Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Blue River with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hike for any level hiker! Beautiful waterfall that you can hike right to the base of the fall for spectacular photos.

We were amazed by the clear blue waters of the river not to mention the beauty of Sahalie Falls. We absolutely loved it!! We definitely would hike it again next time we are in the area. :)

I’ve hiked to the falls 3 times now, never been disappointed. Go in early September for less snow, more wildlife/LESS MOSQUITOS!

easy and fun

Great short hike. Really easy. You start walking through the forest for a bit, then through some volcanic rock fields, then end up at lower proxy falls. Lower proxy is the larger of the two falls and the path off the main loop to its base can require some scrambling around fallen trees and rocks, but is nothing too challenging. Upper proxy is great as well, there was a giant pool of water at the bottom when we arrived, so in order to really see it clearly we had to climb up a path to the right when facing the falls. You could do this loop in 30-45 minutes straight, but you’ll probably want to stop and enjoy the waterfalls. We stayed on the loop for 1.5 hrs.

Trail done 9/2 with my two dogs; did the loop counter clockwise (benson trailhead at Scott lake to hand lake, Scott summit, back down to benson etc). I believe it’s more like 9.3-9.4 miles. Trail is nicely shaded, brushy in some places. Didn’t see anyone for the first two hours, surprising for a holiday weekend. Great views at the top, 3 sisters, Mt. Washington, Jefferson and Hood. Quite a bit of smoke in the Mckenzie valley from Terwillager Fire. About 3.5 hrs hiking time, not including a lunch break at the top and a swim break at Benson lake.

Great trail, very easy. Beautiful scenery.

backpacking
23 days ago

Had a great trip 8/24/18! Backpacked 2.5 miles to Tenas Lake. Gorgeous sites. Then completed the loop and camped at Scott Lake. Amazing views. Hand lake was our intended night 2, but it was essentially dried up. Wide variety of features and great huckleberries.

Easy trail with stunning views once you reach the falls. We loved every inch of it.

I felt very lucky to have 99% of this trail to myself for most of the hike. If you arrive early you can avoid the loud mountain bike hubs on most of the trail. I'm happy to share the trail with everyone but the bikes ruin the tranquility of such a truly special place.

This hike was a treat for senses. The thunderous vibrations from the falls, oh my! One of my favourite things on earth is to hear the unique sound that each tree makes when the wind blows. I had plenty of trees and a nice amount of wind during the hike so you can only imagine my delight. I sat and enjoyed a private concert performed by a number of Gnatcatchers that one point seem to come from everywhere, the ground, the bushes, and the trees.

I found a happy place!

Did the loop on 8/18/18. This is a good loop trail. It really is not that hard, it's more just long than anything else. The view from the top is excellent. If you can go on a clear day you will be rewarded -- you can see the Sisters, Mt Washington, Broken Top, Three Fingered Jack, Mt Jefferson, Mt Hood....maybe more. It was a little hazy when we went but the views were still great. I'd do it again. Bring some water and some food. I think total it was about 9.6 mi and about 25k steps. Took about 4.5 hours.

We camped at ice cap campground, from there it was a short hike to koosha falls about ten mins, easy to moderate hike to Sahalie Falls about twenty- thirty minutes. The trail is well maintained and the views are picturesque, but only from a distance. It’s not designed to get you right up to the water, but if you’re semi skilled you can scramble down some slick side trails for a closer look. Just use your head. This water is cold. Not swimmable.
From there we decided to go to Blue Pool. We turned around and headed down and South along the river. It pops out at a reservoir. Beautiful blue, exposed and you can see the fish it’s so clear. The correct way is to bear right, go across the bridge along the gravel road you’ll pass a trailhead sign on the right, but keep going towards the bathrooms that’s where the trail picks backup and you head back into the woods. If you go left, you end up going around the whole lake and the only way to cross is a water crossing, freezing above knee fast moving water. Then bushwhacking for about ten minutes bearing slightly left, slightly up hill. You’ll hit the trail, but keep a close eye out for it. From there it is shady forest with a few quick views of the river. The trail is downhill mostly for about 2 1/2-3 hours with breaks and no rushing. You pass people but in general it’s quite and beautiful. Five wooden log bridges, single rail. Give space between people crossing you can feel the logs bounce with too many people. When you arrive at blue pool be prepared for people. Lots of people in swimsuits, not swimming. I felt bad for them because it looks so good, you want to, but you’re going to freeze your butt off. Every once in awhile you’ll hear or see a person get in and immediately start to suffer. This water is 37 degrees, it’s hypothermia heart stopping cold. Don’t be a fool. There are better places to swim. This is for looking. And there is no easy way down to the water.
Be advised the return trip is uphill somewhat and about 3 hours back. There are other ways to hike to blue pool that are much shorter, that’s why so many people.
So our total trip was about 8 miles with the side trips to the falls. I would have given it 5 stars, but the trail signage was extremely lacking. There were a lot of people who gave bad advice on which way to go. So trust the map you bring. Happy trails!

