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Tried to make it out here today. First, we drove past the trailhead, we thought it might have been the trailhead cause we drove over railroad tracks but our Google Maps told us to keep going. We only went a bit further though before it started to snow so we turned around and went back to where we'd crossed the tracks to give it a try. However, when we got out of the car there was audible gunfire from nearby. Turns out the trails runs parallel to an area where people like to practice shooting, even though there we signs that said "no shooting" (but they had bullet holes in them...) Anyways, we opted not to try since we weren't sure it was the correct trail head and the proximity of the gun range to the trail seemed too dangerous for our comfort. Once home I confirmed that the area with the gun range was the trailhead so we may go back later in the year when it isn't snowing.

Amazing. Moderate in effort, track is in great shape. Slight mud in lower spots. I was actually quite impressed with how dry it was. Slight hills, but all great footing. Good for kids, maybe not the little ones (6 and under?) Parking and access was super easy.

You’ll reach Pittock Mansion at the top - so fun to explore as well as bathroom access. Go do this!

I liked this trail. It was easy and I had fun. Also got approached by a rooster at then end, just wishing us a good day!

Cool, easy out and back. Impossible to get lost since you just follow the railroad. Trail is becoming overgrown which is beautiful imo. Very cool old railroad structures. Careful on the bridges and in the tunnels.

17 days ago

I only went as far as Whiskey Creek cabin, well after a short detour that passed the cabin. It was a great day for the hike. I pretty much had the trial to myself. The only problem that I had was trying to cross some of the waterfalls because of the recent weather. I am a nervous nelly and that is why I had a problem. However, if I could do it, then anyone could. :-) I wil totally do this hike again.

so it only lost a star because it is covered in a foot of snow at the moment, making for a tougher trek. beautiful though. I'll definitely go back. we made it 2.5mi in to the first tunnel but turned back because of snow. I HAVE to go back to see the bridges.

For a quick derp in the woods it’s awesome!

Great short family hike.

The water and waterfalls are beautiful!

Did this last year and was not disappointed. Best long trail I’ve done in quite a long time.

29 days ago

LOVED this trail! My husband and I completed it in a grueling two-day trek. The eastern portion is clearly signed at every landmark with mile markers, but the western part is hardly signed at all (but the trail is still easy to find). The views are breathtaking and it made for a wonderful trip.

1 month ago

Fascinating place and an easy trail for creatures who wear boots. Four stars only because the trail was short and I wanted to see more. The way the flora got a root-hold in the landscape was both inspiring and beautiful. We visited in mid-June on a sunny and warm day. Be ready for the three variations of rock to heat up fast in midday and it reflects a lot of light so take sunscreen even for the short jaunt. Definitely a place for closed toe shoes, keep an eye on little kiddos, and please do not bring doggos - I don't think they make tough enough dog-boots for this particular trail. I witnessed one hiker carrying his adult yellow lab on his shoulders, they best place for him if he couldn't stay home.

1 month ago

Great and easy short hike in the middle of the Oregonian desert. 2 hours drive from Portland. Definitely worth it.

Great moderate hike to take my dog!

Awesome hike with the kids! Quiet and close

1 month ago

Good for the kids. The right mix of uphill and flat. Really enjoyed it.

This is one of those one-timer trails where you feel satisfied after visiting one time with no desire of going back especially with a dog off leash. Too close to the road for comfort. One thing that made it worth to see is to see the St John bridge up close from the ground up but that’s about it.

Did this trail last summer. Great for beginners, since it's fairly flat. Definitely a popular trail though, lots of people, kids, dogs, groups playing music, ect.
The old mine town is very cool and the waterfalls and pools are so beautiful, that it was well worth the crowds.

Great trail if you want to get out but don’t feel like driving out of the Portland area. It is muddy in some parts so make sure to have proper footwear.

Not much of a workout as far as elevation gain goes but by far my favorite walk in the woods I've taken in along time. Beautiful forest views with cool defunct railroad gear. Bring a flashlight, the tunnel is dark and creepy.

2 months ago

I loved taking my dog on this walk/hike! He had such a great time and There was even a creek he could drink from. Gorgeous trees, gorgeous little rest spots hidden from the trail, and security cameras at some points so I felt safe walking alone with my dog. Would visit again!

Easy walk to take the dog on and I love people watching on the waterfront but there's much better places in the area to go to.

Great trail for a workday workout. Great city views. Loud on Eastside but that wS expected

Beautiful trail in west central Oregon. There are waterfalls along the hike, plus an old mine and mining town toward the end of the loop. Highly recommend.

2 months ago

Quick hike with some good uphill climbs. Not too much of a challenge but also close and easy to get to. Lots of educational material along the trail as well

2 months ago

Nice hike!! I might go jogging in there next time.

The trail is closed due to a landslide. It still takes you up to the mansion for amazing views! You just cannot continue from there.

This is one I enjoy several times a year. I cannot seem to get enough of the opal creek ancient forest. I consider myself a keeper of the forest and I am always amazed at the beauty of this hike and the surroundings. Respect the forest and leave no trace.

12/31/17 4wd will definitely be needed once you enter the forrest. This hike truly is a GEM and has everything you could ask for in a hike. The railroad is quickly becoming overgrown and washed out so enjoy it while you can. Not recommend if scared of heights and the tracks are very slippery when wet. My dog was terrified of the bridges so be careful.

2 months ago

Enjoyed the trail in December. Nice way to warm up from a cool car ride.

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