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First of all, what the sh*t Nancy. Dropping a trail's rating just because you don't know how to Google or call a ranger station is BS. (Referencing the below review).

This is an awesome trail with excellent payoff for moderate work. There is a primitive campsite up there too, but no campfires especially right next to the burned area! Next time Im tempted to hike in my gear and stay the night! World class views of Hood, Three Fingered Jack and South Sister, and obviously Mt Jefferson taking point and center. The cave was an awesome added bonus, you must follow literally foot prints and somewhat of a trail downhill through the burned area after passing through the campsite. Be careful as its slippery. The trail all around was enough to feel accomplished but also easy enough to not feel ragged. I started around 430pm and was back to the car at 730pm after watching the sunset from the summit. Total distance on my pedo said just under 6 miles.

I would like to go but I do not see any roads to get there. How is this accessed?

This hike is great! Amazing views:) including the cave, the round trip was 6 miles.

Beautiful view, amazing sunset from the peak if you camp. Cave adds a nice side adventure and interesting walk through the burn.

This is an excellent hike with so many beautiful views. Make sure you fill out the paper in the little box at the trail head (northwest forest pass) and keeping your copy on you as you hike...we got stopped on the trail by someone with the forestry service that asked for it. You can be fined if you don’t. The hike was very dusty but so many different terrains and great views I didn’t care. I did bring extra water which was helpful. The cave was not super hard to find, you have to go downhill through the burnt forest and around to the left. Pretty much follow the foot prints. Also this app is amazing and if you open the map somewhere you have phone signal and leave it open you can use it even if you don’t have signal. It will show you as a blue dot and you can “follow the red line” to your destination. I’m surprised how many people use this app and don’t know that. So many photo opportunities it is a great hike. You will get your heart rate up a bit in some parts of this.

I loved this trip! Made it this weekend with my dog. People at the trailhead seem worried about finding the cave, but don’t fret! Is pretty easy to find, especially with other people there. First you should go up to the peak. Right before you get there, you’ll see a campsite to the left. That’s where the cave trail is. Keep going straight to the peak.

After that, head back to the Boca trail and follow that. There’s a patch of now burned forest going downhill. Go downhill. Some people tried to go straight and up, but that’s wrong. Follow the footprints down and to the left, you’ll encounter some jagged rocks, and the trail pretty much shows you the way from there.

Really beautiful up there yesterday! I’d go early because it can get a little busy and there isn’t a lot of room to pass hikers going the other way. Finding the cave can be a little tricky, but we had luck following the footprints in the dirt.

The trail starts on a small gravel road, and be careful not to miss the trailhead about 2,000 feet from the entrance on the right. I have never been on a trail without seeing any other hikers—so if you’re looking for a private, wild, and true hike, this is it! The views are incredible at most points, and it never got too hot due to wind. The bugs are almost all gone, but try to wear pants to help combat plants from cutting and poking your legs. Most of the trail is single-file and quite rugged. Overall amazing, easy to get to, and only hard in distance. The ascent isn’t bad at all.

Awesome hike with beautiful views! It was clear today and you could see several other mountains in addition to Mt. Jefferson. The cave trail is close to the summit - easier to find on the way down. It’s not far, and there is a trail that veers off to the right coming from summit. A large rock in the middle of that trail marks ‘cave’ with an arrow. The cave itself is down through the burned area (but there’s a trail) and is kind of a scramble. Recommend taking poles for this part. There’s a rock formation at the top of the burned area and the cave is down below the opposite side of that formation. So worth the scramble!! It’s beautiful.

Beautiful hike, beautiful view!! Sad to see how much has been devastated from fires but AWESOME to see how much rebuilding is happening and the incredible work of NPS & volunteers. P.s- I could not find the cave even though some folks told me it was “so obvious.” Oh well, amazing nonetheless!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome views at the top and a cool old cabin. The last 1/2 mile or so is the steepest. My 3 year old daughter hiked the whole thing.

backpacking
1 month ago

Not sure why this trail is rated easy and Rho Ridge is rated hard?? (Hawk My is the harder part of Rho Ridge...) worth the work to get to the top, see the historic shelter, sign the book and check out the views.

road was awful lots of washout but all worth at the end campground was nice and clean

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful! This hike was so fun! Even though it was super Smokey and I couldn’t see very far it didn’t matter. I love every part of this hike. Finding the cave was like finding and oasis in the desert..., a much appreciated cool reprieve from the heat. Beautiful views of Mt Jefferson. Perfect length and difficulty level. Just watch your feet on the rocks and roots during the first half or so. Easy drive to the trail. Some gravel road but doable in any car.

Great hike with incredible views. We went on a clear day we could see mount hood and the three sisters. It’s a bit steep at the end but totally worth it. The area where the cave was is completely burnt. However, still highly recommend!

