Lovely hike. Warning...if it says you will FORD the creek, believe it. We didn't bring water shoes so didn't get to finish the hike. It is an easy ford with water shoes. One gal forded barefoot .

The road in is VERY rocky and a good clearance vehicle is recommended. The road said it was closed due to fire in progress. The fire is over and there was no equipment on the site. We will try it again with water shoes this time. I gave it a 4 because I didn't get to finish

29 days ago

great views of Central Oregon. no wind today. amazing hike. Hiked the loop trail to summit and back down service road. Awesome day

Cove Palisades state park is a hidden gem, great facilities, lake, picnic, boat rentals, etc. The hike is 7mi round trip from trailhead parking. You can park is lower lot and head towards campground….saves 1mi and trail runs right next to the lot. Nice views from the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Good views at the top.

Recently hiked this trail (7/29/17). It was beautiful, and we saw so many animals including a doe, a rabbit, lizards, vultures, etc. I recommend doing this hike early in the summer because of the heat and there is no shade once you reach the loop. The elevation gain is all at the beginning of the hike and the bulk of the trail is flat. Great views of Mt. Hood, Bachelor, and the Three Sisters, as well as the amazing green color of Lake Billy Chinook.

Hiked to Creek crossing but was more like raging river so could not cross--too deep & swift. Would try again in Fall. So, did not see best part of trail on 7/26/17

Really hot and long to do in July. Probably better in a cooler season.

I'll second Charyl's review. "Low Effort, High Reward."

hiking
3 months ago

Low Effort, High Reward.

Beautiful view of Lake Billy Chinook from the top. Great hike!

hiking
4 months ago

We did it as a family we all loved it and even had a picnic at the rim. We can't wait to do the trail again in the fall. Great views. Great family time.

Rocky not a running trail. Wonderful River must ford the river at about mile 1.5. 5 mile dirt road into trail head. Pretty rough in places.