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

one of my favorite trails. very easy, well maintained. the water is magical

Great hike! The fall colors around the lake made the lake even more beautiful!

Pretty hike. Several beautiful waterfalls. Shaded so good for a hot Summer day. We had a group ranging in age from 13 to 55. Hike was enjoyed by all.

hiking
6 days ago

Road: Came in from the south, many big rocks in the road for a one lane road, so never able to go over 15 mph. I had to move maybe 5-6 rocks out of the road. At Milepost 8 you will see a very small road 877 off to the left that is very steep and maybe 300 yards up that road is the trailhead. I don't recommend cars with low clearance on the very last part of the road. You can either park at the bottom and hike up or bring a different vehicle.

HIke: First part of the hike has bear grass, rhododendrons, chinquapins, vine maple, huckleberry and oregon grape under an old growth canopy. It is excellent. I went the 2nd week in Oct and not only did I only see one person, the leaves were turning brilliant colors especially the vine maple. Hike is uphill the entire way but not too steep until right at the end. Keep going and look for the cutback trail that goes up to the very top. It can be easy to miss. Once almost at the top , you have almost a 360 view. If you continue the last 25 yards to the top, you have a complete 360 view but you have to climb a bit over some rock and coming down was a bit more challenging. It has spectacular views!

Awesome trail along the river with fantastic views of rapids and waterfalls. One side of the loop is developed, most likely from CCC crews, with log fences and a couple of observation points. The less developed side of the loop is more picturesque. Fall colors were out in full force. A beautiful hike. It took us two hours because we took so many pictures.

This is a 5* hike. The reason I'm giving it 4* is due to the misleading slight difficulty in driving the roads. We trekked from Corvallis, and let me reassure you the find and hike are worth it. However, if you drive a sedan, be mindful of your clearance, and follow the AllTrails map and some of the helpful instructions in the reviews to the T. It is easy to get lost on forest roads. In addition, the signs on RD 11 are misleading. We followed the signs and ended up really in the middle of nowhere. Follow the user guided instructions and your Apple Maps and you should get there. Take the roads slow, when we drove there last week, there were minor obstacles and some difficulty in clearance (scraping the bottom a few times). Be careful, and most importantly, have fun.

great ride with only two hikers on the trail. lots of water for the horses.

hiking
21 days ago

Spectacular views on a clear day. The road in was in decent condition considering the location. The hike itself was short but still a workout. I would have climbed many more miles for the experience at the top. The fall colors were gorgeous and the trail was well kept. Simply wonderful.

A day hike that is not to be missed! The loop is more likely a 3-mile trek, but every step is worth it. The loop takes you around 3 very accessible and spectacular falls. You’ll get to see each from multiple angles and you can get surprisingly close to the edges, so caution is needed. For groups with little ones, less mobility or less time, stay on the near side and go south (go left downhill from the parking lot) and you will see all 3 falls in a half mile stretch. Well worth the short detour off of highway 20.

loved loved loved this very short but beautiful hike. fall is popping right now in color

Would consider this an easy hike. Short and sweet!

Hiked this with My Sunflower on a gorgeous day.
Beautiful , easy trail. Intended to look for Christmas tree ornaments placed by the ranger district but didn’t get far enough.

hiking
30 days ago

A nice easy hike to House Rock. The forest is pretty along the river, some old growth trees along the way and on a hot day the river and falls at House Rock are perfect to play in. Can see in rainy season some spots could be difficult to cross. Trail was well maintained in Sept 18.

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing Overnight stay.

Hiked this trail today without my Sunflower and with the threat of rain for the afternoon.. Low cloud levels prevented good clear views.
Was on the trail looking for the U.S. Capital Christmas tree ornaments but didn’t find any. SweetHome ranger district lists 3 ornaments on the trail with one being close to Gale creek trail head but found no such trail head or marker. Turned around and headed back down at the 5 miles in.

One of my favorite hikes!

Such a beautiful hike with view of the river and waterfalls the whole way. My three young kids easily did it, ages 4-10 yrs old. One of my new favorite hikes.

What a great hike. We parked at Sahalie Falls and enjoyed the view from the main viewpoint, then headed downriver on the east side of the McKenzie. After stopping at Koosah Falls, we continued down river until we got to the reservoir. Go across the bridge turn upriver at the toilet and head north along the east side. This less travelled trail is a jewel and has just as good of views of both falls. Continue a half mile past Sahalie Falls to cross the river on a man bridge. Then you can head back to Salahie Falls where you began.

Found a hidden gem along this trail. Almost died. It was epic.

hiking
1 month ago

Actually is the McQuade Creek trail to Chimney Peak. Went towards Chimney Peak with My Sunflower from the Mcquade Cr. trail head #3397..
It’s an easy hike in but very limited usage with overgrown plants on a mostly very narrow trail.
Lots of old growth to wander through and must cross 2 creek areas. Shaded for long stretches and very pretty for the most part. It’s an easier way to Chimney Peak.

backpacking
1 month ago

End of Summer hike. Scenery was beautiful, nice views....and also the forest is making a comeback. We saw many deer over the 3 days (we camped at square lake). We caught some trout as well! Downside was that the trails were very dusty and it was pretty much like walking on sand the whole time.

Beautiful hike with flowing cold mountain water. This is a great place to take a break and enjoy the surroundings. The hike was easy, there are other trails to go on to get close to the water.

on Square Lake

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for kids. It’s long for young ones, but our 4-year olds were able to make it - albeit with very tired legs at the end. Beautiful views the entire way. Nice picnic area *after* you see the sign markers at the top of the lake.

great trail for families to go together. young children not so much, junior high and up. some pretty steep places. the stars were incredibly bright. was not many campers at Santiam lake. quiet.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great backpacking spot

I took this hike on August 17, 2018. The beginning temperature was 59° and sunny. When I completed the hike the temperature was 67° and sunny. I completed the hike as a loop ( which included the Iron Mountain Look Out, Cone Hill Trail and Tombstone Pass Trail ). As an added bonus on this hike, I was the only person on the 7.4 mile loop. Elevation gain was 1870 feet ( I went clockwise instead of counter clockwise ). The views were awesome. There was a slight haze from the fires down south, but every once in a while I could see the glaciers in the distance. The wildflowers were coming close to the end of their season, but there were still many varieties in bloom. I recommend this hike to anyone wanting to experience the best that Oregon has to offer! I had a great time!

on Marion Lake Trail

hiking
2 months ago

A must do hike! I loved it!

3rd time I’ve been here. The 1hr 40min drive is very well worth it from where I live. The trail is in really good condition as is the parking lot & restrooms. 2.2 mile hike labeled as easy which is accurate. Today’s water was turquoise, and it was beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Sand is too hot for dog paws this time of year though.

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