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Located twenty miles east of the city of Portland, Oregon and the northern Willamette River valley, the Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to Olallie Scenic Area, a high lake basin under the slopes of Mt. Jefferson.

SOLITUDE!!! Not another hiker and only an hour from Portland?!?! Unreal. The directions given on here are a bit weird. There a few different ways to start. Don’t start at the point given on this app. You can keep driving practically the entire way. I plan on coming back another weekend and doing a little off-roading and exploring.

The downer is that the viewpoints aren’t that great, and no waterfalls. Also...lots of gunfire

Beautiful and scenic hike to do in the winter time; but the difficulty level goes from easy to moderate when there’s snow and ice.
A “must try” hike, when snow has fallen!
Micro spikes or something similar highly suggested!

Gorgeous views and easy enough for a beginner (like myself) at snowshoeing. Would head back for sure and would like to explore on x-country skis next time.

Lots of up and down which we like. Beautiful views of the river. Easy enough for our 4 year old but not boring.

You absolutely need traction devices on your boots. We passed person who fell and possibly broke a arm. It's a ice trail over rocks and tree roots so I recommend two treking poles to help prevent tripping, snow shoes that don't have a aggressive track on the side won't get a good bite over rocks. There was a back up at the boulder field from unprepared hikers without traction devices. My wife used micro spikes by Kahtoola I used ice trekkers diamond grippers by yaktraks. If cost if a factor check and for kids check out Stabilgear brand of microspikes at P-rkrose hardware for $19.

My girlfriend and I went on a beautiful day hike with plenty of sun and 40º+ weather. Overall, we enjoyed the hike. Here are some facts and opinions: You follow the Clackamas River most of the entire way, the sound is never far away. The road is about the same. Powerlines are also there to say hello several times throughout the way. The old growth groves are impressive and there are also a couple other tree groves that you'll go in and through along the way that make for nice variation. The hike is just moderate by any non-paved standard. There are several nice little falls along the way, with the big one at the end being the finale. They are nice and pretty, but definitely not "more impressive than Multnomah Falls".

We did find a few poo'bags but besides that it was appreciably trash free. Some mud on the trail, nothing crazy... but white tennis shoes will get a taste of the wild.

Overall, I recommend this hike as somewhere to go to explore and not be too picky about everything always being perfect.

Very beautiful (especially with all of the snow), but always very, very crowded. There’s a reason it’s the most popular hike on the mountain!

Some overgrowth once you hit the power towers, love that you're walking right along the hillside often.
You get a clear view of The Narrows but once at the falls you don't got much of an area besides standing to look.
The best place is .3 before the falls when you cross the Creek on those rocks.
All in all good for those wanting to try more than 'easy' but in my experience the ending wasn't too grand.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice and easy to get to. Pretty forest scenery with sounds of the "river" for much of the hike. I didn't see any this time of year, but it sounds like this trail may often be primarily used for mountain biking. As a hike, its closer to moderate difficulty. Note that the trail is actually much longer than shown here, and the red line representing the trail on the map here is very generalized. See the Forest Service page for more info.

My first Oregon trail to hike. Really pretty Hike with a gorgeous waterfall at the end. Hiked this trail in September. Perfect weather that day

Trail was busier than I expected for it being a weekday but great hike nonetheless. Snow was packed down, using micro spikes made it much easier but could be done without them. Trail is in excellent condition and easy to hike. I didn’t see any dog poop or trash like other reviews mentioned but the first half mile did have orange peels dropped every few feet on the trail...

Overall, not a bad hike at all. Pleasant meandering among old growth, great views of the Clackamas river, not too far from Portland yet not crowded...HOWEVER....the trail offers nothing truly spectacular, and about 1/3 of a mile of it is almost directly ON highway 224. The worst is the trash and sketchy tweaker cars parked at random trailheads along the way, waiting for you to leave your vehicle alone for several hours

Such a pretty hike, and the falls are amazing!

snowshoeing
8 days ago

Love this hike!!! It was way more then 1.9 it more like 5 1/2 miles almost 6 , still total worth it , you can take a way quicker way to the lake but the loop around is gorgeous. We snowshoed in for fun rentals only 15$ not bad at all .kids could total make it only one big hill at the end .

