Explore the most popular forest 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Did this hike a few weeks ago with a group. It’s quite the climb by beautiful wildflowers. Really must do iron mountain - the views! Our group did yoga at the top in a beautiful Saturday and not one person came up during the hour we were there.

For middle aged knees it’s a little hard on the way down - but worth it!

So, did the loop with my friend. Super super pretty, you wont regret it, the views and colors are fantastic. I don't have kids, but if I did, I'd take them. I have a lifeproof case so I got some cool shots underwater and of some fish. I work in the mountains for a living and it was hardly a problem to hike it. My friend who doesn't get out as much didn't have much problem either. I'd recommend, but if you're going in the summer make sure to take lots of water and snacks and take your time!

The kids completely fell in love with this one, their faces on getting to stand under the fall was an amazing memory! add that to the short distance and a nice dip in the river when finished it's completely worth it and so nice. we have done it a few times and each time it's been a little busier than the last. it can be muddy in the spring but a great little hike close to home. If you adventure around the river, you can spot a few more tiny falls.

hiking
4 days ago

Steady incline, but good trail. After the first 100-200 yards where it’s an old bulldozer Trail, you come to gravel/rocky spot and it looks like you continue straight. The trail actually continues up to the left as a hiking trail. The old bulldozer road continues straight and dies off. Wildflowers are in bloom! Only saw one other hiker on his way out (on a Tuesday). Beautiful views, not a lot of shade so bring hats for you and kids or baby. No steep drop offs until he top so would be ok with kids. Lots of room at the top.
Directions that worked for me: Turn right onto Straight Creek Road, follow for about 4 miles to a fork in the road, keep right onto FS 1168. After another approx 4 miles, there is a large fork in the road with two posts on each side of the road if you continue straight (continue straight for bachelor mountain TH), keep left here and trailhead is in view on the right.

Good climb. Clocked 2100 ft. Trail is clear but a little overgrown in parts. Every shade of green, light on wildflowers but you will see some. View at the top is pretty. There are more impressive views in the West Cascades, but having seen many, this was a great trail to explore.

Loved this trail! Brought my dog and the trail is pretty exposed and sandy so she was having trouble with how hot the trail was. So I would use caution if you plan to bring a pup. Go early when the trail isn’t hot or put booties on them! Lupine blooming everywhere right now and it is so pretty. Will definitely be back!

Great hike today ! Was beautiful throughout the hike. Would recommend highly.

Trail was in great shape as compared to previous years. Wildflowers, butterflies and a viewpoint at 1.5 mi. Only went as far as split with Browder and Heart Lake. Total of 6.6 mi. Not too overgrown in meadows and a shorter route to Browder Summit or Heart Lake than if you take Browder Ridge Trail. Only tricky part is locating trailhead as roadside sign is missing. Follow directions and look for area on road allowing for parking and signpost without the sign. You’ll hear the creek where you enter the woods and come to the trailhead sign a few feet in.

Very clean trails, good outing for the kids, easy hike with benches to rest for those tired little legs and to eat a quick bite. Beautiful waterfalls.

hiking
9 days ago

This hike was beautiful and there were tons of wildflowers. The viewed of the cascades (various mountains including the three sisters) were breathtaking. The only downside was that you could still hear the highway for most of the hike. The drive out is all paved and the parking fee is 5$ or free if you have a NW forest pass. There is a little deck on top of the mountain. I brought my hammock up, hung it between the poles, and enjoyed the view for a while. The hike is hard, however I would say it is doable even for people who are a little out of shape.

Wildflowers were in bloom everywhere on this trail. Really beautiful! Easy walk until the cutoff to Iron Mtn lookout; that was a strenuous climb but had lots of great stopping points with views and even some benches.
We hiked this last Saturday; lots of people but not “crowded.” Definitely do it again next year at this time.

Really nice hike—recommend starting on the downhill section and coming back along the McKenzie trail.

hiking
10 days ago

I hiked to Rooster Rock in early July, intent on making it a loop at the track on the trail page shows.
I parked at the Trout Creek / west trailhead (room for about 10 cars); the parking area at the Rooster Rock / east trailhead if much larger.
The 2.7 miles walk along OR 20 is too too enjoyable and, in some spots, there is not much of a shoulder to separate you from traffic. Not looking forward to a roadside walk, I scouted the other side of the river but ended at gates with "no trespassing signs".
The 2.3 miles climb up from the Rooster Rock trailhead is steep and relentless (I only spotted a 10 feet flat section the whole way up!). The trail is however well maintained (as of 7/2018) and goes through nice forested slopes. As others have noted, this is likely not a great hike if all you are looking for are the views from the top.
I was actually glad to have chosen to go up the steep side and go down the longest (more gentle) on; while it made for a bit of huffing/puffing on the way up, my knees were thankful for a less extreme pounding returning to the valley floor. The three parties I me on the trail were all doing out-and-backs from the Trout Creek trailhead.

