Explore the most popular views trails near Oakridge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

8/11/18
No nesting eagles this year, one pair of osprey at middle lake. No mosquitos at this time. Tons of Huckleberries, both blue and red Yumm!

hiking
5 days ago

8/12/18- Hazardous Hornets!
Fire ecology on display along Rebel Creek. The 2017 Revel Rock fire left most trees scorched but alive. The trail was apparently used by fire crews for access as some materials are still piled along trail. Otherwise this trail would likely not be open at all. Many trees continue to fall and debris rolling down hillside create new obstacles along trail.
DANGER-
About 2 miles in on Rebel Creek our dog attacked a hornets nest and turned us back. Our group of three sustained about a dozen stings while we ran away along a narrow section of trail with a steep drop.

hiking
28 days ago

It’s a great easy hike. Takes about an hour to get to the trailhead from Cottage Grove and about about 30 minutes to get to the waterfall and back. Combined with some other trails in the area and it’s a decent day.

beautiful hike with great views of diamond peak and a few smaller lakes along the way. I started at 740 am and was at the base of mount yoran at 845 or so. I had planned on scrambling to the summit but holy hell the mosquitos in this area are straight out of hell. I must have killed a hundred of them and still got dozens of bug bites. the evil little things were even able to keep you with me while I was hiking and eventually drove me away from the summit as I couldn't move fast enough up the scree fields to get away from them. I'd only reccomend this if you're covered in long pants and long sleeves with a buff over your head and neck and even then you'd better jump in a vat of feet before heading out.

hiking
1 month ago

Short, but beautiful hike. The falls are gorgeous. While the hike is short, the falls are pretty enough to spend a while taking in the view. Bring a book and a picnic, and hang out for a while. Dip your toes in the cool water.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was a good climb with even better views at the top! Hit a small snow patch, but it was easy to pass. Beware of the mosquitoes! 6/24/18.

One of my favorites

1 month ago

FYI— this is not really a hiking trail. We tried to follow directions and start walking, but it was pretty wooded over. The Pacific Crest Trail is just down the road so that’s a better bet than this for a hike.

Nice short hike to beautiful falls. Would be a lovely place for a picnic with young kids. Easy to get to,

hiking
1 month ago

I took Mom on this hike, hoping we could both make it to the top. She made it up the talus slope to the north twin, and I went on to the south twin as well while she stayed behind. She was a little nervous at the appearance of the trail to the south twin, though in reality it was not as bad as the initial ascent to the north twin. Awesome views from both peaks. The south peak offers a bit more because it has the same view of the Sisters, Broken Top and a dozen other peaks, but it also has a view to the east and south. Over a half dozen lakes are visible from the trail including the entire outline of huge Waldo Lake below. There were swarms of mosquitoes waiting for us at the trailhead, and they were present everywhere except the very top. Picaridin repellent worked just fine to keep them from biting. This is no joke of an ascent. I'm proud of Mom that she made it up because it is mostly a relentlessly steep climb nearly from the beginning. It starts out gradual but gets steeper on the approach to the summits. Bring hiking poles or find a good walking stick along the trail. The descent on the talus lava rock back down from the summit is challenging for those without sure footing. I was fine, but Mom found it challenging. This is not a crowded trail. It seems not many people know about it, and the pull-off from the road is a little hard to spot.

hiking
1 month ago

attempted the Creek trail, but due to excessive burn out from the summer before, we probably only got .5 mile in. The Creek is pretty, though, and worth the stop if you come up FR19 from the south. It is still blocked from the north due to a rock slide at Cougar Reservoir.

backpacking
1 month ago

It’s a great trail to see some awesome views 365• of diamond , sisters, Jefferson, Waldo & Odell lake.
It’s pretty easy, has a good elevation gain that zig zags up to an incredible flat peak with extremely steep cliffs and an amazing view.
Recommend you drive there in an SUV or a vehicle w good bro if clearance as you have to drive approximately 5.7 miles up a gravel road ( we did it in our 07 VW Passat which is a little low)

We went @ 1030 am and didn’t see another person the whole time, tons of beautiful areas to go off trail & picnic, etc.

