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Fun, quick, and pretty steep. Made for a great workout with beautiful views at the top of Mt. Hood. There was snow over a significant part of the trail, which made for slow going, but our pups loved it. We began our hike around 9 AM and only met one other couple on the way up. It was considerably busier on the way down.

This hike was pretty nice! My friends and I went 2 weeks ago and it was overcast and a bit rainy, but it was a good hike!

NOTE: Watch your step! There was upwards of 10+ newts on the trail that blend very closely with the leaves and twigs on the ground!!

The hike had some nice points, but around mile 4, we hit a ton of brush and didn't go much further because the trail didn't seem to go anywhere else.

I would say it is more of a easy hike, but moderate in length of walking if anything. It was actually nice of a cooler day!

I recommend!

Excellent hike and views; could be more parking

The view at the loop is so rewarding!! The trail is really easy until just past the permit box at the edge of Salmon-huckleberry Wilderness, where it really heads uphill. PERFECT on a sunny day.

We visited Trillium Lake for sunrise (5/22/18) and then did the lake loop. It was incredibly beautiful.

I love hiking, and this was a hard one! A lot of elevation gain, but the view is most definitely worth it! We did not take kids, or pups on this hike, and I'm glad we didn't. Be sure to wear good shoes, and consider layers, as you may be cool in the beginning, but the work will warm you up quickly!

This trail was really beautiful. I went yesterday 5/21/2018 and it was really warm! I could have worn shorts! First off, the trail head is across the street from the parking lot, to the left of the brown sign. The trail is pretty rocky with lots of steep slopes, so running this trail is a little challenging at times. I saw about 5 snakes. Three were red and black, two were black and yellow but they were definitely more afraid of me. None were even a foot long, just be sure to keep your eyes peel so you don’t step on them.

Throughout the trail you are walking besides a very gorgeous view of the Clackamas river and when I came back, nothing sounded better than jumping in because of the heat. Bring a swim suit in your car or jump in by the raft dock when you get back to the parking lot, as the river is mellower in that area if you’re a good swimmer :)

Did 5/21 - unfortunately wasn’t able to do the whole loop. I took the counter clockwise way up via elk. Trail was very snowy! Not sure what I expected. Either way I made it up to the top but once I started my way down on the loop there was way too much snow. I tried to follow the faint tracks left in the snow but eventually my feet sunk in about a foot deep one too many times along with the stress of trying to stay on the trail so I turned around. Maybe wait a month or two for some more snow to melt? The views were gorgeous at the top though! And I saw one other hiker the whole time. Would love to do the loop by even the out and back was great. Definitely broke a sweat but not too challenging physically.

9 miles RT from trailhead to falls. nice elevation intervals, dogs did well except one got lost in the overgrown shrubs at one point. nice flowers, small parking lot.

5 days ago

great hike. trail is a little iffy in places. Not a good trail for small children that's for sure. Not crowded at all. we saw maybe 10 people.

5 days ago

As Rachelle Lee mentions below, the road is still covered with a decent amount of snow – but it's much more passable now. We had to park ~0.7 miles from the trailhead, but it's not exactly a difficult walk in. We weren't, however, prepared for the amount of snow on the trails themselves. We'd intended to do the Top Spur -> McNeil Shelter -> McNeil Point hike, but Timberline Trail #600 still has deep snow that makes for rough going, and significantly obscures the trail. We're newbies, but we managed to use the topo maps to get a few miles in before things went somewhat awry with my hiking partner's shoes. We managed to find our way off of Timberline Trail #600 over to the Pacific Crest Trail, which is supposedly closed at some point that we didn't run into. Views from the PCT were absolutely breathtaking, and it felt very rewarding after the slog through the snow.

Most disheartening wasn't the snow or the fact that I'd chosen today to train with a 40 lb pack, though: while on the PCT section heading back toward the trailhead, I found two deer ticks crawling up the outside of my pants, and one on my bag. Make sure you're wearing long pants and boot socks at a minimum, and check for ticks when you get back to your vehicle. Lyme disease can literally take years to recover from!

Wonderful hike, nice and shady, and going on a weekday makes for a not too crowded adventure. One of my favorites with an amazing waterfall!

Spent Tuesday night at the camp and hiked most of the trail — very serene, easy and quiet! Didn’t pass one other person. I’d definitely recommend this as a really decent spot to take a peaceful, easygoing stroll especially with your dog.

I hiked this today after cycling all the way up from estacada- great workout if crowds bum you out this place is for you not another person anywhere!

Nothing special.

Intense uphill, but I’m a beginner hiker and made it up in about an hour. Steep/cliffy in some areas.

Beautiful little hike along a river to spectacular falls. I’d love to go again on a week day, the trail was very crowded.

The road is still covered in a good amount of snow. Had to park a bit from the trailhead because our 4x4 wouldn’t manage. Due to lack of time we hiked through the snow for 45 minutes and had to turn around. So we didn’t make it to the trailhead. Looking forward to being able to complete in future.

Went yesterday. Was a good hike and a AWESOME waterfall! Very busy .Phone track said 4 Miles round trip.

Very fun Hike! Laid back, and a great waterfall!

Absolutely beautiful trail - there were many spots for photo ops, and the waterfall is stunning.

4/5 stars because the trail is poorly marked which becomes problematic in snowed areas. The road to the trail and first half mile of the trail were fine. The deep snow began shortly after and makes it difficult to make it to the summit. My boyfriend tried his hardest to redirect us while I verified previous hikers foot prints, it didn’t work for long. We made it about 2/3 of the way up until we decided to quit. Super upset and wishes I had researched the trail more.

Road and trail open. :)

Loved the trail and beautiful hike. My German Shepard pup loved it and did great on the trail. My car got broken into so just take extra care. When I parked there was a lot of glass on the ground and more so after my windows were broke so just take extra care with your pups paws in the parking lot.

12 days ago

Road still closed and has about 6 inches of snow most of the way. Not many people there. Lots of trash and dog poop, please pick up after yourself!

It’s a good early season hike.

17 days ago

I tried to get up to welcome lakes but didn’t feel
Like climbing over anymore logs on this day and a t storm was brewing. Still a nice hike, elk creek is beautiful and the burn areas are very interesting to look at

Well maintained, moderate trail. Beautiful views all the way to the end. Two bridges, lots of great photo ops. Loved every minute of it.

Excellent hike! The trail is across with road from the Fish Creek parking lot.

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