This trail was not bad, however I felt the need to constantly watch my step during most sections to avoid rocks and tree roots. The hike isn’t strenuous until the switchbacks at the end and the rewarding views at the top make it all worth it. Bring more water than you think. The trail to Boca cave was very dusty and dirty due to the remnants of the fire. I had my 14 year old and 10 year old and the cave “trail” gave me some mom anxiety. Haha. It’s very steep and slippery. Coming out of the cave was wet and very steep for the first section. I recommend traction shoes. We were all very dirty at the end, but what an amazing view!

This is a great hike with amazing views of Mt. Jefferson and other cascade mountains. It isn't usually packed with people, which is nice. The forest is beautiful and you get a treat at the top with plenty of private spaces to sit and view. If one was inclined, there is plenty of tent space at the top too. Since the burn, we didn't hike down to the cave this trip. It is a sad site to look out on all the burned up forest, but beautiful all the same. This hike is a good workout, but easy enough for anyone in decent shape.

Made it up in 45 minutes just in time for sunset! Beautiful hike, views and setting!

Another one of my favorites I've discovered after moving here a couple of months ago. Good hike with moderate incline and light traffic. long drive up the side road to get there but well worth it. would do again

Great hike! Got there around 11:30 and there was still parking on a Sunday. Made the mistake of branching off too early in hopes to find the cave (wait until you’re practically on the peak) but that turned into a nice rock climbing trip! Trail to the cave is very dusty from the fires and the trees radiate some heat still. Saw only about 5 people the entire time. Would recommend

hiking
2 months ago

I did the the elk creek hike about a month ago. the trail to Welcome Lakes trail is pretty good. Some trees down but most have been cut. That being said this trail does not receive the normal maintenance that other trails get so expect to crawl over a few trees.

Great Hike with spectacular views. Cave is tricky to find. You’ll need to go up to your left about 0.1 mile before reaching the trail peak.(we actually found it on the way back down which would be on your right). A rock with “cave” and and arrow points the way from the trail (see photos added to this site). Hike up about 200 feet, head toward the right where you will see the burned out forest. Cave is down and around burned out area..(around to the left) Dusty, ashy hike but very worth it!

Trail incline increased noticeably over the last portion of the path but what a wonderful view at the end! Path to the cave is through an old burn. Had to follow footprints in the ash/dust. We didn’t have any trouble but I can imagine if you were the first one after a rain It might be hard. The framed view from the cave is very unique.

So I tried to find the cave but was unsuccessful, when I took the right path (triangulation peak) it dead ends to the peak, where do I go from here?

Hike to a trail junction and head right that’s labeled “triangulation peak”. From that sign you’ll go up nearly 0.7 miles to another (unlabeled) trail junction. To the right is a very short distance to the peak. To the left you make your way down some burned trees about 0.3 miles and take a left around the large rock cliff to get to Boca Cave!

Phenomenal! Definitely a moderate hike. I found the trail marked 3372 fairly easily. There’s really only one fork, and it has a sign. Boca Cave was pretty easy to find as well. Did it with my pup, she loved it. Verizon service at the top fyi. It’s definitely on my go to list now.

This hike is not for beginners! The hike is really steep for about 2 miles, but the last mile gets rough. You have to be EXTREMELY CAREFUL going down since it is easy to fall. Hike at your own risk and with caution.

OMG! beautiful hike ! One of my favorites so far. Drive up was super easy. It turned into a gravel road and I have a little car, but it was very well maintained, not one pot hole. hike was easy in the beginning. Got more uphill at the end, but wasn't awful. At the top the trail goes left or right. left will take you to the top then follow the trail to the right down the burn and around to the rocky side of the mountain on the left the cave is hidden back in there. it's huge you can miss it. make sure on your way back you go to the other trail that split off to the right. It's a super short hike to the peak with beautiful views ! breath taking hike, I can't wait to go back !

hiking
3 months ago

Completed this hike yesterday. From the unmarked trailhead at the gate, it’s realitively flat & easy for the first 1.5 miles. At the intersection of Spotted Owl & Devils Ridge, we opted to take the Cliff route to the right. This is where the climbing begins in earnest. Your quads will scream at you at the steepness of this ridge, but hey that’s why they call it a ridge! The views of the canyon are well worth it. After a brief rest there we continued to the top. Switchback after switchback, the trail continued to test our fortitude. About 1.5 miles from the summit, the trail fades out in places only a mountain goat could navigate but follow the green flagging & you’ll find your way. Round the last bend & you’ll be greeted by the glacier side of Mt. Jefferson. Sweet panoramic views of the canyon. The return down stressed our knees & quads for the first 2 miles but mellowed out by taking the Spotted Owl trail back down to the right of the intersection. Only saw one other hiker up there.

Beautiful Hike, Amazing Views of Mt Jefferson.....I Love It. #TheSignaturePicture.

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