. We wisely left the baby home with her mother. Make sure you go on a clear day. We were able to see all the way from Mt. Ranier in the north to the three sisters in the south. It took us 2 1/2 hours to get to the top and 2 hours to get down. It can be done quicker, but with the kids we weren't in a hurry.

    If you come to an area where you aren't sure which direction to go, look around, there was usually a small sign nailed to a tree pointing the way.

    Will definitely go again. Maybe we'll see you up there.

    john s completed Table Rock Trail

    about 3 years ago