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The only reason I gave it four stars was due to getting to the trail head. If you love to rough up your vehicle then by all means travel the last 5 miles up there early spring with pot holes the size of a car. BUT! Totally worth it. The pools and streams where beautiful and still recommend the hike

2 days ago

Great hike! Went last year, and plan on going again soon. Good hike to take kids, we even took one of those big wheeled child stroller’s. Much is a road. Ppl in the town are pretty friendly and it’s interesting to see how their energy set up runs.

Beautiful hike. Found trailhead pretty easy, friendly neighbors pointed me in direction where to park. Keep going past wooden bridge, go up hill and large parking area. Compared to like silvercreek falls this hike is much narrower trails, on Clifford areas, roots and many rocks that have to be navigated around...a bit more challenging in my newbe opinion. Love the challenge and beautiful river and and high falls.

Great hike anytime. Both falls are beautiful.

One of my favorite short hikes. The falls and pool are beauriful. Be sure to go when the runoff is at its peak.

this was a great trail, i dont really care for a veiw after. i just enjoy being in a forest with no people around.

Easy hike, and very beautiful. Went yesterday and got there at 6am, only saw a small group of people as we got back to our car. I recommend going early to beat the crowd. Quite a bit of snow still on the ground, but I managed to go through easily with a pair of nikes.

First time we hiked it there was none but us. The place is miraculous and a panacea for sure.
Now after returning several times we have found far too many others.

The bridge is out about a mile in. the trail has a closed sign at the head.

This is a great trail, well maintained. We hit snow on the road and couldn't drop off our second vehicle at Shady Cove Bridge. We parked both vehicles at the Elkhorn Rd trailhead. The trail was well marked, even with small patches of snow. Excellent, beautiful views, quiet, plenty of opportunities to sit, eat lunch, relax.

Nice trail but can't do it all this time of year (March) without waterproof boots (or a willingness to finish the hike with wet feet). About 1.2 miles in there is a 20 foot wide creek flowing into the Santiam that cannot be crossed without getting into the water. During the summer months this is likely a small stream that is easily crossed but not this time of year. You will also find a small stream earlier in the hike. We were able to find a log just a bit upstream to cross this one or our hike would have ended there. We are looking forward to finishing this one come summer.

11 days ago

Good hike for training but it was solely uphill for 6 miles and then right back down. cool foggy forest while I was there with barely another soul. I would definitely hike Hardesty again.

12 days ago

The water here is the prettiest blue to turquoise.

Giant waterfalls where you can walk any distance from 0-20 miles. Good to view in the snow even, parking lot has been clear most of the time.

Here is a video of my time here:

14 days ago

Snowshoe a short 2.5 miles into the Mountain View shelter for cozy overnight camping in a rustic(though recently constructed) cabin complete with 6 benches to sleep on and several hammock tie off points . Vault toilet. Wood stove. No firewood stocked at time of this post, but smaller snags in the area provided enough wood to burn for the night. 4 people stayed on Sunday night but it can be packed on Friday and Saturday. Beautiful night sky. Some peaks in sight ( N.sister, Mt. Wash, Three Fingered Jack) but Mountain View might be slightly overstated. Lots of snowshoe hare, coyote and bobcat prints. I snowshoed about 5 miles past the Maxwell Butte warming shelter on the way out, plenty of wood there, but no camping within 300’ allowed. All the waypoint maps were easily found along the route and clearly showed the trail ahead. Family friendly

17 days ago

We went on this hike yesterday without checking the weather conditions. It was very snowy on the trail and got deeper as we went. What we could make of the trail was quite narrow, and at times it felt like we were walking along the edge of a cliff (side of the mountain). I used some of the deeper snow to help steady my footing (some reaching to my knees), but I still ended up slipping and falling far too many times to count. At least the snow is soft padding. The trail takes you through some rocky areas with snow run-off that are pleasant to look at. Like others said, the trail longer than noted, at least 5 miles round trip according to my phone. The final stretch to the top is very steep and I sort of had to climb in the snowy dirt and have my boyfriend push me up to the top. Once we got there, the view of the lake was beautiful. Walking back was slick, and unfortunately it started getting dark. There were narrow snow trenches we had to carefully walk through. I like to believe the hike would’ve been more enjoyable without the cold and snow. We did feel accomplished once we completed it though. I would recommend getting an early start and keeping snacks and warm clothing with you.

Couldn’t get my sportwagen through the snow today unfortunately but looks like a beautiful area! Going to try again in a month or so

Beautiful, short hike over packed snow. Family friendly and definitely worth it. Expect snow until mid March.

