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
1 month ago

Low Effort, High Reward.

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

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Hurry if you want to see the wildflowers. The weather was perfect today for mountain views. Not much traffic on the trail (McCoin Orchard trail head). The 'rough gravel road' to get up there is pretty gnarly from the heavy rains this year, and I was very happy I had AWD with my old Subie!

Gorgeous hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Access road to the trail head is pretty rough, shouldn't be driven without a high clearance vehicle.
Trail is clearly marked and easy to walk on in most areas. Going down into the canyon is easy, the way back is the work but it's not bad. Not much shade along the way so bring lots of water/hat. Be aware of ticks and rattlesnakes. You'll have to cross the creek to continue on the trail. The end of the trail has large ponderosa pines and huge boulders to sit on along the Deschutes... this is a great place for lunch or to dip your feet in the water. Lots of cool rock formations, wild flowers and the creek to see along the hike.

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?