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    John M reviewed Juniper Peak Summit Trail

    4 months ago

    Outstanding view up top but would NOT recommend right now. Mosquitos! Tons of them!! Even with bug spray, they'll lay siege to your ears, nose... one even flew straight down my throat. Seriously. There are very few breezes (which also means it can get hot) until you get to the very tippy-top, and even then a couple still tracked me down. Tenacious buggers! And it is fairly steep, so unless you're built like a mountain goat, you'll be like me - huffing and puffing and a total easy target. The steepness lets you run down the trail on the way back though!

    The trail is rutted due to motorbikes, but I've seen much worse in the area (and I didn't run into any on a Saturday afternoon). The drive to get there is fine - there are many weird 'speed bumps' along the last 4 miles of road (some on blind curves - very annoying). If I were driving a sedan I might've worried about scraping, but I saw a car had made it just fine so what do I know. But yes, the view is worth it... maybe just a wait a couple weeks for those bugs to clear out.

    John M completed Juniper Peak Summit Trail

    4 months ago

    John M reviewed Mount Hebo

    6 months ago

    Did the hike from the Hebo Lake CG. The trailhead is a little tricky to find... it's not near the fee area. Past that there's a "Camp Host" sign, then on the right (just before the Exit sign) you'll see a meadow and a hiker's kiosk where you can park. The trail is a narrow path on the left edge of the meadow, heading into the woods. This version is maybe 7-8 miles roundtrip, 1300-1500 ft gain?

    Trail is in great shape and heads through some very pleasant forest, full of green growing things and wildlife... there's even nice little wooden signs with nature facts! There's some flat sections and random steep parts, but overall it's a steady moderate grade headed up the mountain. You have to cross 2 roads and there is an unsigned junction, but it's pretty easy to navigate - just keep heading 'straight' and you're fine. Near the top there's a downed tree but you can easily detour around it using the nearby road (you'll see).

    I heard there's supposed to be a lot of wildflowers at the summit meadows, but that's not the case yet... some nice patches of lilies, at least. Still probably several weeks to go. A good number of (early) spring flowers on the way up though. The coast was fogged over and it was smoggy towards Portland, so didn't actually see much - definitely save this for a clear day.

    John M completed Mount Hebo [CLOSED]

    6 months ago

    John M reviewed Hardy Ridge

    6 months ago

    Good quiet trail for a different view. As others mentioned, the way up is uphill all the way (although the trail is in good condition), and gets steeper the closer you are to the top. You'll want some good directions as there are several junctions to navigate (although the signage is pretty good - look for "Hardy Ridge" on the way up, and "Equestrian Trailhead" on the way down).

    Most of the hike is on wide dirt/rock paths (abandoned roads, I think) through dense forest and while it's pleasant enough, to be honest it gets a little monotonous after a while since this is a longer hike, especially on the way down. On the plus side, there's an insane variety of wildflowers to see, all along the path in spring & summer (as in... right now!)

    There are few views until you get to the ridge itself - but if you have the energy, make your way up the full summit. There's an unsigned path heading upwards from the top of the "official" Hardy Ridge trail. It's a bit rough and tumble, with some steep-ish ups & downs, but there's a very nice viewpoint on the way even if you don't make it to the final summit. Worth checking out at least once!

    John M completed Hardy Ridge

    6 months ago

    John M completed Badger Creek Trail

    7 months ago

    John M completed Blue Mesa Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Williams Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Wildcat Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Waterhole Canyon Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Horseshoe Bend Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Cape Royal Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Bright Angel Point Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Wupatki Ruin Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Lava Flow Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Island Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Big Park to Bell Rock Pathway Loop

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Fern Canyon Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Klamath Overlook

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed No Name Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Cliff Nature Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Boy Scout Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Ptarmigan Ridge Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Lake Ann Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M reviewed Table Rock Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Table Mountain itself is beautiful. The view of Mt Hood + the rest at the top is beautiful. Not beautiful? The recent clearcuts surrounding the wilderness. Still, the view is worth it & would maybe be one of the best in the PDX area imho if it weren't for the bald forests. If it's clear, Rainier, St. Helens, Adams, the Three Sisters, Hood & Mt Jeff are all visible - especially the last two. Super nice.

    Probably snow now, but great in early summer for wildflowers. Plus, one of the cleanest trailhead bathroom facilities I've seen in my life. You could practically eat off the floors (but uh... don't).

    John M completed Table Rock Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Cascade Head Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M reviewed Indian Heaven Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Not spectacular, just really... pleasant (in the best sense of the word). Steep climb at the beginning, but very nice on the Indian Heaven "plateau". Very park-like, pretty lakes, some peekaboo mountain views (Mt Adams is the major one, with Goat Rocks & Mt Rainier in the distance), tons of huckleberries, lots of places to camp. The Cultus Creek section of trail is especially steep (even on the way down) and narrow, but is kinda neat because you get glimpses of how high up you really are.

    Buggy as expected, but no mosquitos (as of 8/19). Roads are partly paved and gravel/dirt (very dusty) but in good condition. Even with a lot of parking spots in the campground, none open when I first got there on a Saturday. Popular!

    John M completed Indian Heaven Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Lower & Upper Twin Lakes via PCT

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Pinnacle Peak Saddle Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M reviewed Kendall Katwalk Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Guess I'll go for the minority opinion here - it's crowded, most of the trail has highway noise, & about 2/3rds of it is viewless woods... and for such a long trail, that kinda stinks. (Also, it's closer to 12 miles round-trip and 2600 ft gain to the "katwalk" itself; maybe 14.5 miles if you're going to the lakes).

    Of course the mountain views are neat once you get there, but not uniquely or spectacularly so. It is an impressive engineering feat for sure. One of the best trails around Snoqualmie Pass? I'll bite. One of the best in the state? I'd say not.

    There was a pleasant little stream about 1/3 or half-way in where you can filter water. Also, the last 1/3 of the hike is on exposed rocky slopes and if it's hot like it has been this summer, this section is like an oven in the afternoon, despite the elevation. On the way back people much fitter than me looked beaten down and were asking if they were close to the top.

    John M completed Kendall Katwalk Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John M completed Benson Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John M completed Cone Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John M reviewed Burnt Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Parking lot full Friday around noon, had to park down the road. Trail in good condition; just a few muddy spots and creek crossings, no biggie. First couple miles or so the grade is spread out and easy. Listen for a waterfall - a short side trail to the left leads down to it, nice place for a break. Last mile up is a little steeper. The description above is incorrect, it's more like 7 miles RT to and from the lake, and ~1500 feet gain.

    The lake is great - more scenic than Mirror Lake imo and a little less crowded (still, it's a lot of ppl packed in a relatively small area). There's a rough & tumble access trail around the lake; kinda overgrown and not much to see. For great views of the water with Mt Hood in the background, you'll have to tromp through one of the probably-occupied campgrounds (or take a dip) on the far/west side of the lake. If you snag one of these good spots it's a 5-star destination; come early and/or on a weekday if possible.

    If you continue up the trail to the top it's a 5-star view for sure, up on Zig Zag Mtn. That'll make it 2200+ ft gain & around 10 miles RT all together. More than worth it.

    John M completed Burnt Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John M completed Hidden Lake Overlook

    over 1 year ago

    John M completed Trail of the Cedars

    over 1 year ago

    John M completed McDonald Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John M completed Mud Volcano Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John M completed Old Faithful Geyser Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John M completed Grand Prismatic Hot Spring

    over 1 year ago

    John M completed Boiling River Trail

    over 1 year ago

    John M completed Artists Paintpots Trail

    over 1 year ago