Awesome hike. Soft on your feet and beautiful trees. The view of the pool is incredible from above. Really cold water. Heavy trafficked trail

Salt Creek Falls is really impressive. The road is closed .7 miles from the trailhead. Unable to reach the other waterfall due to the trail being covered in ice

1 month ago

I hiked to Eagles Rest on a windy, cloudy and at times rainy day. Still worth the time and effort spent there.

I opted for the long way up, starting at the Hardesty trailhead to make it between 12 and 13 miles total. There are some pretty good maps at the trailhead sign, showing the routes but also the elevation of the various trails. I took pictures of them on my phone before heading off.

The first section of the trail, from the parking lot to the 3 miles mark, follows the folds of the terrain. As there are 3 different creek crossings, this make for a bit of a roller-coaster start. Goodman creek crossing is via a large log with single handrail, very negotiable even in this wet-weather day. The other two creeks can be forded on the flat stones set for that purpose (there is an old log bridge at the last creek, in case waters are very high). There were several muddy spots as you would expect in these parts during the rainy season. In the last mile,, the trail get right next to the creek a few times.

The second part of the hike (roughly one mile) climbs up the canyon walls to reach the Eagles Rest Lower trailhead, finishing the ascent via a series of very shot switchbacks. The trail t-bones into Goodman Creek Rd (NFDR 5833) and the Lower Trailhead is right across the dirt road.

The third section connects the Lower Trailhead and the Upper Trailhead for a distance of just about 2 miles. After a few switchbacks, the trail finds more level terrain and heads in a nortwest direction toward the Ash Swale shelter. A couple a plank walks lead through marshy terrain to the shelter itself. The shelter is basic (three walls and a roof). I was so happy to reach it after about 6 miles that I promptly sat on the bench... and keeled backwards in an undignified fashion: the two-stumps-and-a-plank bench is not tethered to anything; I righted it up, dusted myself, and sat to stretch my legs. After the shelter, a very muddy switchback climber to the level ground just below the Upper Trailhead.

The Upper Trailhead is on Eagles Rest Rd (NFDR 509). From there, all that is left is a short but steep-ish ascent to the summit. This is managed via a series of switchbacks on the southeastern wooded slope. Only upon reaching the summit do the views open up, from southeast to southwest. The summit area is relatively small and rocky.

ON the way back , I decided to walk along Goodman Creek Rd from the Lower Trailead back to the highway. This provides a bit of a "loop" feeling... and cuts the return trip by more than half a mile compared to an out-and-back.

As others have noted, the constant sound of gunfire around the summit, sometime even from semi-automatic weapons, does not greatly enhance the feeling of being "one with nature".

I hiked all the way to a campground then had ro turn around cause it was getting late, beautiful water views along the way, there is a part of this trail where the forest is burned down and it burnt the bridge to cross over, if your willing to cling some steep dirty ashy hills then it's completely doable.

Such a great hike! So many beautiful pools to stop at. Also a good place to go backpacking. I’ve been twice and plan on going again later this spring.

Great place to hike when it's not to crowded

With the dry winter Oregon is having I decided to venture over the pass to do this hike. It was well worth it, despite how short it is. The color of the water is magnificent this time of year and the lack of the crowds made it even better. There was even a light dusting of snow. I would not recommend attempting this hike in the winter without proper safety equipment in your car, the winter is not typical. The trail will always be fine, the roads may vary.

This hike is truly worth it! One of our favorites! We will definitely do again! Incredible views from the top!

1 month ago

A few friends and I backpacked this loop last August. We entered at the Devil’s lake trailhead and proceeded counter clockwise from there. We made it as far as camp lake which is a amazing side trip and worth the extra distance. Unfortunately, we were diverted from there due to a large wildfire north of Camp Lake. Rangers had closed the entire west side of the loop and were rerouting PCT hikers east and then south to avoid problems. We ended up circumnavigating Broken Top and cut the trip short. I will most certainly be going back to finish this loop. Be sure to secure permits for the Obsidian area in advance of your trip, they’re limited.

1 month ago

Always a beautiful hike! One of our favorites

One of my favorites, will definitely be back to do this one again.

This was a great hike! Definitely appropriately rated, not hard but not easy. It's a skinnier trail, but we'll maintained. there were a lot of down trees in one section, but crews appeared to have cut through them. Constant, but gradual elevation gain the whole way up. We went on a misty day, but we were still able to get a great view of the lake! Would love to do this hike again!

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