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.

pretty, but can find lots better

2 days ago

Hiked this with My Sunflower on a gorgeous day.
Beautiful , easy trail.

The PCT section follows easy rolling terrain for 3.5 miles to the cairn marking the left turn up the North ridge route. The trail gives way to a moderate scramble a mile or so up the ridge. The summit block rises about 450’ from the ridge. The 3 pitch climb requires technical climbing ability and equipment. Great views! A climbers trail descends 1400’ across the steep scree field on the west face to the PCT for a 5 mile hike back to TH. Or you can descend along the ridge route the way you came up. Make sure to have plenty of light because the ridge route is sketchier downhill than on the way up. No water along the route

hiking
6 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
6 days ago

Amazing Overnight stay.

7 days ago

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!

What a great hike! perfect day, nice breeze. Awesome views once you reach the old look out tower. Perfect place to sit and relax while eating lunch while soaking in the views.

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.

hiking
19 days ago

We hiked this as a family with 7 and 11 year olds. The first half was fairly easy. The switch backs towards the top though were hard. Awesome payoff at the end. Gorgeous views despite smoke from Terwilliger fire. We found a water bottle with some hiking goodies and a sign in sheet.

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.

on Iron Mountain Trail

hiking
24 days ago

Hiked to the top with My Sunflower the first week of May. There was still quite a bit of snow on the trails both in shaded and open areas. We could not make it to the top by the normal route because of the snow drifts that were still deep and to soft, so we made our own route on a steeper, open area from the west by southwest side.
We made our way back down from the top by an equally steep route which gave My Sunflower an anxiety attack because of the steepness but she pulled through like a trooper.
Also lost the bottom leg extension on my black diamond trekking pole on the steep decline somewhere. We’ll try to find it a little later on a return hike.

on Chimney Peak Trail

25 days ago

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.

Just realize that it’s almost all uphill going out. Not very long but all uphill. Of course, coming back is all downhill. Quick fast walk.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on August 16th, 2018. It was a bit smokey at the top, but without the smoke the views would have been astonishing. The hike up was quite nice, not terribly difficult and without too many super steep parts. The thing that stuck out the most to be on this hike was the amount of huckleberries and thimbleberries! They are absolutely everywhere right now, and to me that sells the hike all its own. That being said, this hike is probably worth doing any time of the year. Highly recommended.

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!

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
1 month 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.

Es un sendero bonito, bien señalizado, se comunica con otros senderos.

Nice hike. Little overgrown in spots and a bit of scramble to get to the falls. The water was beautiful and cool :)

hiking
1 month ago

Fun and fairly flat trail for kids with a beautiful waterfall at each end!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is a challenge! We took the longer, less steep route, but it was still a major climb. The terrain remains the same throughout the hike and isn't as beautiful as many of our Oregon hikes. The view from the top is a treat after making the climb though!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this on 8/5/18. It's a really good climb at 2,500 ft. We parked down near the highway and walked the .4 miles to the trailhead, so the total was 10.4 miles. The terrain changes from nice forested path, to rambling over tons of fallen trees, to super dusty silt and rock. The views were obscured mostly by haze today. Otherwise, I could imagine they'd be beautiful. We saw only one other person on the trail, which was great. From the top, you can see Duffy Lake and Mowich Lake. Along the hike is a small lake. I'd rate this hike more of a 3.5 stars due to all the fallen trees in the path, like 50 or more, and when you stopped to rest, you were harassed by flies and near the end of the day mosquitoes. We got beat up a few times trying to find workarounds. I can't deny that it was an awesome workout.

I have hiked this trail several time and always enjoy the hike. Each hike I see something new and interesting. Beautiful old growth tree and green meadows with wild flower. Challenging hike but not too hard, just enjoyable.

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