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    T. J. banker completed Iron Mountain Trail

    7 days ago

    T. J. banker completed Plaikni Falls Trail

    8 days ago

    T. J. banker completed Cleetwood Cove Trail

    8 days ago

    T. J. banker added theilsen view

    29 days ago

    T. J. banker completed Wizard Island Trail

    29 days ago

    T. J. banker reviewed Rosary Lakes Trail

    29 days ago

    1st let me start by saying this is truly an Oregon gem, right on the PCT too. I think this trail needs an update though. As of 7/17/18 the gondola is out of service. Secondly, this trail is NOT easy. Maybe you could rate that to the first lake, but if you go further to the end of the red trail path. It gains quite a bit of altitude and is basically following diamond ski runs up the mountain. It also states that after the 3 lakes at the junction with the PCT, that this is the highest it gets. Not so, this is where the trek gets the toughest and I would rate it as moderate; in comparison with other hikes of equal difficulty found on this app. If you have kids, don't go past the 3rd lake. If you are in shape and in the mood, go for it! The view at the top chair lift is incredible, with views of Diamond peak and Odell below. Just be ready for a decent 11.7 mile round trip. Great trek!

    T. J. banker completed Mount Scott Trail

    29 days ago

    T. J. banker completed Watson Falls

    29 days ago

    T. J. banker completed Toketee Falls

    29 days ago

    T. J. banker completed Rosary Lakes Trail

    29 days ago

    T. J. banker added Elijah Bristow

    about 1 month ago

    T. J. banker completed Whittaker Creek Ridge Trail

    about 1 month ago

    T. J. banker completed Proxy Falls Loop Trail

    2 months ago

    T. J. banker reviewed Goodman Trail

    3 months ago

    Good hike! Although if tying in to Eagles rest hike, be aware that there is about a 2 mile section between the end of Goodman and start of Eagles rest. According to my William Sullivan book it is 14 miles total when combined. I didn't find this out until after second guessing my internal odometer and read my book once reaching the top of Eagles rest. Fairly difficult altogether, but well worth it. There is a cool mini fall and log bridge on Goodman and a timber hut used for old pack trains back in the day; if you continue up to the rest. That's when you know you are in track. It gets tough after the second trailhead across the road, but keep plugging. The view is well worth it from the top!

    T. J. banker completed Goodman Trail

    3 months ago

    T. J. banker completed Eagles Rest Trail

    3 months ago

    T. J. banker reviewed Eagles Rest Trail

    3 months ago

    I started this 14 mi. total round trip hike at the Hardesty/Goodman trailhead on Hwy 58. Separately Goodman and Eagles rest are moderate, but if you link them they are more difficult. Goodman ends at an unmarked campspot next to a mini falls. This is where it's mileage is calculated I believe. I kept plugging along past the 2 trailheads, one is about 2 mi. and the upper is .7 mi. from the top. Very gorgeous view from the top and well worth the full trek. Very rewarding when you're done.

    T. J. banker reviewed Horse Rock Ridge Research Natural Area

    3 months ago

    Just finished minutes ago and it is a great hike with awesome views of at least 5 peaks in the cascades.
    It is true that it is unmarked and harder to find the trailhead, but in William Sullivan's book he gives the easiest directions.
    Set trip odometer to 0 at the parking lot for shotgun creek park and continue up the paved road for 5.7 miles. Stick to all "paved" forks to the right. you will pass a rock stockpile on your left around the 4mi. mark. Continue, on the "paved" road till just between 5.7 and 5.8 on your odometer. LOOK LEFT... you will see a gravel spur road, take it left and park in one of the 4 spaces avail. Hike the spur road to a rock pile and head through the chain link gate. You're there man.
    Lots of log hopping on the trail to deter OHV use. Great uphill grade until after the meadow, then there are some steep ups and downs. The last is pretty steep, glad I had my trekking poles.
    At the top expect views of Jefferson, sisters and diamond on a clear day. Enjoy lunch in a shady outcropping and the birds and wildlife around you. Good hike altogether, maybe not the best for kids.

    T. J. banker added log hoppin

    3 months ago

    T. J. banker reviewed Tamolitch Blue Pool via McKenzie River Trail

    4 months ago

    Nice and easy hike along McKenzie river. Not a lot of elevation change, so good for all skill levels. Beautiful payoff at the end, if you go during waterfall season. Not too muddy and had some nice rocky spots. Another great, but popular Oregon waterfall trail. Had the falls to myself at 8am on a Sunday, but ran into quite a few groups on my way back in. Still a must see Oregon destination.

