Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Gifford Pinchot 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.

I went in late July and I can say that this is not for the inexperienced hiker, but a great first backpacking trip. I've not seen anywhere more gorgeous than this place in my 10 years in the Pacific Northwest. The scenery is breathtaking and diverse and I've never seen so many colorful wildflowers anywhere else.

DOG OWNERS BEWARE: there is snow traversing and swift creek crossings where the snow has created a bridge over the creeks, so if your pup slips in they might not get out. I have small dogs and I highly recommend a Ruffwear harness with a handle so you can (gently) toss your pups over to the other side while keeping them leashed (and keeping the leash snug around your wrist), just in case they do stumble in (also don't rely on the clipped part of the leash to stay fastened if this happens, tie the leash tight to the harness, and honestly small rope is preferred to a leash in this scenario).

Don't miss the view at the Goat Ridge lookout but BRING BUG SPRAY. There are mosquitoes all over the place, especially at many of the campsites, but the mosquitoes at the Goat Ridge lookout were intense. Totally worth it though because the views are great and also a great place to set up shop.

We got to the trailhead later than expected, so it was crowded, but everyone was friendly, including their pups. We hiked to the waterfall and even went beyond for a better view of the top half of the falls. I will hi back to complete the full loop. Beautiful!

A little early...hit 6’ of snow about 2 miles in but otherwise a beautiful trail.

Hiked on May 29...short but worth the long drive in to see these unique Falls...make sure u hike to bottom and

This was a long drive for us, coming south of Portland, but the trail and waterfall were totally worth it! We had a 1 (carried in a pack), 6 & 8 year old who did great on the trail and loved it. I would consider this trail heavily trafficked, but maybe because I'm not use to so many people. It's not like Multnomah falls, but there is a good sized lot at the trailhead for parking and it was full.

Took a few days to visit Mount Adams at Takhlakh Lake. The snow is semi melted so the roads are passable in any vehicle (we made it in a prius). Hardly saw any other people which was great. Took a 1.1 mile hike around the lake which is rated as great for families but half of the trail is covered in snow, some places a few inches amd others a few feet so it can be hard to find the trail at this time. We also did the offshoot trail of about the same distance up to Goat rocks to see views of Mount Rainier. Camp ground officially opens on the 22nd of June.

hiking
4 days ago

Very short trail to the cave, good one for families as the cave is cool to explore and the interpretive signs are educational.

hiking
4 days ago

We had a great day on this hike and yes the mesquitos are a pest but it was 8.85 miles with 1394 in elevation. We started on the trail and came back the lower road.

Good hike, trail is very well maintained. The falls are a great reward and the rock outcropping are beautiful.

backpacking
5 days ago

The hike starts off great in really condense forest with a slight incline with views of Goat Rocks off to your left. when start to get closer to the lake make sure you don't forget the mosquito repellant, their not crazy thick right now but annoying enough to not enjoy your day. Towards the end and can start to see the lake with a little bit of a decent through a rocky bed trail. Once you reach the lake you have breath taking views with Johnson Peak soaring over the lake its phenomenal. Now comes the exciting part seeing the old ranger station still intact was a rustic piece of history that you will never forget. The trail then goes over a tucked away cove on newly aged bridged. Definitely worth a few snaps of the camera for sure. When you walk around the lake there are plenty of places to throw a line in the water and catch some nice trout so don't forget your fishing pole. I forgot it at first and decided about 400 yrs in to go back and get it, boy glad I did. I believe this hike was easy but still challenging enough where you can enjoy yourself and if you have kids it seem really friendly not too many people on the trail but also 5 people to me on the trail is too much and I think we saw at least 15 +. Regardless still a great trail and plan in going back again except this time we will hike to the three lakes up higher towards Johnson Peak. Oh and stay safe out there we had to cut our trip short due to the gf broke her arm. She's a trooper.

It has been busy past few weekends. A lot of people from oregon. I was glad to see the ranger writing tickets to all the people who didnt have passes. buy a discover pass and northwest forrest pass. its cheaper than a ticket

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike to get your blood pumping! Trailheah is not well market at the start, so be sure you don't miss it. Once you get down to the fork after the parking lot, it starts at the small wooden sign to your right. Do not follow the wide gravel path to your left or else you'll walk about a mile (downhill and back up) out of your way!

Other than that the trail is challenging, but the view at the top is SO worth it.

Very beautiful trail live it

hiking
6 days ago

Came here a few times and still love it!

This was a decent short little hike to start off our morning. It's rated HARD, but for my husband and I it seemed easy and moderate at times. The trail is poorly marked and confusing so bring a map and/or gps.

6 days ago

Beautiful falls. Hard to climb to bottom especially with your dog since you have to scathe a Little Rock cliff using a rope. Would be easy without dog, but pups make it difficult.

6 days ago

Long drive, but beautiful and dog friendly!

Went on a multi-family day hike Satruday from the main TH to Chinook Falls. 3 adults (ages 38,40,62), 8 kids (ages 7,8,8,10,11,13,14,14) and 3 dogs (1 lab, 2 small ones). The road up is in relatively excellent shape. We took an Excursion 4x4 and Highlander 4x4 and had no problems with the busted up paved roads. The forecast called for heavy rains but those came on Friday and Sunday. Even with the heavy rain the day before, the trail was in amazing shape. We say a few people camping, but the majority of the camp sites were open, probably due to the foretasted rain. 8.7 miles total out and back from TH to Chinook Falls. This is a must hike if you live in SW WA or even NW Oregon. Remember, it does require a NW Forest Pass, $5 day e-pass can be purchased online and printed, that's what we did.

hiked memorial day weekend and it was a great workout!! incredible views at the top and a very dramatic entrance. 3 distinct sections... 1 mile up 1 mile where it flattens out then 1 mile really up! it is very rocky which was annoying, poles were helpful. Bring sunscreen parts are very exposed. The drive to the trailhead is perfectly fine, no problems in our small car. (did this trailhead because we were scared of the main one) Ton of people at the top but it was a holiday weekend.

hiking
7 days ago

Trail in good condition. The lake is beautiful.

Loved it super gorgeous, rocks easy to climb up, we had lunch by it.

absolutely stunning.

Accurately described as hard hike. The wildflowers were beautiful but cloudy at the top ..... we had a great time

Great hike with a fantastic view of the falls at the top.

Great hike. The roads are accessible with smaller cars. Make sure you buy your vehicle's Washington Discover Pass online at home and print it because there's no cash payment at the parking lot. The views are amazing with mountain goats and wild cats.

hiking
11 days ago

Love it! went Saturday for the first time. can't wait to backpack in. trail was in a great shape!

Such a fun little trail! Can be very crowded but we had a great time hiking on it.

great hike! great views! love it!

(OPEN) 6/3/18 This is a cute and moderately easy trail you could take the whole family too. There are some parts of the trail that are not paved and require some maneuvering down rocks and wet parts only for a short amount of time. Not good for the elderly or those with knee issues. I was able to finish the trail within an hour or less. There is a suspension bridge that is a bit wobbly, it sways and bounces so beware. This is not a good trail if you don’t like heights. Dogs ok on leash, but we had to carry her across the bridge. Use your NW pass or Nat’l Park pass to this park or bring $5 cash for parking.

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