Whitewater Trail

HARD 27 reviews
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Whitewater Trail is a 9.9 mile out and back trail located near Idanha, Oregon and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1893 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

backpacking
4 months ago

Just cancelled plans for this trail due to USFS alert saying the trail is closed due to active fire.

4 months ago

Went on July 24th and it was beautiful. But I had to be escorted on an alternate route by firefighters due to a fire that took out a good portion of the trail. Last I checked the trail is still closed because of the fire.

backpacking
4 months ago

What a beautiful place ! It's a steady incline most of the way to the lakes, but so worth it ! There were mosquitos but it was manageable . We will be back !

backpacking
4 months ago

Such gorgeous views at Jefferson park! The trail is mostly melted out, but there's a bit of snow left that isn't hard to cross. However, the mosquitos came out in full force our second day there! For a day hike, we continued along the PCT and climbed up to a ridge with a gorgeous view of Mt. Hood. There was quite a bit more snow but we were able to navigate and cross easily. There is a glitch in the All Trails gps track for this trail on the way up to Jefferson Park. We ran into someone using Gaia Gpa who had the same issue, so the trail must have been rerouted or something. Before you hit the PCT the app will show you're off course, but you're not. Once you hit the PCT the All Trails app will line up again with the trail.

backpacking
4 months ago

Mosquitos weren't bad last Sunday but things changed over night on Monday... bring bug spray! Beautiful views!

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked on 7/15. Can't beat these views, wow! Beautiful trail from start to finish. Only went to Scout Lake this time. Still a bit of snow around, but doesn't impact the trail up to that point too much. Also, after all the worry of mosquitoes, there happened to be NO BUGS! Lovely and breezy the whole time, not sure if we just lucked out on the day or what... we were kicking ourselves for not backpacking it. Will definitely be back!

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Omg what an amazing hike! First time to Jefferson Park and it was incredible. Unbelievable views, still some snow, mountain lakes were superb.

backpacking
5 months ago

Amazing July 3rd trip. Two days camping by Scout Lake. Above the creek crossing was covered in snow and completely obscured the trail. Followed tracks and met up with some other intrepid hikers to find our way to the lakes. Camping spots around the lakes were dry. Almost everything else was buried under feet of snow. Mid 70's during the day but would drop to around 34-36 degrees at night. Amazing early season trip for this area. Will go back later the the summer.

hiking
5 months ago

June 24-25, 2017

**lost my cell phone about 4.5-5 miles in from trailhead following the Whitewater trial. Lost it near the river/creek, again about 4.5-5 miles in. It is a black iPhone 5s and it's in a black and white purse phone case with a handle. If you find it, please turn into the Detroit ranger station. Thank you!"

I hiked this trail twice this weekend...as the second time I attempted to find my phone. I found these reviews very helpful...so hopefully I provide some nuggets of helpful information here.

Extremely hot this weekend (93-97 degrees). I was very glad I brought lots of water and my trekking poles. Trail is well maintained and easy to follow for the most part. There was snow at the top of the mountain, where in some locations the snow covered large portions of the trail and areas of the mountain. I wore tennis shoes for my hike both days and did fine on both the trail and the snow. I was glad I brought a couple pairs of tennis shoes, as both days I did this hike, My shoes got soaked, so it was nice to have a dry pair for day two of hiking. Also, brought flip flops, which was great to have dry feet for the drive home.

Was surprised to see snow still in June, but didn't hinder the experience, just made the progress slower because I had to follow footsteps in the snow and review this app for gps help, as this was my first time to this hike/trail/area. Views were amazing...got to the top and my automatic thought was "this was so worth it." Didn't see many people on the trail either day...but I carried bear mace and a taser just in case I ran into trouble.

The trail does pretty much go up at a steady incline up the side of the mountain (think I counted a total of 4 switchbacks before you reach the top). Not too difficult though. Only about 3 logs/trees down over the trail, but they were easy to navigate around or over. I have hiked trails with worse inclines, but considering this is one of my first weekends hiking this summer, this was a perfect training hike and a good way to get great exercise for both legs and arms. The incline isn't horrible...again I've had worse, but it is a trek to the top. I was breathing heavy.

Top of the mountain opens up and doesn't have much coverage or protection from the sun. Definitely bring sunscreen and sunglasses. I would suggest a hat or a wet towel over the head to keep cool...I did the towel my 2nd day and I was glad I did, as it kept me cooler than my first day.

Saturday - left trail head at 1200pm. Carrying a 25lb day pack today. First time on trail, so took lots of pictures, stopped periodically to look around and take water breaks. Amazing view of Mt. Jefferson...clear, beautiful day - 97 degrees. Went about 6 miles into the trail before I turned around to come back. Large areas where snow covered trail and I had to pick my way through, trying to follow footsteps of others and my gps. Last 1.5-2 miles going in was completely snow...couldn't see trail at all and followed footsteps....had to pick footing careful as trees were weighed down by snow and I didn't want to fall in a pocket.

Lost my cell phone on the way out. Crossed the river/creek headed home and had to bush whack for a bit to relocate trail...think phone fell out near that area....but only noticed I lost it about 2 miles later. Decided too late to try to turn around and locate the phone, as I didn't really want to hike out in the dark.

Saw lots of mountain flowers and only a couple groups of people at the top trail today.
Made it back to car at 1708...so 12 miles in about 5 hours. Decent day!

Sunday - mission = try to find cell phone
I hiked the blue pool trail earlier in the morning and therefore left whitewater trailhead later today - about 1430 and it was 93 degrees out. Noticed a big difference in the "heat" of the trail as I was hiking - it was cooler even in the shaded woody parts.

Mission today meant I was not stopping to take many pictures and attempted to take less breaks. Day pack was slightly lighter, about 20lbs today, and I made really great time up the mountain. Got 4.6 miles done in about an hour and 35 minutes.
I made it back to the river area, but the snow had melted so much within the last 24 hours it made it really hard to be sure exactly where I crossed the river when I lost my phone...landmarks were different and more vegetation was exposed.

I did search for my phone for about a 1/2 hour before I threw in the towel and started the journey back to my car. Still...great hike and great views:) not as clear today but at least white clouds in the sky. Saw some dogs on the trail and saw fresh horseshoe prints in the dirt, so I know both did fine on the trail. Both days I was drinking water like a camel...so make sure you have extra water in your car too.

Made it back to my car at 6pm. So...about 9.5 miles down in 3.5 hours. Again, I was moving. I actually did some trail running/jogging on the way out, so made awesome time.

Hope you found this helpful!!

hiking
5 months ago

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

wonderful hike! Not difficult but is uphill all the way there. Views are beautiful. The three small lakes in Jefferson Park are great to take a dip in!

backpacking
Monday, July 25, 2016