    T. J. banker reviewed Trestle Creek Falls Loop

    4 months ago

    Great not as well know waterfall trail feat. two falls. The hike is fairly easy, moderate rating I believe is due to the uphill section for the first two miles to the Upper falls. Another reason, and I'm surprised not more people mention. The trail around behind the falls, from below facing it, looks as if the trail has been washed out. I weighed risking it, as I am 260+ lbs. and was hiking alone. I decided to forge on and was glad I did. Around the bend just before going behind it does get very hairy, especially with how wet and muddy it was at this point and time. I took it slow and was careful with my footing. To those who question if it's passible; it is, just watch your step, it's well worth it. Going behind is what makes this into an approx. 5 mi. loop and gets you back to your car, shortly after meeting up with Bryce creek trail. Don't forget to checkout the lower falls just before the end.
    Great hike! Worth the drive and not too busy early morn. in later April.

    T. J. banker completed Trestle Creek Falls Loop

    4 months ago

    T. J. banker reviewed Trail of Ten Falls

    4 months ago

    Falls, falls and 8 more falls. This is one of the premier locations in Oregon for waterfalls per square mile. If you love waterfalls, a good moderate hike and Oregon greenery, this is a must see. Giant waterfalls all along the trail with some opportunities to follow the trail behind the falls. Great photo ops, and spots to stop, relax, and maybe eat some lunch. The only negative is the popularity of this State park. Lots of people on trail and many out of towners. Good excuse to meet some new people though. If you aren't into that, hit the trail early to avoid the crowds.

    T. J. banker reviewed Middle Fork Willamette Path from Clearwater Park

    4 months ago

    This is a decent path, not trail. It begins at Dorris ranch on the main trail that you follow to the river, through the orchards and forest. Once you meet with the main "path" it is a wide newly poured concrete walk. It is clean and nice, and it follows the river, with scenic views and a few benches for relaxing. It is more of a Sunday walk path and not much of a hike. Still beautiful though and nice to get down to the river without having to drive out of town.

    T. J. banker reviewed McDowell Creek Falls Trail

    4 months ago

    This is a somewhat short and easy hike. There were a couple cool bridges and catwalks in front of the two falls on trail offering spectacular views of them. The trail was a bit muddy in spots and had some snow along the edges, but the only difficult part was the stone steps. I decided to do the route in reverse so I hit the stairs on the way down. May be easier to go up the stairs than down. There are some picnic tables and firepits down by the river. You can make a day of it and have some lunch alongside the river in a beautifully green surrounding.

    T. J. banker reviewed Drift Creek Falls Trail

    4 months ago

    This trail is another awesome hidden gem. The trail itself is fairly easy to moderate at points, as it had some downed trees and bush across the path. I hiked the weekend of the windstorm in April 2018. The suspension bridge was great, I was expecting more movement, but it only had slight bobbing with only me on it. Very sturdy and well built, with a perfect view of the gorge and falls below. Keep going down the trail after crossing, as it switches back down towards the falls for a front row view. Very powerful, and pools were filled and raging at this time of year. Hike back is all up hill, but not bad at all. I had the place to myself early, but passed many people coming down on my way back up.

    T. J. banker completed Drift Creek Falls Trail

    4 months ago

    T. J. banker reviewed Mount Pisgah Outer Loop Trail

    5 months ago

    Pisgah is less busy than Spencer's butte and a nice change in scenery. This route is also less crowed as the more popular trails(1 and 17). It gives chance to exchange pleasantry, but doesn't overwhelm the trail with crowds of people. This path also cuts out the steep gravel section of trail # 1, but in exchange it offers an almost steeper and slightly muddier(in winter) section on 4, just before it meets back with 1. I am 270 lbs. and with my trekking poles, had no problem tackling this route up Pisgah. It ends with the same sweet payoff, a beautiful view of the three sisters and other cascades mountains on a clear day, as well as the Willamette valley below.

    T. J. banker reviewed Sweet Creek Trail

    5 months ago

    This trail is off the beaten path on the way to the Oregon coast, just off hwy 126 before Mapleton. With that said it still gets busy. I arrived at 9am and had the place to myself, but as I was leaving the small parking lot was filling fast. The trail is family friendly and fairly easy as you meander through older growth and ferns on a dry path. Along the way you find catwalks anchored directly into the rocks along the banks, with the river flowing just below as you walk.
    With a few falls along the way and a great payoff falls at the end, this trail is worth a stop on your way to the coast.