Definitely a moderate difficulty trail but the views are well worth the hike. Obviously easier with snow shoes during this season but my husband and I hiked it without and we survived!

snowshoeing
9 days ago

We completed this trail with my family yesterday 1/6/2019. Beautiful trail, lake was totally frozen, we could walk all the way across the lake. You have to park at SkiBowl and there are two parking lots - one for SkiBowl and other one near Mirror Lake Plaza. I parked in SkiBowl parking and I don't know if snow park permit is needed in this space.
Trail is pretty wide, well groomed and we found many people on the trail. Path from parking lot to the trail-head is well behind the freeway and I wasn't bothered by any noise from freeway. It looks like they put up new plaza, restroom and new trail pathway from parking to trail-head. Overall nice trail.

Pretty hike. Walked up to Lower Twin on a very packed trail so there was really no need for snowshoes until we walked around the lake which no one had been on since it had snowed. Then walked up to Upper Twin and toward Barlow pass and I was glad I had snowshoes for that part.

This is a great winter-time hike! We took our 5 month old puppy to experience her first snow and we couldn’t be happier. The views were amazing and there was plenty of snow to play around in.

Gorgeous hike but microspikes are a must if you go during this time of year.

Hiked on Jan 1, 2019: no parking fee, no bathrooms at TH, well-marked trail, parking lot fills quickly on wknds, Trail closed/gated at Ponytail Falls. This was a quick beautiful hike (1.5 miles RT) to Ponytail Falls.

beautiful even in the winter. highly recommend microspikes.

beautiful views await you on this trail - however, there are slippery spots and microspikes are highly recommended!!

Beautiful with all the snow! I wasn’t as fit as I would’ve liked to be so maybe I’ll hike it in the summer. Adding snowshoes makes everything harder. Disappointed in how much dog poop was on the trail :(

Kids enjoyed the hike and played in the snow.

snowshoeing
10 days ago

We snowshoed this trail on a Saturday morning. There were a few people there when we left the car, and by the time we returned to the parking lot (before 11:00), it was packed. The total length for the trip was 5 miles, with the additional miles from the sno-park.
The lake was covered in snow and pretty. The view of Mt. Hood was spectacular.
The path trail was very hard packed snow and ice. You don't really need snowshoes for this trail. A lot of people were out there without. The trail was pretty crowded.
I prefer a little more solitude hiking and snowshoeing. This would be a good beginner trail. You don't have to worry about getting lost and the scenery is pretty.

Very pretty. Little slippery at parts. Good trail for this time of year.

Easy hike for my first snowshoe adventure. I could have hiked it today without the snowshoes but wore them anyway for the practice. Great views especially with all the snow cover. I even ventured out on the lake. It was frozen solid. Highly recommend checking this hike out this time of year.

Pictures do not do this waterfall justice! It’s beautiful and worth the long hike. It took about 4 hours to complete so to its distance but it was not a very strenuous hike. It had a couple hills but none too challenging for the everyday hiker. My girlfriend and I hiked it in mid winter and found that there were a couple more beautiful small waterfalls on the trail. Like a 4 in one hike! One of the most beautiful and our most favorite hikes of all. We’ve hiked many trails and seen many water falls and this is definitely one of our favorites because of the beautiful terrain and creeks and falls on the way in and the sheer beauty of the main falls. Absolutely stunning.

snowshoeing
13 days ago

Lots of sledding close to the parking lot.
For snowshoeing I would suggest walking close to the river for the best experience!

****THERE IS NO LOOP AT THE END POINT OF THE SHORT OPTION AS THIS TRAIL RECORDING SHOWS, don't waste your time trying to find it. Just turn around****

With that being said this trail was beautiful! Rocky and icy at points. There was snow when we reached certain areas of higher elevation, about an inch. Follows the river for quite some time, passing over many small streams that get bigger as you go on. Very green. Lots of dogs (which I love). We only went about 5 miles (10 total) in and didn't see any signs of any animals. Well saw some coyote prints at the end of our almost 5 mile inward trek, knew they were coyote because no other human footprints anywhere close. I recommend!

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