hiking
1 day ago

Great hike. It’s a 10+ mile up hill grind until the peak. Under tree cover until the top. Great views at the dome. No issues trail finding. No mud/snow first week of june.

hiking
3 days ago

Awesome, easy trail! My group got there about 11 and ended up walking back at around 1, on our way back there were a few groups so I would recommend going earlier or later in the day.

hiking
rocky
snow
7 days ago

The 360 view at the top is absolutely stunning but the trail is not 8.6 miles like the app says. From the parking lot to the very top, it winds up being between 11-12 miles (according to my health app). Overall the hike is quite a leg-burner and my group and I did the entire thing in around 4.5 hours. Would definitely start in the morning on a sunny day as you will be pouring sweat by the time you get to the top! Lovely hike :)

5/28/20: We were looking for something quiet in the Opal Creek wilderness. This trail is actually French Creek Ridge. Road 2223 is paved for 4 miles with some logging going on. Road 2207 is gravel and gets more narrow the higher you go. It wasn’t terrible, but there are some potholes, rocks, branches, and a fallen log that barely provides passage with a sheer drop on the other side. My Jeep made it, but I don’t know if a larger vehicle like a truck could. It was definitely sketchy in that one spot. The trailhead parking is spacious. We were the only ones there. This trail from the start was obstructed with branches. It was muddy and gave way to snow within a half mile (see pics). I would have loved to go on as you could tell the views would be great (they were from the road), but we were breaking through soft snow up to our knees in places. When we came to a place that was snow as far as the eye could see, we called it. I will come back, and kudos to the hiker who did this in April. Wow. This trail needs love regardless. It is as overgrown as the reviews suggest. I love remote and wild though and will update upon return.

hiking
rocky
snow
10 days ago

May 17, 2020 Great hiking trail, long and very hard some snowed patches pretty high elevation that makes the final view point totally worth it!! At the beginning when the trail splits you want to go up to the right (trail to the left goes along the creek but it ends at about a mile) we took that one first, came back then headed adding an extra 2miles to our hike that day. Clara R

Trail is in good shape and the view from the top is simply incredible. Add this to your list of hikes to do. Most of the trail is shade but the top is exposed so if it's a super sunny day bring sunscreen and water if you plan on taking a in the view while eating lunch.

hiking
10 days ago

Fun, TOUGH hike. Views would be amazing, but hiked on a cloudy day. More like a 10 mile hike from car to peak to car. Pretty much shaded the entire trail. Being at the top was fun, very windy and up pretty high. Small patches of snow about 4 miles in. Nothing to worry about, still very easy to navigate.

This is a great easy trail with serious reward! There are about 7 legal parking spots at this trailhead, please don’t park illegally- that kind of behavior is what causes trails to be shut down— plus it makes it extremely hard to social distance on the mostly narrow trail. The 1.5 miles before the trailhead have some serious potholes. It’s very do-able (drove it in my fully built out Promaster van) but requires some pothole navigation and a bit of ground clearance. Trail is easy and lovely with a very small amount of elevation gain. The last bit before the waterfall is narrow with a steep drop off so watch your dogs/little ones. The waterfall is absolutely gorgeous. A few muddy spots on the trail but no big deal.

Great hike. May 23, 90% of the trail was covered in snow. Many downed trees. We couldn’t make it to the second lake because the snow was too deep.

Did this last summer with my dog and it’s definitely worthwhile - quiet with plenty of switchbacks and good views at the top.

hiking
17 days ago

Pretty god, calf burner for sure. Low traffic, but it was a rainy day. I'm sure the views would have been great. Well marked despite the snow. Snow was annoying in some parts, but I was able to navigate it in just hiking boots.

hiking
blowdown
scramble
20 days ago

There are some patches of snow around 2-3miles easy to navigate after that is smooth sailing to Dome rock. Great hike really leg burner.

hiking
23 days ago

Nice hike beautiful falls. Yes, very pothole laden section before getting there. Hiked it 5/11/2020.

hiking
25 days ago

This was a perfect trail for our family! Our kids are 7, 5, and 2 and even our 2 year old walked most of the way. The waterfall at the end is beautiful, and there was enough space on the rocks for our family of five to sit and have lunch. But heads up- the end of the forest road to get there is gravel and full of deep pot holes, so it was very bumpy and slow going in our mini-van before we got to the trailhead.

blowdown
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
25 days ago

Loved this trail up to the 3.2 miles "false summit" the real summit is another mile up, completely washed out, blown down trees and hard to find the path. totally do able, you might just get banged up a little bit. only saw a few people on the trail today was pretty well groomed up for 3 miles. its actually 4.6 miles to the real summit.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
27 days ago

Wonderful Hike! The road isn’t terrible, there are just potholes from the beginning of the gravel to Henline Falls Trailhead. If you have a higher clearance vehicle you should be fine. 4wd is not required. The hike is straight up and steady. In a couple places you have to be careful because the trail is narrow. There is snow around 1 mile from the top. It is about ankle deep. It wouldn’t be bad except it’s on the scree slope. Be careful not to slip! When you get to a huge snow field, you will see a broken path through it. DO NOT FOLLOW THE TRACKS! IT IS NOT THE TRAIL! Instead, take a sharp left along the side of the snow bank. It is steep but after a couple yards, you will clearly see the real trail. The false summit is gorgeous. There are awesome 360 degree views of the nearby mountains and valleys. The view of Mount Jefferson is amazing. It’s about 3.5 miles to the false summit, but it is very hard and steep. It took us 3 hours up and 2 hours down. (I highly recommend the 2 view points on the way up. They take you only several yards off the trail but they offer radical views.) We did get a little altitude sickness up top, but overall, it was an amazing trail. Hard but highly recommended. ~David and Micah

hiking
snow
28 days ago

hiking
rocky
snow
1 month ago

May 3, 2020 Very hard but Great trail it’s now one of my favorite. Last mile to the top had patches of snow on trail but was able to cross over it and continue to the top. Amazing breathtaking view from the top! (Recommend bringing extra pair of socks) Can’t wait to do this one again. -Clara

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