Beautiful crisp hike this morning. No bugs due to cool air. Peaceful!

Love the variety of scenery here. There was still snow on the ground in areas, but trails still easily accessible. the uncollapsed mine was flooded at this time of year.

hiking
2 months ago

There are several driving routes to find the trailhead to the falls and our first attempt was unsuccessful.

Second attempt was grandly rewarded by an easy, beautiful hike to the uplifting Spirit Falls.

easy trial, short hike. Couple of really nice spots along the river. Chuckle springs is in a burn area (2010) so it's pretty exposed and not too scenic. The middle fork trail is nice though.

hiking
3 months ago

trail is still very muddy, but definitely hikable. really easy hike with a beautiful view

hiking
3 months ago

For those who want to do both routes up Maiden Peak, one can drive on Highway 58 to the PCT TH on the north side just past MP62. Here, one can do a loop from Willamette Pass through the Rosary Lakes, the trail to Maiden Lake and up Maiden Peak from the south, where the views are as described--spectacular. One then descends west to the PCT and take it back to the trail near the Skyline junction, not too far from the junction of the trail to Maiden Lake. NOTE: there is significant climbing (700') on the PCT heading south, which after the rapid descent from Maiden Peak, after a lot of hiking, is difficult. One may finish by going back out the Rosary Lakes, but it's possible to hike up to Tait's Loop and then hike it (I am in charge of the diamonds on that for winter use) to the Tie Trail back down to the PCT. When I hiked it on 30 Sep 17, I went over to the ski area, right near Tait's Trail, and hiked down to the bottom and back to Willamette Pass. That was 18.8 miles. It is a beautiful hike with four lakes, a mountain peak, the PCT, overlook over Lower Rosary, nice woods, a nice shelter along the PCT about 1.3 miles south of where the Maiden Peak trail joins it, and even a ski area.

Beautiful falls, very full right now. Trail is pretty muddy in spots though and sometimes huge puddles take up the entire width of the trail, so I would suggest hiking boots at this time!

hiking
4 months ago

3rd place in the race of the 3 falls in this area. See also: Pinard and Moon. It is a nice n easy .75 mile hike down to a beautiful wide and full falls; in late March. It also offers a bench and a picnic table down by the falls if you wanna take a load off and have lunch with a view. Another hidden Oregon gem.

Great trail for toddlers! The waterfall was huge and beautiful! The trail was muddy and wet.

From the parking area, the trail is difficult to find. Park your car and walk up the road a little further (towards the camping area) and the trail will be on the right side of the road. If you visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon, be prepared for tons of mosquitoes (you’ll basically be walking through clouds of mosquitoes). The first time I came out here, I actually turned around because the mosquitoes were so intense and I was not adequately prepared. The hike to the top of the mountain is short but very steep. Once you get to the top, you receive one of the best views of the Cascades I have ever seen. You also see the ghost town down below and the nearby fire lookout.

The road up to the lookout is rough with ruts, potholes, and bedrock. 4WD is recommended but not required to reach the trailhead.

hiking
9 months ago

The fire lookout has apparently burned down in the fires of August 2017 so sad

easy hike , beautiful and clean trail.

hiking
10 months ago

really beautiful.

hiking
10 months ago

Breathtaking views. Definitely coming back in the future.

hiking
10 months ago

See my review of Moon falls trail. 3 falls in one location. Which is your favorite- hard to say but I liked Moon falls.

