Explore the most popular forest trails in Willamette National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

The trail was short very, small path, was very hard to find. The road up to it was kinda small and had very large and deep pot holes.

Great trail with the river in view most of the time, the falls were great. It kinda kicked my but at the end man am I out of shape.

A very pretty area, the trail is very rough and similar to a dry creek bed in many places. There are lots of down trees and branches, today there was still some snow and between the down trees and snow we lost the trail in a couple spots. I think later in the season it will be amazing with wildflowers but also harder to discern where the unkempt trail is.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike in the middle of the forest. It follows the creek and has a small waterfall. One end meets up with Eagles Rest trail. It is about 2 miles long and small incline in places. Great view of the lake and mountains.

Very nice trail, when you start it will be down hill to the creek below which meets up with Goodman trail. It is shorter so I recommend planning to add Goodman trail also.

hiking
4 days ago

Did this weekend may 19-20 to Browder Ridge. Hike to heart lake is overgrown so couldn’t find the trail. Awesome view of Jefferson and the sisters. If you continue on Browder Ridge for a few meters and then walk straight up the meadow there’s a good place to pitch a tent and have a fire. Tiny patches of snow but didn’t affect access! Wildflowers are just starting to peak out

I really enjoyed this hike. The water is an amazing blue green and there are many pools to take a swim in. A little too cold yet, but will be going back. Weekends are very busy. If you like solitude you will not find it here during peak times. Definitely worth a trip out, but likely better during the week.

Very pretty falls, good viewpoints, and an enjoyable trail in between. Great for anyone looking for an easily accessible moderate trail.

it's been a few years since I have done a first half all incline hike. It was a challenge but that's because of the time I have spent away from the trails. right when I was ready to give up, I heard the group of people in front of me cheer with Glee. a few minutes later I joined the others at the ending reward and it was worth it. this trail would be considered moderate in my previous hiking all the time self. enjoy!

Overgrown in some areas with fallen logs can get around a good trail running trail for conditioning. The waterfalls are best viewed in the spring/early summer with the snow melt.
There are little blue diamonds throughout the trail that help guide you through the trails/overgrowth. When in doubt look for the blue diamonds.

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked this with my younger brother, and I must say that it was very pleasant. Easy and was just plain enjoyable. Definitely bringing more people with us next time.

Salt Creek falls was incredible. It’s accessible from the parking lot and a quick walk on a cement path. Diamond falls is a couples miles in, and there are two viewing points. Depending on which fork you take on the loop (I recommend going left first) you’ll get to see diamond falls from the upper view first. The second viewing point is the lower point. Part of this trail is washed out, I didn’t feel comfortable proceeding to this view point. From what we were told, the view is about the same as the upper point which is completely accessible, and just a view of the falls from a different angle. Don’t feel bad if you can’t make it, part of it is pretty sketchy. Go at your own risk.

Side note: there is a trail that will proceed off to Vivian lake, which is what I believe the primary hiker did on the main recording. A couple of miles in you reach a crossing that gets pretty deep. If you don’t mind getting your shoes soaked, or want to brave the cold water bear foot, then take this trail. Even if you don’t make it to the lake, it’s still pretty awesome to see because there’s some snow left in this area.

Overall, this trail was completely worth the drive wherever you’re coming from!

Great workout even though my group took it slow. The view point was worth it.

hiking
5 days ago

This is a long but easy hike that is great for dogs and small children. We went all the way to Opal Pool and it ended up being about 8.5 miles round trip. My kiddos are both under 6 and they did a great job. They were tired at the end and fell asleep immediately. Bring snacks for sure. Not the most strenuous workout but beautiful and enjoyable.

*Road has been repaired. Must nicer than previous trips out here.

Surprisingly great hike! Lots of different scenery. Waterfall a mile or so in. Finished up at Three Pools. Trails are fun.

BEAUTIFUL HIKE! The pool is incredible. Lots of snow for most of the hike and it was raining, but that meant we were the only ones doing the trail. A little tough at some points, but will be doing this hike again!

I tried going there a few days ago and ran into too much snow on the road about 1.5 miles from trailhead.

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked the loop to the falls and then up to the lake.
Bring poles- the scramble to the bottom of the falls is slick and muddy.
Regular trail running shoes are fine.

Spectacular hike!

hiking
6 days ago

I thought this trail was wonderful. The wildflowers are just starting to bloom. It is easy to follow. It’s a a light moderate, the isn’t a view at the top, but it’s nice to relax and get some sun

Great view of the three sisters.

Lot of snow drifts and the forest near the summit is still covered in snow so I would wait until summer.

It would be recommended to wear pants since the trail doesn’t appear to be maintained a whole lot.

Junctions are not marked on the trail so watch your GPS.

4 Parking spots near the trailhead and 2 spots further down the road.

hiking
7 days ago

Great place for more people to come out to the Oregon wilderness and leave their shit and trash and toilet paper laying around the campsites. Half of these sites need rehabilitation because people don't know how to camp without ruining stuff. It won't be long before a permit is required to hike in to Marion specifically, just like Jefferson Park which has been ruined because idiots put it in books and online blogs saying come visit. That's what ruins it. Yes so let's spread the word online and in all the books what a great place Marion Lake is and then the city folks in Portland and Bend who need spoon fed to come backpacking can come out and ruin the place. Great idea!!!

We enjoyed this trail thru the Old Growth Willamette Forest. A little over two miles in is the Goodman creek and has a cute little waterfall and swimming hole. We took the Goodman Creek fork. Little muddy in spots but trail is in good condition. Lots of wild flowers we enjoyed this hike. Will be back to do one of the other seven hikes off this trail.

Beautiful! Small parking lot. Straight incline for the whole way up, but not too steep.

Great Hike! Went on Saturday! Was challenging at moments. Lots of up and downs. Not for your first hike of the season.

Perfect. Amazing falls. Easy trail.

What a great hike ,,thanks to Nicole and kujo..I had a great trip with them ,,beautiful Oregon, ,

Good hike. Waterfall is flowing!

hiking
11 days ago

We the company of 9 tried to make it today to the lake. Honestly tried but had to bail because the higher the more the trail was covered with snow and thus hard to find. We reached Fall Creek Falls and took pictures, will probably give it another try in summer.

We weren’t sure if we found the loop trail but started at Sahalie Falls parking lot which is right at the falls. A Beautiful and big gushing waterfall. Then follow A beautiful trail along the water with many soots to stop and take photos. The trail was busy on Mother’s Day so get there early on the weekends. Very little parking too. But well worth the experience. We walked along the water until we got to Koosah Falls. Amazing. We had to turn around there due to needing to get back home. But well worth the drive and time.

most beautiful place ive ever been

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