At the top, Obsidian Falls is worth the grueling hike. Good entry to 3 Sisters Wilderness for backpacking

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail to the lake. You'll have to climb over a few logs and go off trail a bit if you want to get to the river mouth but if you're comfortable with that it's well worth it.

There are a few spots to backpack camp but they are pretty close to the trail which seems to be pretty busy, so I'm not sure I would recommend it if you're looking for privacy.

The lower falls is an excellent hike if you are looking for a fairly short and easy hike with high reward. Be sure to make your way to the base of the falls!

hiking
1 month ago

Have wasted my time for this trail today, hiked 6 of 11 mi. Overgrown, viewless, rare access to the creek and no swimmable pools where it is. The best portion is before the first bridge, it looks like most people turn back at this point.

Boyfriend, me and our dog did this trail June of 2017. Great trail, and our xl dog loved it. The lava rock was amazing! Taking the “off trail” trails to the bottom of the falls is worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved every step! Oregon at it's best.

Mosquitoes still biting on 8/8 esp on Scott Mtn Trail. Smoky so views were not clear but would be terrific on a smoke free day. Maybe save for fall as second part of loop is partially exposed near lava flow and burn area.

on Linton Lake Trail

1 month ago

Beautiful trail, remote lake

hiking
1 month ago

The most beautiful hike I have been on in the States. Requires a reservation, which is a pain to get but worth the trouble. I’ve done this twice, both times in August. There is nothing on earth like the obsidian fields, they glow in the sunlight, absolutely worth the trip. Plus Middle Sister looms directly overhead after you punch up out of the forest. This is full of cliffs, peaks, dells, forests, lava rocks and obsidian glass. Stunning, do not pass up the opportunity.

There is a pretty nice little stream right before the loop at the end. Easy refill if you have a means for purification.

Bugs were not an issue, and I hit no snow.

It’s pretty remote as the permit only allows 30 people a day (70 campers I believe). Rangers do check for permits. In 4 hours I saw 2 hikers, and one ranger, otherwise I had the trail to myself.

This is labeled moderate but if you are not pushing the pace I’d say it’s easy for an adult. I jogged it when I was 18, I did it in 4 hours last week at 40.

Other than a little rocky patch in the beginning the rest was very easy!
Beautiful!! I have MS and my balance can be off often but just using a walking stick made this trail SUPER easy!

1 month ago

Now this is what a get away should be all about. We hiked in and did an overnighter in our hammocks. Plenty of camp spots up around from Obsidian Falls. Spring water out of the shale rock was awesome. Crystal clear. We had our own little private lake for a dip at Arrow head lakes. Too much to see for a day hike. I recommend an overnighter to soak it all in. Sunrise and Sunset were picture perfect.

Not a lot of views, but this trails offers a second option for getting into Tenas Lake and Scott Mountain. The day I did this hike (2017), there was a horse club coming down in a an attempt to add a little definition to the trail and it seemed to be working. Overall though, the trails on the backside (north) of Scott Mountain get very little use and are not in the best of shape - especially the Hand Lake Trail #3513 (Fire Damage) - and are almost impossible follow.

hiking
1 month ago

Have done the first 13 miles or so to Olallie Mtn. Overall, it's more of a trail to get somewhere else (Horsepasture Mtn, Olallie Mtn, Mink Lakes Area). After the initial 3 mile climb, it is pretty forested and you don't get a lot views. Also tried to find "The Potholes" (around Mile 10) that is listed the trail maps, but the side trail is not maintained and could only find a meadow.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail to get out to the PCT from the McKenzie Bridge area. As a day hike, I highly recommend taking this trail to Substitute Point - about 5 miles each way with spectacular 360 Degree views of the entire area at the top. There was fire damage in 2017, but Forest Service was working to clear the trail June of 2018. Would check on progress just to be safe.

Happy to park a car at both ends without a permit. Not too many hikers between the falls and Blue Pool. Not many bikers either. Love the log bridges along the way. Hiked it again this year. A real treat!

I am just starting to get into hiking by myself and it was the perfect length and such beautiful falls!

This trail is easy and quite enjoyable.
Hiked the Clear Lake trail with My Sunflower and had a wonderful time. Mountain bikers were very courteous to us hikers. Clear Lake was gorgeous.

amazing

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