Explore the most popular wildlife 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 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!

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

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!

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.

13 days ago

This hike was beautiful and there were tons of wildflowers. The viewed of the cascades (various mountains including the three sisters) were breathtaking. The only downside was that you could still hear the highway for most of the hike. The drive out is all paved and the parking fee is 5$ or free if you have a NW forest pass. There is a little deck on top of the mountain. I brought my hammock up, hung it between the poles, and enjoyed the view for a while. The hike is hard, however I would say it is doable even for people who are a little out of shape.

Wildflowers were in bloom everywhere on this trail. Really beautiful! Easy walk until the cutoff to Iron Mtn lookout; that was a strenuous climb but had lots of great stopping points with views and even some benches.
We hiked this last Saturday; lots of people but not “crowded.” Definitely do it again next year at this time.

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

14 days ago

I hiked to Rooster Rock in early July, intent on making it a loop at the track on the trail page shows.
I parked at the Trout Creek / west trailhead (room for about 10 cars); the parking area at the Rooster Rock / east trailhead if much larger.
The 2.7 miles walk along OR 20 is too too enjoyable and, in some spots, there is not much of a shoulder to separate you from traffic. Not looking forward to a roadside walk, I scouted the other side of the river but ended at gates with "no trespassing signs".
The 2.3 miles climb up from the Rooster Rock trailhead is steep and relentless (I only spotted a 10 feet flat section the whole way up!). The trail is however well maintained (as of 7/2018) and goes through nice forested slopes. As others have noted, this is likely not a great hike if all you are looking for are the views from the top.
I was actually glad to have chosen to go up the steep side and go down the longest (more gentle) on; while it made for a bit of huffing/puffing on the way up, my knees were thankful for a less extreme pounding returning to the valley floor. The three parties I me on the trail were all doing out-and-backs from the Trout Creek trailhead.

The "summit" is relatively small (not a lot of room to "setup shop" to relax/lunch, especially if you have to share with others. The trail continues to a (higher) second summit just off to the northwest and appears to go further beyond that (possibly due north to the logging roads in that area).

scenic driving
16 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?

17 days ago

For the work you put in on the hike the views are disappointing. We have done Iron Mountain and loved it! So this view was a let down in comparison. It is a butt kicker so if that's what you are going for its a stead incline the whole 3 miles up. We took our kids and they did complete it. Just watch out for poison oak, lots this spring.

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!

20 days ago

Second time up- beautiful wildflowers starting June. Only one tiny patch of snow near top. No wildlife. The most spectacular 360 view of the mountains as usual. Great picnic spot. Always many people on trailhead

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

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.

Love this hike. appreciate the lookout at the top. have done the entire loop with cone from tombstone and just did it from civil rd parking lot due to time.. wildflowers are beautiful....views are breath taking.

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

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

1 month ago

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

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.

1 month ago

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

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!!!

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