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Was an amazing hike. Waterfalls, clear lake, and blue pool all in a day! What more can you ask for. All in all not very hard, but pretty long. Would recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

To get to the trail, instead of following the google directions, coming off the highway take a left at the fork. Just keep going straight and turn left up the hill at the closed gate. Follow the road straight and you will get to the trail head. This hike is completely worth it. I hope to go back when it is a bit clearer to get a better view of the mountains.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail so long as you take it to the top. The total mileage with going to the peak is around 11.2 miles which means start early, especially this time of year. Beautiful views from the top. Not much snow except for the last mile or so but even then it's flattened out by hikers. If you don't want to do the entire hike, you can drive up the majority of the way, hike the last mile, and still see the view.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! Like others said, it's pretty easy until you get close to the falls. I wanted the money shot, so it required some trekking across the river and some climbing onto some rocks, but nothing too scary. Once you get close to the falls, you can feel the mist from the water. Feels really good if you go up on a hot, summer day!

just me and my wife hiked the trail till dark and pulled off the trail and camped for the night awesome time

hiking
6 months ago

We just tried to do this hike today and both the French Pete Campground and trail are closed because of the fires this summer!!

hiking
7 months ago

Just a heads up, the last mile or so of road is closed. I am not familiar with the area so maybe you can still get to the trail but I had to turn back. Road is closed through November.

Easy hike. Only suggestion I have is to pay attention to the signs.

hiking
8 months ago

The trail is degrading from mountain bikers. A lot of fine dirt on the trail. One down tree on the trail near the trailhead and another one by NF-482.

The short gravel road to the parking spot has about four big pot holes.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice rock formations near the top. Deers were by that area as well.

I was not able to see any of the views because of the smoke from the wildfires. Check the USDA Forest Service website for conditions.

Loved it!

Beautiful trail and waterfall. Get to walk through volcano rocks. Plenty of shade.

Beautiful waterfall, easy and fun hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Great waterfall generally a very easy hike till just before you get to the falls, some steepness, but nothing to serious, Eastern half of the loop is easier footing then the western half, start & finish the east if you want an easier hike

I give this trail only four stars because of how crowded blue pool was. Even though it was beautiful there it made it seem as if you hadn't hiked all that way. Along the way though I saw no one not a soul !! It was beautiful and green and quite lush. The falls weren't as crowded as I had thought especially since it was a Saturday but I was there pretty early. I decided to make a camping trip out of it and it all worked out well. Oh and if you do go guard your stuff especially at blue pool I had my temper pad and my rain tarp stolen. Quite upset about that.

Absolutely beautiful waterfall. A bit of walking through the water to get a great shot of the waterfalls. Easy hike!

backpacking
9 months ago

This hike is a must!! Backpacked in for a couple nights .. It was amazing .. The waterfalls were breathtaking hands down best hikes I've Done in a while..

hiking
9 months ago

Left Bend around noon, made it to the trail head at one. We hiked all the way up the river to the falls. One of the most amazing hikes I have done in a long time. I have been backpacking and hiking my entire life and can honestly say this is a must do trail. You won't be disappointed. You can hike it in a day or take your packs and make an overnight trip of it. We started to hike out around 4 and made it back to the truck around 6-ish. Made the drive back to Bend with plenty of sun still in the sky.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Was a very fun and beautiful hike. Amazing waterfalls. Wear shoes that you can get a little wet! And bring a camera!

hiking
9 months ago

According to the two GPS units I had "on board", this trail is between 11 and 12 miles when going from the trailhead just off E King Road to the summit. The main track on Alltrails stops 1.25 miles short of the summit.
A few key observations:
This is a mixed use trail favored by mountain bikers; while every biker i met on the trail was was courteous and following trail etiquette, walking up or down when folks are zipping down the single track requires a bit of extra caution. Also, bike use makes for different erosion patterns that sometime calls for adjustments to walking patterns (i was reminded of that the hard way, sliding on a finely grounded dirt layer on top of hard-packed earth... elbow open to the joint and a few stitches :-) in the ER that evening).
The parking at the trailhead is convenient but not. overly spacious (about 8 or 10 cars)
There are several ways to get to the summit (if views are mostly what you are after). Starting on E King Road is not the easiest one. Instead you can get to about one mile of the summit by car on O'Leary (dirt) road. Or you can use the Castle Rock Trail #3506 off Cougar Creek Road (that seems to shave 3+ miles off the total out-and-back).
The E King Road version of the trip will appeal to you if you enjoy (changing) forest walks on a well cut trail and/or if you are looking for a good workout at 6 miles and 3K cumulated elevation gain.
The views from the summit are sweeping, overlooking the McKenzie Valley East to West with the added bonus of the 3 sisters in the background (best view of the sisters appears to be from the saddle just below the summit).
The map on Alltrails shows only 3 switchbacks just below the summit but it is closer to 10 to reach the very top.
The summit is relatively small and free of vegetation on the West side while a small copse of tree provided welcome shade on the 80+ degrees day i made the climb.
I only gave 3 stars because there are so many stunningly beautiful hikes around... but this is no trial to thumb one's nose at. Good place to go when snow is still obstructing hikes in higher altitudes.

You can access this trail if you come in on FS Road 1993 from Cougar Dam. The road is located right next to the Echo trailhead on the east side of the lake. Five miles up is the Saddle Trail head which climbs about 1300 ft in 1.8 miles to the Olallie Trail just north of the Horse Pasture Mtn. junction.. You can also drive another 6 miles past this point (the road is in good shape) to the Pat Saddle Trailhead, The trail runs right thru here, and you can head south about 3 miles to the top of Olallie Mtn or north 6.5 miles back to Horse Pasture Mtn.

Currently there is a landslide blocking the road about 4 miles away from the trailhead so we couldn't hike it at this time. The last 10 miles to get to the trailhead are up the side of a mountain on a gravel trail. Not too terrible a drive, but take some caution.

hiking
10 months ago

I just did this trail today with my girlfriend. It's a great quick little loop to see two beautiful waterfalls. If you are traversing the McKenzie Pass on your way to Eugene or to Bend, make sure to make the quick stop. You won't regret it.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a great trail for kids. We are having a good water year so the lake is full and not too cold for swimming . Bring bug spray.

Super easy hike. Well worth it. Wasn't too bad climbing down into water to put feet in. Freezing!!! Easy hike for kids. $5 to park unless you have an annual pass.

Super easy hike. Well worth it. Wasn't too bad climbing down into water to put feet in. Freezing!!! Easy hike for kids. $5 to park unless you have an annual pass.

hiking
10 months ago

Generally short hike. Gorgeous views. Mostly covered but bring a hat/sunscreen if you're fair skinned. The hike does involve climbing over/under large fallen trees and scaling some rocks/straight up dirty side hills. Not for someone with injury or physical limitation. Doable but may be difficult! Parking was terrible, parking is on the side of the road around blind corners so be careful! be prepared to walk. $5 for parking if you find it.

on Linton Lake Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Fantastic way to spend the 4th of July!!! Beautiful hike and had it mostly to our selves. It did get a little hot on the way out so I would recommend an early in and out. The bear grass and the pen stamen were spectacular.

Great trail! Best if you can hike it end to end. Unfortunately, the regional utility is doing needed improvements and has FLOODED a section of the trail below Carmen Diversion reservoir. The water is about 3 feet deep-for the next couple years

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