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The AllTrails map, with the route currently depicted, will not take you to the falls. We were hopeful it would and just followed what AllTrails said to do, but it doesn't take you to a spot where you can actually see the falls. The route they give you kind of just ends randomly, near nothing interesting. At the endpoint depicted, we even went off trail and tried to cut through the woods to see if we could find a way to the falls, but basically got to the top of the waterfall with no way to see any views of the falls themselves, as there are steep areas surrounding both sides of the waterfall. You can basically just see a creek about to go off a ledge and that's it (and this could only be seen by going off trail, as stated above). We had to backtrack a ways and then turn onto the appropriate trail to get to the falls. If you look on the map, it's the left midway through the trail towards Tamanawas Falls Trail. Besides the inaccurate route AllTrails gives you, this trail was nice in that the trailhead is right off the main road and had plenty of parking even at 10 am on a Saturday ($5 recreation pass charge). I imagine the main trail to get to Tamawanas is much more crowded. If you take the correct turn towards the falls and ignore what this route depicts, this trail would be a great choice!

We saw Adam's Rainier St. Helen's to the north. Mt Hood up close and Jefferson to the south. Did it as a loop with a 5 and 6 year old they loved it.

hiking
2 days ago

Such a fun hike with a stunning payoff! We arrived at 7:30 AM and were the only ones at the falls for almost an hr, so arrive early to beat the crowds. On the right side near the falls is a rocky trail. Follow it and then carefully ramble your way over the rocks to get to the back of the falls for a tremendous view!

got a little lost but it was fun. the waterfall is down a scary path but worth it!

This hike was so great, I did it twice in one week! The flowers are in full bloom even in the heat of August. The views are spectacular! It’s a bit steep on the way out, but does flatten and then there’s some downhill for last section.

Best hike on the mountain!

Great Hike. Second attempt to cross the creek and we did it! This time we crossed the creek over the small log and made the rest of the way via the rocks. I don’t think I would attempt it through the water. It was fast and I couldn’t tell how deep it was. The meadow was beautiful when we arrived!

Trail was nice and easy to reach but other than the falls and the view of Mount Hood from the back of a parking lot...... there really is not much to see. Nothing wrong with this trail I Just wasn't impressed.

This hike is by far the my favourite mountain hike, ever. It is challenging, so be sure to have plenty of water and food. Here’s some advice that you might find helpful:
Bring trail running or hiking shoes, since most of the hike will be on sand/loose gravel; Wear sunscreen to avoid bug-bites, since they stopped attacking me when I layered every thirty minutes; Bring a few pairs of socks, because your shoes and socks will be full of ash and sand; wear pants to avoid plant scratches or tick fears for the first 2 miles. If you arrive before 9am, you’ll have a wonderful hike, since it does get hot. Further, park at the lot at the base of the Tilly Jane trail, since there is no fee associated with that lot, and you’ll see SO much more transitions in the geography and environment.

Great for families. Beautiful falls.

When we first got here we were just about to start the trail, and a very nice lady on the bench told us it was very steep starting from the beginning but that we could turn around, cross the road and start the trail from the back and it wasn’t as steep as starting from the beginning. We decided to do this instead due to my rheumatoid arthritis. It was more of a gradual elevation change, and half way to the falls I was thinking to myself “maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad with the short steep elevation change vs the gradual elevation change and going downhill the rest of the way”, but once we got to the meadows I realized what she meant and how steep it really was. But this was a beautiful hike! We even saw 3 deer on the trail near the ski lifts. I would definitely do this trail again, as umbrella falls was beautiful and flowing pretty well AND the walk thru the meadows with all the wild flowers! The deer in the meadows was a plus as well!

Great lightly trafficked trail. 3 miles from the trailhead. We went further to Cloudcap Inn possibly 4 mi. There are a couple of streams on the way for the doggies. Hiking poles are very useful as you keep on climbing. Bring plenty of water and a cap as the fire has taken out the trees and little shade.

Took this trail up to the treeline for some great views of Mt. Hood. Hard but not too grueling hike. Only saw two other people on the trail in the morning though it was a weekday.

Love the wildflowers

beautiful waterfall

Zero snakes on a mostly sunny, warm day!

Very nice hike with beautiful wild flowers. There is a steep part but overall very fun.

hiking
11 days ago

I would call this moderate based on the fact that you climb 1,000 ft in 1 mile. Otherwise an easy hike overall. Not many campsites but those on the east side of the meadows have nice views of Mount Hood.

Very nice trail and not to many ppl

This was my favorite hike in Oregon! The trail follows the river which kept the air temperature pleasantly cool and provides nice background noise. The falls are beautiful and you can even go behind the waterfall! Do this hike!!!!

hiking
11 days ago

Awesome trail. Park at the ski lodge and it’s free. Make sure to take the trail down to the base of the fall , looks sketchy but it’s really not bad. Will definitely do again.

great hike. trail was a bit dusty right now. weather was magnificent. the Hemlocks at the top are amazing and ancient. The meadow was done with its heavy bloom period. the gnarl ridge lupine are just finishing. The trail was easy to read. There are lots if shady spots to take breaks. Take plenty of water because its dry as you ascend.

Beautiful views of Mt. Hood & Mt. Jefferson to a river. We had many changes of scenery and were able to walk part of the PCT. the hills were butt busters!! Would recommend & do again.

Starting off just south of the timberline lodge and finishing at the locks is a really fun trip! We definitely had plenty of water sources along the way. The only stream crossings to worry about are the Sandy River and Muddy Creek, both are easy to pass even with a full pack. Since we only did this section we were still able to meet other Thur Hikers for the PCT both going north and south.

I recommend this section for anyone who has some experience, even the novice sort can make this a doable trip.

Would love to do it again right away, but I will definitely pack lighter and move faster!

hiking
13 days ago

This hike was beautiful throughout and the falls were better than I could have expected! A quick nice day hike for those short on time. The drive there had great views of Mount Hood, and the drive back to Portland is a great opportunity to stop at the gorge. Make sure to stop ahead of time (like in Zigzag) to get a $5 forest day pass.

backpacking
15 days ago

There's no words to describe this beauty!
To see so clearly three mountains (off trail #493 High Prairie)
Meadows of wild flowers, gorgeous creepy trees, to the clear openings with big rocks, view of HWY 35 & super simple.
Markers are lined just remember to keep your head in the trees to not miss

hiking
17 days ago

It isn’t too hard of a hike, though it was all incline the views throughout the hike as you make your way towards the top was well worth the sweat.

**Found**
found a sleeping bag on the northwestern side of the mountain, in a glacial valley. Packed it out. Describe it to me and I can mail it to you. send me a message on Instagram, @sam_joe_carl

Beautiful wilderness! Spent two nights and three days. My GPS showed the final milage to be more like 43.5

Make sure to bring some type of insect repellent but overall very beautiful and gracious. I did bring my dog and should’ve had dog booties for her because of certain terrain. Enjoy!

Very quiet hike, the only person I saw was staying in the look out tower.

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