Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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!

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.

It is a very short walk to the waterfall. Highly recommend, as the waterfall is amazing!!!

8 days 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!

11 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.

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.

15 days ago

Great easy hike!

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

19 days ago

This was a great little hike! The lake was beautiful and serene.

scenic driving
19 days ago

Great for kids and amazing scenery.

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?

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!

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

24 days ago

The waterfall was beautiful!

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.

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!

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 are 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 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 full loop for a few years.

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

1 month ago

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.

1 month 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.

on Square Lake

1 month 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

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!

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