Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

UPDATE 10/27/18 road closed 5 miles before trail due to rock slides. Trail not accessible

hiking
1 month ago

The lake is now 1/3-1/4 of its maximum area. An interesting gradient: warm sun and fat dragonflies on the east beach vs. hoarfrost and ice in the Linton Creek mouth.

Went in middle October. The leaves were changing and just gorgeous.

This is a beautiful hike! The trail was very well maintained and marked for the waterfalls. The trees are changing colors and the weather is perfect for a Fall hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Had the place to myself today! Got there early and it was raining but I loved it. Got slightly confused with parts of the trail but figured it out. One of my new favorite hikes! Good for all skill levels. There's two ways to go in. I went on the trail on the right. The foliage was beautiful.

Beautiful hike!!

hiking
1 month ago

The falls were beautiful and enormous! Short, easy hike and I would 100% recommend the hike to anyone.

Beautiful short easy hike - the lower falls are gorgeous and since it’s end of September- can only imagine how full they are in the spring . The fall colors of the vine maple against the black lava/obsidian is breathtaking...Definitely coming back!

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty, easy hike but could not see the lake from the trail due to growth/trees blocking view.

Hiked early August just before the Terwilliger fire started. Loved this hike. Wanted to come back in the Fall, but with the fire, that's not going to happen. Will be interested in hearing if this trail burned. We had smoke from other fires when we hiked, so didn't have the best views, hence wanting to return in the fall.

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

9/19/18
Do both falls, it’s a short loop trail with an offshoot to each of the waterfalls...they’re not visible from the main loop. If you are able, hike to the base of the lower falls and up the side of the upper falls. If for some reason you only have time for one, do the lower falls...the way the water cascades and breaks up is really quite beautiful.

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.

Great trail, very easy. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

Loved every step! Oregon at it's best.

on Linton Lake Trail

3 months ago

Beautiful trail, remote lake

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!

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.

Super fun and easy trail with a great rewarding view! My personal favorite part of this hike was walking through the lava rock and walking up to the Lower Falls. I wouldn't recommend this hike for smaller children only because in the beginning of the trail there are a lot of rocks and a major tripping hazard for the little ones. Beautiful hike all around and one I will definitely be visiting again!

on Proxy Falls Loop Trail

hiking
4 months ago

A nice short hike. Was perfect for a couple kids who prefer to be indoor cats and on a device. We went on a holiday and as expected it was very busy. We will return and do this again hopefully on less busy weekday.

backpacking
4 months ago

Backpacked this a few days ago. Nice trail beautiful lake. Unfortunately, too many people. Not just too many....too many people who have zero understanding of how to behave in the wilderness. We found a spot well away from others until a group of 6 showed up and setup NEXT to us......ON the trail....where they also decided to build a fire pit. This is in addition to the kayakers who decided setting a downed tree on fire and leaving it on the beach was a good idea.

As for recent trail reports.....the ACTUAL trail leading to the lake is clear and well maintained. The downed trees do not start until after the lakeshore.

Overall, a great location. But people mess things up. Fortunately, a group of rangers showed up and handled things.

FYI - it’s exactly 1.4 miles from the parking lot to the lakeside campsite.

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