hiking
10 months ago

This short out and back is amazing! I will load a picture later. The directions are fairly accurate, Eagle Creek Road/Forest Road 5883 is a decently maintained gravel road. Starts with some deep pot holes and then a lot of washboard areas after that. It's probably about a 40 minute 10+ mile road to the trailhead. Luckily the trailhead parking is well marked on your right hand side. The trail itself was harder, across from the parking there was an old fence post right where the trail started but no sign. We went up on September 23rd and the whole trail was snow, getting up to a foot or more at the higher end. Luckily the blue diamond trail markers are there.
You will reach a fork in the trail about 1/4 mile in, left takes you to Fuji Mtn and right would take you to a much longer Waldo lake trail. Consistent ascent, eventually will start switchbacking. Don't think you've reached the end at the first clearing, although that is a great view point! And then there's another clearing past that one, and you're still not at the top (great view though!). You will really know when you reach the flat top of Fuji and get an amazing vista of the Waldo Lake and the Cascades. The day we went was a bit overcast so couldn't see the tops of the mountains but still amazing!

a great trail for a beginner hiker or a family with small kids. loved it.

hiking
11 months ago

I hiked "The Twins" in mid-August on a sunny but "smoky" day (the result of several forest fires in the Central Cascades); this made for less spectacular views from the top than would otherwise reward the moderate 3 1/4 miles hike up.
The parking area (off the Waldo Lake Road) can accommodate a dozen cars. However, I had picked my hiking day to coincide with the Waldo Lake 100 Kilometers foot race. So, no parking space when I arrived shortly before 8am. This should not be a problem on a normal day. I decided to park .75 miles away at the Bobbly Lake trailhead (allowing me to combine The Twins and Bobby Lake for a 11.5 miles loop-ish route). You can however park alongside Waldo Lake road itself if The Twins is your sole destination.
Most of the hike is through dry forest (parched ground and sparse canopy) but there are a few ponds after crossing the PCT and, of course, much water if you combine The Twins with Bobby Lake (or Found Lake to the North).
As others have noted, the 3.25 miles to the top are basically all up. However, the three sections of the trail are noticeably different. The first section, from the trailhead to the junction with the PCT, is a series of short ups and longer flats, making it a very good way to warm up for the rest of the climb. Immediately after crossing the PCT, the grade increases and the pattern is reversed: short flats and longer/steeper inclines. About .75 miles from the summit, the last sections starts after the junction with the Charlton Lake trail. This third section is the standard ascent up an eroded volcano; steep climb for the required cardio and a bit of scree (not too much though) to make you feel you ARE climbing a Cascades summit. Most of this section is above the tree line and the views are sweeping (I guess they are....when there is no smoke to blot out most of the distant summits).
The summit(s) area is rather spacious (especially on the North Twin side) and provides many good spots to sit down, take in the views, snack/lunch, etc. The South Twin summit (higher) combines a rocky outcropping (true summit) and a small -partly wooded- saddle that can offer some protection from sun and winds. The saddle between the two peaks can also be used to take cover from the sun/winds if needed.
I had initially planned to retreat down the summit the way I came; However, I noticed a use trail starting from the saddle just below the South Twin (with bike tracks too) hugging the North-East side of the South peak. This descent offers some very pretty views -from below- of the South Peak rocky summit. The use trail (about a third of a mile) rejoins the Charlton Lake trail just at the tree line. Making a right there I got back to the Twin Peaks trail (.5 miles) and then to the PCT.
The PCT section South to Bobby Lake is mostly flat and a good change of pace / posture from the climb and descent of the Twins. The last .5 miles or so also goes through denser / greener forest as it approaches Bobby Lake. Bobby lake is a short .25 miles to the left/East and its relatively vast expanse is soothing/refreshing after much walking across dry land. Another good spot to rest/snack/lunch/dip.
The 2 miles return to the Bobby Lake trailhead is (surprisingly?) mostly up, although not to the point of exercising you.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised about how enjoyable this hike was (I chose it a bit as a 'make do' considering the many area closures due to forest fires). All trail sections are well cut and well maintained, the progressive increase in grade from parking to summit makes is perfect for managing your efforts, the summits area is spacious and combines views and protections from elements, the views are (likely) worth the effort and, if you combine this with a side trip to a lake, there are opportunities to refresh your sore feet (or more) as a reward.

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