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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
1 day 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.

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.

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
2 days ago

As of 5/17/18 trail is flooded in spots and has quite a bit of snow.

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.

Perfect. Amazing falls. Easy trail.

Good hike. Waterfall is flowing!

hiking
6 days ago

My daughter Jennifer and I were looking for an early-May overnight destination in the Oregon Cascades. The access road to the trailhead had several snow patches requiring decent clearance. This was our first trip into this area. We were thankful for our GPS to regain the trail after long stretches of snow. For the record, May 4 is a little early for this hike even in a low snow year. After watching the dog venture out onto the lake's thin ice cover, we decided to return to the trailhead and camp at a nearby campground

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

Good easy hike, Wish it was longer. Almost think I missed something it was so short but very beautiful!

Breathe taking. A must see!

walking
8 days ago

It’s a nice walk for a hot sunny day! Can’t wait to come back to swim here.
On an off note it was insanely busy... sunny Saturday .. weekend ... bad time to go! Have went during the week before though and it was so peaceful.

**potholes have been fixed so the gravel road to the trail head is in awesome shape!

hiking
9 days ago

Really easy day hike! Beautiful river views

Hiked on 4/26.
Gate still locked about .7 miles from parking lot. Snow on about 1/4 if the trail, so make sure you have waterproof boots. Blazes are easily visible when you can’t see the trail.
Both falls are in full volume so if you enjoy solitude, don’t mind a bit of snow, now is the time to hike.

13 days ago

hiked to the waterfall (more like a tall rapid) yesterday. The trail was decently maintained with only a tree or two over the trail but boy was it slick and muddy in some spots. Luckily I was the only one with a decent pair of boots and didn't take any spills but my two friends weren't so lucky.

Love this hike will come back again soon steady elevation

My favorite hike so far ! :) pretty easy, beautiful views !!! Few rocky points

hiking
16 days ago

The hike to opal creek trail was mainly a gravel road. After about 2 miles there is a bridge on the right hand side of the trail. If you take this path its more of a hiking trail - had some steep sections where you need to watch your footing. This trail wound its way to Opal pool and then you can loop back onto the gravel road to your car. Went today and we had the place to ourselves, only saw 3 other people...and no one at all at Opal Pools... The water is gorgeous and clear - which is great for a swim. Marking it a 3 star hike because of the gravel road most of the hike.

Beautiful trails and the water is gorgeous

hiking
18 days ago

Nipping at it piece by piece

hiking
19 days ago

Still trying to figure this trail out piece by piece. It’s gorgeous for sure and worthy of the curiosity

Nice and easy hike along McKenzie river. Not a lot of elevation change, so good for all skill levels. Beautiful payoff at the end, if you go during waterfall season. Not too muddy and had some nice rocky spots. Another great, but popular Oregon waterfall trail. Had the falls to myself at 8am on a Sunday, but ran into quite a few groups on my way back in. Still a must see Oregon destination.

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