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Today I went 2.5 miles out and back from the starting point and really enjoyed the trail. It was really muddy at some points (which I was really looking forward to testing my new boots through). Looking forward to going further next time or completing the full loop.

4 days ago

Great hike! super beautiful with all the fallen trees!

Nice easy hike. Bring the family. From the trail head and around the lake it is not as far as the map states. Pleasant walk if you have low experienced hikers if just want a nice stroll. Well maintained trail, lots of salamanders.

The grotto is beautiful!

Great family hike replete with cave and Bigfoot trap, great ending point at the peak after enjoying lunch and the views! I've hiked this 5 times...each time great...plus the lake is right around the corner for a swim after :)

Hiked on 3/16...beautiful day with fresh powder, some sun and light snow. Trail is well marked, both lakes absolutely gorgeous. Did not see one person the entire hike. Clocked 10 Miles and took us 5 hours, 15 minutes with a small lunch break at Upper Lake.

7 days ago

Nice easy peaceful walk this morning. The trail has lots of soft spots and roots to trip on but overall an easy go.

8 days ago

Easy hike around this beautiful lake. But to get here, the road is dusty and very rough from Tollgate to the lake. It gets worse every year.

This is a well maintained trail, but a hard uphill climb. My two cents:
1. to find the trailhead, go to the right after the Riley Horse Camp. The trailhead parking is wash out, so when you hit the end of the road, the trail is about 200 yards, off to your left. You will see a small trail leading over to the actual trail head from the end of the road.
2. Parking,- do not park at the end to the road (very tight space) If you go about 100 yds back, there is an open meadow area that works great for parking Last resort, go back to the Horse camp and hike-in the extra mile.
3. Horse Camp = lots of horse poop on trail. Just be careful where you step.
4. You will cross a creek about 1 mile into the trail. That is your last water until you get to Cast Lake.
5. At the top of this mountain, there is a awesome view of four mountains (Hood, Adams, St. Helens, and Rainier) I almost missed this view because I was exhausted from the climb up the trail. Just walk a few steps to the north, when you get to the top.
6. Cast Lake is awesome. Eight camp sites along the North and West side. Some are 50 yards up along the lake rig. Worth the hike.
7. You will find mosquitos, but when I sat right next to the lake, there were no mosquitos. I have no idea why, but it was nice to sit in the morning and have bug-free coffee.

We chose a beautiful day to snow shoe. Easy hike.

Awesome trail for snowshoeing and hiking! The 360 view of mountains and Mount Hood on a clear day is incredible!

A nice easy loop. Beautiful scenic views of the lake and Mt. Hood.

17 days ago

We went on this hike yesterday without checking the weather conditions. It was very snowy on the trail and got deeper as we went. What we could make of the trail was quite narrow, and at times it felt like we were walking along the edge of a cliff (side of the mountain). I used some of the deeper snow to help steady my footing (some reaching to my knees), but I still ended up slipping and falling far too many times to count. At least the snow is soft padding. The trail takes you through some rocky areas with snow run-off that are pleasant to look at. Like others said, the trail longer than noted, at least 5 miles round trip according to my phone. The final stretch to the top is very steep and I sort of had to climb in the snowy dirt and have my boyfriend push me up to the top. Once we got there, the view of the lake was beautiful. Walking back was slick, and unfortunately it started getting dark. There were narrow snow trenches we had to carefully walk through. I like to believe the hike would’ve been more enjoyable without the cold and snow. We did feel accomplished once we completed it though. I would recommend getting an early start and keeping snacks and warm clothing with you.

21 days ago

Love this hike all year round! Snowshoed yesterday and after all the snow this past weekend the trail is gorgeous! Brought two dogs with me who also had a blast. Parked at skibowl and walked along the road to get to the trailhead, which isn’t ideal, but it’s well worth it!

Trails were very well marked. We took the shuttle up and started behind the Chevron station and followed the Crosstown trail for a while and made a circle around Enid Lake and then took Lucy out to the road which put us right at Mt. Hood Brewing Company.

One my my favorites! A little bit of a steep hike up the first part, but beautiful!

24 days ago

Great views of the lake ... great Lil dog walk

The water and waterfalls are beautiful!

Salt Creek Falls is really impressive. The road is closed .7 miles from the trailhead. Unable to reach the other waterfall due to the trail being covered in ice

Awesome trail!

One of my favorite hikes! Went in early July, great views with lots of butterflies and blooming flowers! Bit of an incline to the top but it’s well worth it.

