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

10 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.

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!

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.

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.

Simple and well marked trail thru old growth. awesome destination at house rock. only one creek area that is potentially difficult to traverse depending on the water flow

Nice trail but can't do it all this time of year (March) without waterproof boots (or a willingness to finish the hike with wet feet). About 1.2 miles in there is a 20 foot wide creek flowing into the Santiam that cannot be crossed without getting into the water. During the summer months this is likely a small stream that is easily crossed but not this time of year. You will also find a small stream earlier in the hike. We were able to find a log just a bit upstream to cross this one or our hike would have ended there. We are looking forward to finishing this one come summer.

5 months ago

Snowshoe a short 2.5 miles into the Mountain View shelter for cozy overnight camping in a rustic(though recently constructed) cabin complete with 6 benches to sleep on and several hammock tie off points . Vault toilet. Wood stove. No firewood stocked at time of this post, but smaller snags in the area provided enough wood to burn for the night. 4 people stayed on Sunday night but it can be packed on Friday and Saturday. Beautiful night sky. Some peaks in sight ( N.sister, Mt. Wash, Three Fingered Jack) but Mountain View might be slightly overstated. Lots of snowshoe hare, coyote and bobcat prints. I snowshoed about 5 miles past the Maxwell Butte warming shelter on the way out, plenty of wood there, but no camping within 300’ allowed. All the waypoint maps were easily found along the route and clearly showed the trail ahead. Family friendly

Gorgeous hike. This time of year it was a bit muddy and snow covered in some areas with some small trees down. All in all well worth the views and the waterfall by House rock is spectacular.

Fun hike with my son

10 months ago

Tuya Volcano
Hayrick butte was a sub-glacial volcano that formed like jello in an icy mold. Rapid cooling of the lava created its sheer walls and gave Hayrick butte a distinctive flat top. Starting clockwise from the bottom lift of Hoodoo-There are a series of ohv trails that skirt the base along the north side, I followed those through rocky ledges and boulders for about a mile, then right onto big lake road for 1.5miles along the east side. From big lake rd after the 810 and before the 860 road I spotted a potential route to a ridge on the NE side. There is no user trail but was able to scramble up a talus slope to gain a forested ridge that is visible from the road. Use it to ascend to the plateau atop the butte. It took about 40 minutes to get up and was fairly easy with occasional use of hands. It is forested up top and not as flat as it appears from a distance. I only saw the one way up, so was careful to keep track of the route and also used it to descend. Great views of Three fingered Jack, mt. Washington and probably more had it not been so smoky. Continuing clockwise along the south to a right turn on 860 dirt road then right on OHV trail 20 and another right on OHV trail 22. It will take you over the saddle between Hayrick butte and Hoodoo mt returning you to the area behind the bottom lift. Some of the most spectacular cliffs on Hayrick butte are near the saddle where sheer walls rise hundreds of feet and giant blocks of stone litter the base of the butte.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Really nice hike. The first mile is a nice walk. The subsequent miles have lots of downed trees. You will spend a fair bit of time navigating up and over and around. Then the trail clears out again for the hike to the top. It's billy goat walking and the last half mile is a challenge. Gorgeous views at the top! Mt Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Black Butte, Mt Washington and Three Sisters. A bit hazy from the wildfires.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Great hike winter and summer. Summer offers a private lake and great view of many mountains. Winter is just great scenery and you can warm up in the cabin at the top. Better view in the summer!

Friday, July 07, 2017

Had a little trouble finding the turn off coming from Redmond and doubled back but once parked it was nice that there was no parking or usage fee.We parked at the gate, crossed a bridge and found the trail head clearly marked. The hike in was gorgeous! The old growth and moss on the trees was spectacular...and a little creepy. We didn't see a soul and plowed through a lot of spider webs for half the trail. Once we got to the House Rock camp ground area, there were more signs of life and clear markers. The falls were beautiful (I'm a falls junkie) but I couldn't view them as I would've liked without wading into the river. There may be better viewing from the top, but we didn't venture further up the Santiam Wagon Road: next year. Very pretty, crazy green and not too buggy...or maybe that was the Deet I'd bathed in. Worth the effort.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This is a pleasant and easy trail with very little traffic. There are several stream crossings, most of which barely get your shoes wet. There is one crossing a little over a mile in that is a little tricky and if there were more water flowing, some good knee-high waterproof boots would be necessary. The reward at the end of this hike is House Rock Falls along with a swimming hole or two. However, people can easily drive to House Rock campground, so it would probably be busy around House Rock and the falls in mid-summer. One of the nice features of this trail is that it's mostly downhill heading back to the trailhead, so if you're tired, it's an easy walk.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

We just did the first half of this trail and it was so gorgeous! You can hear the road below occasionally, but it feels very secluded. Tall grass and ferns. It was awesome!

It started out great, but just over a mile into it the creek was too high to cross without getting totally wet. We will go back when it drys out a bit

There is lots to look at, a few Creeks we had to cross, the water was high so our feet were totally wet and muddy. But it was fun anyways. Good leg workout. moderate is the correct level for this hike.

Monday, April 03, 2017

It's a really easy fun trail for mom and kids. Easy if you're carrying a baby too. The only negative side is that it's really windy! Pack extra clothes!

on Maxwell Butte Trail

Monday, March 27, 2017

Great mountain bike trail with little to no foot traffic

Sunday, February 26, 2017

This was a nice trail for my third time snowshoeing. It was very warm heading up and we didn't do the whole loop but turned around after about 1.5 miles. Just where the trees thinned completely and the view was amazing.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

If you're looking for a short easy hike in between showers on a rainy day, this is it. There's a small cave right off the start of the trail that is easily accessible and has a small stream running through it. At the end of the House Rock Falls trail is a gorgeous roaring waterfall. For a historical treat, take the Santiam Wagon Trail which used to be the highway between Albany and Sisters.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Nice hike that the whole family went on. It was really neat going into the "cave" there was a lot water running through it but I had my water proof hiking boots on. Would recommend this hike.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Nice hike! There is a camp ground you can park at that is only .5mi away from the falls or you can take this lovely trail through the forest. Either way- House Rock Falls is pretty cool! It's super slippery getting to the base though so be careful!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

nice easy hike with some fun falls as the pay off at the end!

Beautiful hike!!

Sunday, January 03, 2016

this is a nice snow shoe. the top is open, with little trees coverage. so check on wind conditions. it was extremely windy when I went. but a great view at the top

Sunday, May 25, 2014

3-4 hour hike. Make sure you take plenty of water.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

An amazing area to see as you snowshoe around the base of Hayrick Butte. Our group parked at the ski lodge and started out the trip circling Hayrick Butte clockwise. We saw Three Finger Jack for most of the morning, until we looped to the east a bit more, where views of Big Lake and Patjens Lake came into site. Views of Mt. Washington opened up as we continued the loop. A lot of scenery along the southern side of the butte. Large open snow covered meadows and lakes. The trail is mostly a backcountry loop around the base. As long as you keep the butte to your right and not go too far up, you will find your way and enjoy the trip. I would highly recommend this trail to others, and I will be doing the snowshoeing trip again this winter. Pictures I posted are all from January 12, 2012.

Friday, October 29, 2010

I've enjoyed snowboarding at Hoodoo several times. Great terrain and many trails of various difficulties. Not as many trees as I like, but the snow is still great throughout the season. Hoodoo has really done a great job improving their facilities over the years and expanding themselves. Reasonable price for a lift ticket, and the lines aren't too busy on the weekends. Amazing views from the summit.

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