Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

A day hike that is not to be missed! The loop is more likely a 3-mile trek, but every step is worth it. The loop takes you around 3 very accessible and spectacular falls. You’ll get to see each from multiple angles and you can get surprisingly close to the edges, so caution is needed. For groups with little ones, less mobility or less time, stay on the near side and go south (go left downhill from the parking lot) and you will see all 3 falls in a half mile stretch. Well worth the short detour off of highway 20.

loved loved loved this very short but beautiful hike. fall is popping right now in color

Would consider this an easy hike. Short and sweet!

9 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.

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.

on Iron Mountain Trail

hiking
26 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.

backpacking
27 days ago

End of Summer hike. Scenery was beautiful, nice views....and also the forest is making a comeback. We saw many deer over the 3 days (we camped at square lake). We caught some trout as well! Downside was that the trails were very dusty and it was pretty much like walking on sand the whole time.

Great views of Three Finger Jack and Mt Jefferson. Nice trail, narrow though and lots of Mt Bikers. Great old growth forests. No water except near south trailhead. Used this trail to connect to the Old Cascade Crest loop trail.

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.

on Square Lake

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for kids. It’s long for young ones, but our 4-year olds were able to make it - albeit with very tired legs at the end. Beautiful views the entire way. Nice picnic area *after* you see the sign markers at the top of the lake.

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.

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!

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

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
2 months 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.

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.

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

good family paths cool on a hot day

wow! Incredible! we did the loop starting at tombstone and going to trail to left past bathroom to cone peak. 6.6 miles. georgeous! wild flowers were spectacular, not many people on the loop, and wonderful views!!!!! trails were not clearly marked on the loop but follow william sullivan's instructions and you will be great!

Hiked this trail two weeks ago. Nobody at the trailhead when we arrived. Gradual elevation loss for first mile or so & then the climbing begins. Switchbacks with good tread get you up the mountain with views of the 3 Sisters, Mt. Washington and the 3 Pyramids along the way. The tree line opens up to an amazing meadow filled with wildflowers, bear grass & throngs of butterflies. It was amazing. The final push to the top is along a ridge line & you pop out to the site of an old fire lookout. The view of Mt. Jefferson here is fantastic! Take some time to catch your breath as you take in the views before heading back down. Check out the alpine lake below before departing. Side note, active logging is visible from this viewpoint.

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