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.

Hiked this trail on Saturday 5/16/18. Interesting contrasts: the first and last 1/3 of the trail showcase the forest recovery from the 2011 fire. The middle 1/3 is lush and beautiful and feels very peaceful and secluded. The last portion goes along Big Lake for a while. Apparently the mosquitos hatched 5 days before we got there, so that was pretty intense anytime we were near any of the lakes! Bring spray :) Lots of fallen trees still from winter. Boat and ATV noise when starting and ending the trail. Very nice overall though!

This hike was absolutely stunning! Though I don’t feel the description here is accurate.
1) Unless I had older kids that were experienced hikers, I would not take them on this trail. There are good portions of the trail that is narrow with steep drop offs.
2) Both my fitness tracker and my husbands told us we’d walked 3.8 miles (connected to gps)

Neither of these things were an issue for us, but as a parents (who luckily didn’t have our kids with us) we commented several times on how we would not want to take our kids on the loop.

Overall it is an amazingly beautiful hike! I hope to do it again some day!

Really cool hike, with epic views. Bring your bug stuff, mosquitos were really bad. Still patches of snow up top (6/17/18) that obscure the trail, but only for a few hundred feet. Dozens of trees blocking the trail make for some good exercise! Try not to beat your own trail at these spots.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike. Excellent conditions. Pretty steady climb with awesome views at the top!

hiking
4 days ago

Just an awesome hike. Great views and wildflowers on the way up, and even more stunning views at the top!

hiking
5 days ago

Oh boy I thought this was a moderate hike LOL as a beginning hiker It took about two hours to get to the top. It keep inclining. Great hike I was just glad I made it to the top.

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike!!! Amazing view. You can see Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Three Finger Jack, Mt. Washington and Three Sisters. A lot of fun.

hiking
8 days ago

Great afternoon hike. Went mid day and passed many people obviously leaving from overnight backpacking trips. The lake is wonderful and would recommend.

on Square Lake

backpacking
8 days ago

Great 2-night trip to the lake (Mon-Wed). Plenty of mosquitoes. Saw fish jumping and got one bite but no success. During our 40 hours saw just two people hike past from Round Lake. No snow in sight except up far past Booth Lake on the hill in front of Three Fingered Jack to the North. Hiked around the lake clockwise. There's a trail of sorts from where the maintained trail to Round lake departs all the way to the peninsula on the East side but not beyond. The 2003 burn left tons of standing, dead, bleached white, barkless trees, making it easier to see but strangely eery

The views are incredible.. switch backs aren't for the faint heart... one of my favs..

Great waterfalls with an amazing hike through the forest. Didn’t want to blink.

A beautiful short hike, lots of trillium in bloom, wild iris on the drive up. We went on a Tuesday and didn't see another soul. Have to watch for the trail marker we drove past had to back up not easy on that road! The cement slab lookout at the top is a perfect place to have a quiet lunch and enjoy the view!!!

Loved taking my 4 and 15 year old sons here today! We all had an amazing time! It was a great workout with breathtaking scenery! We will definitely come back here again!

The snow is completely gone. I went on a Thursday afternoon and didn't run into a sole. There is A Lot of trees across the trail though.

hiking
14 days ago

Just a heads up, I went up there today and ran into a mama bear and her 3 cubs about a 1/4 mile into the hike. My dog and I had a pretty good stare down with them until they wondered off. Just thought I would share.

Great hike, short and steep. But great views with a fire lookout and helipad. Only very small (30ft long) of snow to cross over.

I give this a 5 because it is hard. It is a challenge & a good one. Definitely worth it, though it’s not a 360 degree view like Iron Mountain. There was a native sedum in bloom with a vivid yellow and what appeared on the SE slope to be Indian paintbrush also flowering bright red. I hiked the trail 2 days ago.

hiking
17 days ago

We were the only ones out on this little-traveled trail today! While it is quite steep in places, it is not very long. It has a beautiful forest, gorgeous wildflowers, and amazing panoramas from the top.

hiking
17 days ago

Dont listen to Jordan Rice. He dosent know what he talking about.

scenic driving
17 days ago

Great hike with amazing views, only one small patch of snow close to the top.

Beautiful falls and well worth the hike but be warned this is not an easy trail. Trail is very steep and narrow in places. You have to step aside if you meet anyone on the way. To get to any decent view of the falls you have to climb over a good size rock pile. I gave it a 4 because the falls were so beautiful. If you are older or not in the best of shape plan on many breaks.

hiking
18 days ago

Lots of garbage and people. I would go elsewhere this spot is no longer worth the drive. ugh.

backpacking
19 days ago

Great lil hike for all ages. multiple established campsites with fire rings. great in snow early January and in the heat of july-august

hiking
19 days ago

Wonderful hike. Great elevation climb. Scenery was beautiful. There was however a lot of poison ivy blooming, but it looked like it had been sprayed.

hiking
23 days ago

May 28th -Stellar wildflowers in full bloom! Great view of Old Cascade Crest peaks. Not a strenuous hike and suitable for kids and dogs. The seasonal creeks were already drying up but I could get water from the creeks on the flank of Cone Peak. My 8yp son found an arrowhead near the meadows on Cone Peak midway through the loop. Interesting volcanic formations and wildflower meadow lend this medium length day hike loop a backcountry feel

I hiked this trail on 5/28/18. It is perfect if you're looking to beat the snow (though there is some 4 miles in) and you're wanting to get a good work out. Take your trekking poles! Great views!

hiking
23 days ago

Great views of old cascade crest peaks and meadows! Peregrine falcons nest on the cliffs below the peak. It’s a short hike but the trail is somewhat exposed as it switchbacks by interesting volcanic remnants. The viewing platform at the summit affords a view from Mt Adams to Diamond Peak as well as the South Santiam river drainage. Suitable for kids and dogs there can be late lying snow near the peak on the north side into July but not in 2018. A popular trail and part of a loop that wraps around Irion Mountain and passes over the lower slope of Cone Peak and back through Tombstone prairie to the trailhead.

The views at the end make this 5 stars. Trail in relatively good shape. Had to get over a few trees in the beginning. To get to the concrete pad, (the remains of look out,) we had to scramble up the rock. A little scary if you're scared of heights. I felt like the trail was on the difficult side of moderate. I definitely got a cardio workout out in. My 11 year old son and husband were fine. :)

hiking
24 days ago

The views were truly amazing. We could see Mt. hood to sisters to bachelor and in the distance to the west Mary’s peak. Not a difficult hike but you can extend it by hiking the cone peak trail from tombstone which turns into a big loop.

What a great hike! Uphill and downhill varies throughout so that is nice. You can see the river for most of the hike. Both Falls are accessible if you can’t do the whole hike. But if you can, the hike is beautiful and lots of nice shade on a hot day. Started at Sahalie Falls and went down the steps to the left...keep going past Koosah Falls and down to the Reservoir bridge. Take that right and go all the way down to the restrooms. The trail continues down there on the right (but all the way by the restrooms). There are a couple of other inlets on the way but I have no idea where they go I can only tell you that! Go back up on the other side of the river, around above Sahalie Falls, and to the bridge - no the log is not the bridge don’t panic like I did haha keep going it’s very close! More spectacular views as you make your way back to Sahalie Falls parking area. Saw dogs, kids, bikes, etc. very crowded but it’s a holiday weekend.

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