Just did some of this trail today. Absolutely amazing views. We didn't know Oregon had this to offer. We are no strangers to difficult "non-stroller friendly" trails but we hiked this one with our large wheeled stroller with our two year old... not recommended. It's a moderately difficult hike to begin with but with a stroller it was down right hard. So much so that we just had lunch at the top and returned. We hope to come back and finish once our kid is old enough to walk on his own. Our seven year old did fine. Lots of rocks... Wear good boots. Not for the faint of heart (steep dropoffs with 12" footing, no fall prevention) I'm not a runner but I'd say this is no running trail!

Once you get on top it looks pretty flat... still lots of rocks on the trail.

The campground is nice, has a nice off leash area for dogs! I wish Oregon Parks would be more friendly to "walk-in" campers. Who plans thier trips so far in advance to know which days to stay where? Kinda takes the fun out of it no?

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! As of today 3-25 it was slightly muddy. The drive there was a lot more muddy than the actual hike but I also drove way in and didn't start at the actual trailhead.

Great views from the top. Deer and birds, trail in great shape. Nobody else on the trail over the Thanksgiving holiday.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike. Mostly easy with some rock scrambling, cliff edges, creek crossings. The scenery is well worth the trip. The road getting there is really rough. I would advise a good clearance vehicle.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike. Been a couple of years since I have done this hike. Awesome views at the top.

Most of the hike was on top of the bluff. The vegetation was juniper & sage which covers most of central Oregon & so therefore pretty "ho-hum". One-and-a-half miles of the trail over look down into the gorge. This can cause a bit of vertigo, but worth the view...this is why it only gets two stars.

A great hike with spectacular views.

Awesome, great for a group of friends

hiking
11 months ago

This was a geology hike led and sponsored by the Deschutes Land Trust. The hike began in an area of volcanic tuff (pyroclastic flows) at the trail head and ran 1.5 miles down to Alder Springs and Whychus Creek, which is an area of sedimentary deposition. There are several hoodoos above the Springs. This hike did not cross (ford) Whychus Creek. After the ford, the trail continues another 1.5 miles to the confluence of Whychus Creek with the Deschutes River. Be advised that you pay for the walk down with a climb back out of the canyon, but it is not too taxing.

Awesome. Beautiful views, 1st mile is difficult the rest is very easy.

hiking
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Easy hike, great views, very rough road to trailhead.