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the white River Falls is one of the locals favorite. the falls are beautiful and has a lot of history involved with it. I highly recommend not to hike around the falls itself cause the rocks are wet, mossy and slippery and many have been hurt, needing rescued. Taking the main trail down to the power house is a little steep but we'll worth the descent. explore the old generators and the achievements of the 1940's. the trail continues to the mouth of the White River where it joins The Deschutes. take more water than you think necessary for it gets very hot in the canyon. moderate

28 days ago

Nice trail

1 month ago

Very poorly maintained trail. A lot of downed trees or overgrown bushes. Several places the trail is barely identifiable. Portions of the trail are a dirt drive way and a full-of-hole paved drive way, when campers driving by, we were covered by dust. The lake seems to be a popular camping site with a lot of campers come to play in the lake, but this trail is not really pleasant except a portion at the southern lake shore.

2 months ago

Only went down far enough to see the waterfall. It was a hot day and the trail is rocky and dusty. If you are close by check it out but wouldn’t go out of my way to see it. The elevation at the beginning is pretty steep.

A strenuous gradual climb from Lower Twin Lake, however the summit down to Frog Lake is very steep and has a lot of rocky debris. This trail is more difficult than moderate. If you leave from Frog Lake prepare for a steep climb.

3 months ago

Nice and not as crowded as expected.

3 months ago

We hiked to the upper lake on a Thursday evening. Passed 2 groups and there was a group camped at the lower lake. There are a couple established fire-rings with nice flat cleared spots for tents on the south shore a couple more on the north east side of the upper lake. Being mid-June the forecast was for 45 overnight, no bugs, and no other campers. Our 5 kids hiked this and the youngest turns 7 tomorrow. they all carried a pack with at least their own water and sleeping bag with no trouble. However, there really isnt much for young kids on this loop unless you let them climb some of the many dead-falls. Ours like to go bouldering on rock-piles or hike out to waterfalls, neither are featured on this loop. That said, the lakes are gorgeous and crystal clear and the camping was awesome.

3 months ago

Was a very beautiful hike. The lakes are blue and clear. I did the loop down to Frog Lake and into a large campsite leading back to the parking area. I came early in the morning and the parking lot hardly had cars in it. It was almost comically large. However when I was leaving it was entirely full of people who looked like they were on day hikes or backpacking in.

It wasn't the most remote hike I have been on, but it was pretty.

on Frog Lake Trail

3 months ago

Not a hike, a walk down a paved road is more like it. Worked for a quick leg stretch on the way to Portland from Bend. Tadpoles and frogs were numerous.

During the 2017 Eclipse half the lake was eclipsed and the other half not. You could see Mt Hood lit up orange while the forest to the south went dark. Absolutely surreal. Lots of tourists on the east bank of the lake in designated camp spots and lots of transient locals on the west bank in the “Dispersed” (free) areas. Tons of cougars, there are prints all along the West Bank. At night you can hear them walk by your tent and growl. Really pretty walk, while the north bank of the lake is the prettier side, you can only see Mt Hood from parts of the south bank. Love that the lake looks like a bird on maps ;)

on White River Falls

5 months ago

Loved it!

7 months ago

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

Beautiful views of the lake. Great for snow shoeing in the winter

11 months ago

Well maintained trail with bathrooms at the entrance. Beautiful scenery and solitude. We hiked the trail in October and were treated with vivid fall colors.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Multiple water falls to see. Trail gets difficult at the end and just stops, but over all, beautiful location to walk.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

beautiful lakes. loved the swimming at the lower lake and the quietness at the upper lake. there was only one other person at the upper lake.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

great falls, very beautiful. Very cool old building, neat to see. We had tons of bug spray on & still eaten alive, & saw a rattle snake.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Should have read the previous review... the mosquitos were horrendous!! The Falls are gorgeous, but we didn't stay too long because the ground was burning the pads of my dogs feet, even in the dirt areas. Will be back in the fall!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

***warning*** bring bug repellent there are thirsty blood sucking mosquitoes out there and they are vicious! Overall is a beautiful hike.

There is a lot of debris on the trail after the winter, and it was a pretty exposed trail for a hot day, but it was a great and short strenuous hike up to the butte. We didn't do the extra 1/2 mile to the Butte and instead headed to twin lakes, which was a great hike. Made a great loop for about a 7-mile moderate hike.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Short and easy snowshoe hike. It was pretty cool that we were able to walk on the frozen and snow covered lake. Big disadvantage were definitely the big amount of noisy and stinky snow scooters.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

This hike really is a gem. The lake is beautiful and this hike is very obscure so don't expect much foot traffic. Me and my dad were able to relax along the lake without ANYBODY passing by or interfering. Will definitely come back and head up to the Upper Lake.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

First off, this hike is closer to Government Camp than Maupin. It's unmarked until you actually get on the trail, which was nice. I went on a Wednesday so it was pretty clear hiking. Not counting the three groups of horseback riders, I saw maybe 10 people along the whole hike. The lakes are beautiful. Can't wait to come back.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Sunday, December 27, 2015

this is a pretty cool snow shoe! the sno-park has a mixture / staging area for snow mobiles and snow shoers. the trail thankfully goes away from the machines !

Friday, September 25, 2015

Easy hike in and out, and the trailhead is easy to get to, it's right off the highway. Both lakes are great, lower twin lake is better for swimming and is always more crowded. If you hike in to the upper lake it is quieter but there will probably still be a couple of people there. If you are looking for a quick backpacking weekend getaway the Twin Lakes are really great.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Beautiful and easy hike to both lakes and back. The upper lake is too low at this time to do anything but wade in, but the lower lake had enough water to go for a nice dip to cool off before heading back.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A wonderful hike. I hiked the loop from Wapinitia Pass out to the Upper Lake. Had the entire lake to myself for the evening. Many great camping spots around the lake and a great peek-a-boo view of Mt Hood. Took a side hike up to Palmateer Point which is a nice side hike with an amazing view of Hood. Finished the loop by hiking around Bird Butte and south along the PCT. Highly recommend this trip.

Please keep the trail clean. I hauled out a number of bottles and cans and filled my trash bag with t.p.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This is a great hike! Both of the lakes are beautiful, serene. But the best part is, because the hike isn't well advertised, there aren't many other people on the trail (if any at all), making it even more peaceful. When everyone else goes to Mirror Lake and Trillium Lake, you'll have not one but TWO lakes all to yourself! A word of warning: The bugs are out in spades, so bring some spray to ward them off. Also, make sure you have a forest pass on you for parking.

cross country skiing
Monday, March 03, 2014

Good: few people, strenuous ski up and down, recently groomed, some real nice views
Not good: shared with snowmobiles (tho we only saw a few as they were leaving), hwy 26 traffic noises

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