Explore the most popular hiking 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.

backpacking
16 hours 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
4 days 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.

Nice quiet trail but the climb back up was a bit tiring, after 6 miles down hill ...

hiking
10 days ago

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

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

hiking
13 days ago

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

hiking
13 days 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
13 days 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.

What a spectacular hike! The trail begins with a pretty steady incline for the first 2 miles, but it's worth it and doable. Very few mosquitoes. Really only saw them on the first half mile or so and then never thought about them again. Still a few wild flowers left up in the higher country. Make sure to find the side trail to see Marion falls. It's spectacular! I would definitely recommend this hike! Absolutely stunning views and gorgeous waterfalls.

Nice hike don't climb to the summit without gear-experience..Also there is no water so bring plenty.

on Marion Lake Trail

hiking
19 days ago

Lovely hike. A bit of a climb, and the berry branches got pretty close in a spot or two, but the trail was not steep, too wet, rocky, or washed out. On the way up in the morning, there were few people but a lot of mosquitoes, especially below Lake Ann. At Marion Lake, saw a lot of burned out areas, which were turning green. On the way down in the early afternoon heat the mosquitoes were gone but there were a lot of people and dogs coming up the trail. Parking was still ok though. The trailhead has a pit toilet.

Great little hike. We started pretty early on a Sunday with no one at the trailhead. We met an older couple about halfway back down. Nice views all around at the top. Some steep parts with switchbacks.

hiking
22 days ago

Agree that this trail is sketchy in spots and overall it gets very little use or maintenance. The early lakes - Robinson and Kuitan - are small and aren't really overnight destinations. Prince Lake which is about a mile or so from south end of the trail is a little bigger, but you can't see it from the trail - you have to know it's there. The real purpose of this trail is to complete a loop on the backside of Scott Mtn, but be warned the Hand Lake leg of this loop (Trail 3513) sustained heavy fire damage (2015?) and is nearly impassible with all the downed trees. I completely lost the track and had to turn back.

hiking
23 days ago

camped at Big Lake to enjoy swimming and soon discovered Patjen trail head.

depending on which direction of loop you take you will do part of the hike through a old forest burn. great to see all the new plant life already flourishing.

Pleasantly surprised to see some of the Cascade mountains at one point, and came across three small lakes. mosquito repellent was definitely necessary.

hiking
25 days ago

Lovely hike, was a bit steeper than I expected. Heads up for dogs: the trail is sand so it gets very hot during the day.

27 days ago

A great overnight backpacking trip with incredible views of Three fingered jack from the west side of Duffy lake, as well as major payoff when summiting Red Butte - views of three fingered jack, Three sisters, and Mt. Jefferson. Plenty of site to set up camp at Duffy and Mowich, but Duffy is quite popular so get there early or go over to Mowich which will have less people set up. The entire lake basin is incredible! One ask to all folks spending time up there: respect fire bans and all LNT principles!

Beautiful, the trailhead sign posted by the ranger station says 3.1 miles. Hard to find the trailhead, a small sign on the left will tell you, be careful not to pass it. The hike itself is very uphill, lots of elevation. But the view really is worth it. Cool metal pole in the ground at the top. The old growth on the way up is also very pleasant.

A lovely trail that follows the falls and river. A nice, cool breeze along the way. The falls are just beautiful! No parking fee here. After this hike drive down a few more miles to Blue Pool for a more vigorous hike.

on Rooster Rock Trail

hiking
28 days ago

Not a very difficult hike. Gentle ups & downs, just under 3 miles, & if you get there in the morning, it’s not crowded at all!!

this shit was rad. we did it today and decided just to do the up and down from the tombstone pass parking lot, but i’m definitely gonna go back to do the loop with cone peak, which looked liked it had an interesting meadow to poke around. wildflowers were decent but peak was probably two weeks ago, so beginning of july is probably the best time to do it, but the views at the viewing platform are tops for the cascades. we could see from st. helens all the way to diamond peak. saw maybe a dozen others on the trail today, and the parking area weirdly doesn’t seem to be serviced and I couldn’t find a self pay station. i tend to like stuff a little longer and more strenuous but this was great and i’ll be doing it again for sure

Very great little hike! Not too hard at all, some up hill parts, but just enough to speed your breath up. The map seemed to be a bit off, but I’m no expert on that. Very beautiful and green. Plan to go back with a hammock and a book!

very exciting trail, though sometimes footing is a little bumpy and overgrown in some places. view from the top is amazing

cruising on up fr 11, I was surprised when it turned into a one lane road with consistent turn outs. very twisty, kinda fun. after turning onto 1152 keep your eyes out for the trail head on the left, I saw it just as I was passing.
the trail is nice, doesn't appear like there's a lot of traffic. there were no downed logs, and it was soft terrain. after the first half mile, it's pretty much in the shade. I only went to the junction for swamp peak trail and turned around.
this trail doesn't actually go to Gordan Peak, but around it? don't expect views after the very first intersection.
since I was still hunting for a view I returned to the first intersection and carried on towards the scar mtn trailhead. it's about a mile away, but there's a great spot to take a break at the end of this trail...sweet views of Jefferson with Hood in the distance

good family paths cool on a hot day

First, there's no parking/usage fees but there is limited parking near the gate (right after a large brown/green house on the left and a scenic byway sign on the right), otherwise you'll have to park off the highway. Id say near the gate it'll probably fit 6-7 cars.
Second, this is great for dogs but probably not smaller or older dogs as there are some downed logs and large rocks you have to get over.
Third, there's some streams but easily maneuvered around. I imagine in spring they are not passable without walking through them.
Fourth, there are quite a few spots with growth hanging over the path, no biggie for most, but some may want to wear long sleeves/pants. Some growth is salmon(?)berry bushes with small thorns.
All in all, the hike was awesome! Some spots where you need to hoof it but the end is worth it. The falls near the House Rock are beautiful. Got there at 8 and saw no one else until we were almost back at the beginning.

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