Beautiful trail! Highly recommend!

Fun cute little trail near the pond. Beautiful view. I went when it was snowing so if course it was muddy. I’d suggest going across the street to the rhododendron garden even if you have to pay the $5 admission in the spring time. It’s a gorgeous area.

This is the current Wallow Lake East Moraine Trial as determined by the City of Joseph. (2017, cite: https://www.wallowalandtrust.org/images/stories/land_protection/East-Moraine-Trails-Plan_draft.pdf). The first few hundred feet are killer on the quads as the trail boldly takes you straight up the moraine incline. As of August 2017 there was no specifically determined trail up the incline from the trailhead. We made our own switchbacks, being careful not to further erode any worn spots. Poles were mighty helpful, and certainly so coming down! Once you crest the moraine, the remaining incline is fairly gentle and allows for wonderful views of the Wallowas and Wallowa Lake. We headed up in the evening and descended westward at sunset. Very nice trail, a great scramble for kiddos, and big thanks to the City of Joseph for working to provide the public with a specific place to view the sites.

this is a great hiking and mountain biking trail. There are some really good views of Klamath Lake and even Mount Shasta on a clear day.

1 month ago

I hiked to Eagles Rest on a windy, cloudy and at times rainy day. Still worth the time and effort spent there.

I opted for the long way up, starting at the Hardesty trailhead to make it between 12 and 13 miles total. There are some pretty good maps at the trailhead sign, showing the routes but also the elevation of the various trails. I took pictures of them on my phone before heading off.

The first section of the trail, from the parking lot to the 3 miles mark, follows the folds of the terrain. As there are 3 different creek crossings, this make for a bit of a roller-coaster start. Goodman creek crossing is via a large log with single handrail, very negotiable even in this wet-weather day. The other two creeks can be forded on the flat stones set for that purpose (there is an old log bridge at the last creek, in case waters are very high). There were several muddy spots as you would expect in these parts during the rainy season. In the last mile,, the trail get right next to the creek a few times.

The second part of the hike (roughly one mile) climbs up the canyon walls to reach the Eagles Rest Lower trailhead, finishing the ascent via a series of very shot switchbacks. The trail t-bones into Goodman Creek Rd (NFDR 5833) and the Lower Trailhead is right across the dirt road.

The third section connects the Lower Trailhead and the Upper Trailhead for a distance of just about 2 miles. After a few switchbacks, the trail finds more level terrain and heads in a nortwest direction toward the Ash Swale shelter. A couple a plank walks lead through marshy terrain to the shelter itself. The shelter is basic (three walls and a roof). I was so happy to reach it after about 6 miles that I promptly sat on the bench... and keeled backwards in an undignified fashion: the two-stumps-and-a-plank bench is not tethered to anything; I righted it up, dusted myself, and sat to stretch my legs. After the shelter, a very muddy switchback climber to the level ground just below the Upper Trailhead.

The Upper Trailhead is on Eagles Rest Rd (NFDR 509). From there, all that is left is a short but steep-ish ascent to the summit. This is managed via a series of switchbacks on the southeastern wooded slope. Only upon reaching the summit do the views open up, from southeast to southwest. The summit area is relatively small and rocky.

ON the way back , I decided to walk along Goodman Creek Rd from the Lower Trailead back to the highway. This provides a bit of a "loop" feeling... and cuts the return trip by more than half a mile compared to an out-and-back.

As others have noted, the constant sound of gunfire around the summit, sometime even from semi-automatic weapons, does not greatly enhance the feeling of being "one with nature".

Excellent trail so close to cabins

1 month ago

Great hike but we parked at ski bowl, we weren’t sure if parking was closed or not by hike, some people parked there but there were no parking signs close.
We took of our snowshoes for most of the hike

Great leisurely walk

Did this back in July 2016. Walked east and north on Summit Lake Trail #4014 past Square Lake and Booth Lake, and tent camped at Jack Lake. Most of this whole section of the trail was burned in the B an B complex Fire in 2003, but the resulting abundant wildflowers are striking through here. Also notable were large populations of mountain bluebirds using the dead snags for housing and resting. After Jack Lake we continued northwesterly bypassing the tarn spur and continuing on to Wasco Lake. North of Wasco Lake the trail makes a quick scramble to meet the PCT. Continued on the PCT south and back to the parking area. Thanks to whomever uploaded this!

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