The "summit" is relatively small (not a lot of room to "setup shop" to relax/lunch, especially if you have to share with others. The trail continues to a (higher) second summit just off to the northwest and appears to go further beyond that (possibly due north to the logging roads in that area).

scenic driving
12 days ago

Great for kids and amazing scenery.

hiking
12 days ago

I hiked this trail on 6/30/18. I highly recommend this hike, the scenery is incredible.

If you don't hike as much as you'd like, this trail may be closer to hard than moderate; however, it is a relatively short hike. The biting flies were out, so bring bug spray.

We only hiked from the beginning trailhead over to Clear Lake and had a snack at the resort and then back... a total of 4.5 miles but the hike was wonderful! Large old growth trees, a few wildflowers here and there, and of course Clear Lake is breathtaking. The McKenzie River Trail hit s a "T" and we took the Clear Lake trail over to the resort area. Definitely friendly for kids & dogs (on leash of course). We hiked with a 7 & 13 year old, and our little 7 y.o. was a bit tired by the end. The trail is an easy hike, clearly marked and well maintained. We will definitely be back to hike around the lake on the McKenzie River Trail portion. We encountered several people but it was a Sunday so to be expected. Would recommend going on a weekday?

hiking
13 days ago

For the work you put in on the hike the views are disappointing. We have done Iron Mountain and loved it! So this view was a let down in comparison. It is a butt kicker so if that's what you are going for its a stead incline the whole 3 miles up. We took our kids and they did complete it. Just watch out for poison oak, lots this spring.

hiking
14 days ago

We backpacked up to Marion Lake for the weekend. Great little hike, not too challenging and trail is fairly maintained aside from some overgrown vegetation just before Lake Ann. Pack some bug spray, the skeeters can be annoying spring/early summer. Lots of wildlife, ducks, various critters & birds. We even had several deer walk through our campsite too, it was great!

Pro-top: If you enjoy fishing, pack your raft or floating waders. Excellent trolling up at Marion Lake. :)

Great Hike! The Full loop is closer to 4 miles, the other side of the river is a little tougher than an easy walk but nothing crazy, will definitely go back!

Beautiful little woodland trail , easy lots of ferns, moss and old grown. Falls are minimal size.

hiking
15 days ago

Second time up- beautiful wildflowers starting June. Only one tiny patch of snow near top. No wildlife. The most spectacular 360 view of the mountains as usual. Great picnic spot. Always many people on trailhead

My favorite hike in the PNW!

It was a great hike for us and our 2 dogs. We didn't make the full loop. just walked up to the bridge above Sahalie falls and back to Koosah.

There are amazing views of the waterfalls

Hiked it on 6-24-18 to the Ridge. Beautiful hike with moderate amount of wildflowers. Meadows surprisingly were more ferns than flowers, but still good amount of flowers along the way. Difficult elevation. Starts right off with switchbacks, but levels off for the middle of the hike before dealing with more elevation. Had to hike OFF TRAIL through the upper meadow, just past the cliffs, to get to the Ridge. Once at the ridge, continue up Rocky Ridge to grassy/rocky meadow at summit. Wasn't 360° view due to growing trees, but awesome view nonetheless. Mosquitoes were out, but I've seen worse, use spray. Was in the mid-80s, so I only had brought 3 water bottles; really needed more. Passed 5 other groups/people along the trail. Didnt go to the lake. Decent hike.

Love this hike. appreciate the lookout at the top. have done the entire loop with cone from tombstone and just did it from civil rd parking lot due to time.. wildflowers are beautiful....views are breath taking.

Here are clear directions from Highway 22… A couple miles east of Marion Forks, turn south on Straight Creek Road, go 3.9 miles, turn right on forest service road 1168. Go 3.7 miles, the trail head is about 100 yards off the road on a spur to your left. It is a marked trailhead. It’s about 1-1/2 miles up to the lookout tower, fairly steep elevation gain, and then right back down. The wildflowers were amazing! I love the bear grass! Stunning views at the top.

Shower easy hike, the trail is basically paved out for you. The falls are absolutely beautiful!

Easy hike, and very beautiful falls!

hiking
22 days ago

There are now new signs in place marking this trail. If you are looking to climb Swamp Peak, you will need to take the trailhead on the left hand side of 640. Its about 1.5 miles to the top and you gain nearly 1000ft in elevation. No views until you reach the top.

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