17 hours 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
1 month 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
2 months ago

Low Effort, High Reward.

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

hiking
3 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
4 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!