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Absolutely beautiful!

This is a beautiful short trail with wonderful views of the falls along the way. There was a rock slide recently, so part of the path is a little hard to access.

hiking
1 month ago

I loved this day hike it. I did it on 10/15/18. Beautiful fall colors. I will do this day hike again.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful waterfall

Super easy, paved trail, awesome reward. One of the cooler falls I have seen. Go weekday morning or late evening for a chance to have it to yourself!

Short walk to a nice waterfall. Continued to the shallow lake which isn’t very scenic and did have a fair amount of mosquitoes. Trail is well marked.

backpacking
4 months ago

Overrated. While there are nice views on portions of the trail, for the most part there aren't any.

Scrambling across the face of the rock slide was scary but exhilarating! The water blowing at the bottom of the fall makes rainbows appear in front of your eyes.

hiking
5 months ago

I hiked around Waldo Lake on a late June weekend, on a mostly sunny day.
Yes, June is likely not the best time to visit as the little flying and thirsty creatures are all "out to get you". Bug repellent and or mosquitoes headnet are a must. One advantage of June, of course, it the number of daylight hours.
I parked at the Shadow Bay boat ramp area (south-eastern end of the lake) and hiked the loop clockwise, the plan being to hike the 4.5 inland eastern branch first, keeping the most scenic part of the loop for later. This also allowed me to have the sun above and behind me most of the time.

I diverted twice from the route shown for the trail: once at Shadow Bay to explore the Shoreline trail with nice views of a few small islands; the second time, again on the Shoreline Trail, at North Waldo for a quick snack and exploration of camping opportunities.

The best views (and the most access to the lake shores) is from the aforementioned Shoreline Trail sections, from the Taylor Burn to the north and from the short peninsula south of the inlet to the North Fork Willamette river. The north side, at least during my visit was more windy, the breeze thankfully keeping the bugs at bay.

South of the peninsula, the trail mostly remains about .1 mile inland, passing by several small lakes, ponds, and creeks (more mosquitoes!). Even when getting closer to the lake, the trail on that section does not provide access to the shoreline. I descended about 20 feet at some point (southwest of Rhododendron Island) to filter water and snack; the shore is steep and the underbrush and dead limbs make it less than easy to get there. In mosquito-free months, the few small lakes on the can be a good alternative to a stop on the lakeside.

The southern end of the lake is flatter, features a shelter, and provides easier access to the lake; again, not an option for me as mosquitoes love that calmer area with lowland marshes.

The loop trail (Jim Weaver trail) is a bit over 19 miles as per this trail's description. The diversions to the Shoreline Trail (plus short spurs to the lake) make is a bit over 21 miles.

Likely because it was June... I only encountered 5 parties (either 1 or 2 people) the whole time I spent on the trail on this fine Saturday. North Waldo is also significantly more frequented by campers/boaters than the smaller Shadow Bay area on the south east end.

Views of significant landmarks around include: Diamond Peak, Mt David Douglas, Maiden Peak, The Twins, Gerdine Butte, Charlton Butte and Rigdon Butte.

With the exception of the Taylor Burn section on the north side, most of the trail is through wooded areas, with the west leg of the trail being slightly overgrown when I went (made it a bit harder to use trekking poles).

Oh...and yes! The transparency of the waters in shallow parts was just as amazing as the deep blue / indigo of the deepest parts.

hiking
10 months ago

Great easy snow hike with a shelter you can enjoy for camping. Shelter fits 4 so bringing a tent can be needed. Trail is easy even in winter, all on a forest road. I did a video here so you can see what it looks like recently. My only complaint is that people used the bathroom way too close to the shelter this year. My dog dug up some presents haha.

https://youtu.be/ALcdW6wa5zU

Great Trail. Beautiful views. Nice and warm with the wood stove burning.

hiking
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Great day hike or overnight. Lots of MTB traffic so watch out. A 2 mile side hike to Rigdon Butte for a scramble to the top is very nice to get a. view of the area. (Turn north at the footbridge over the Willamette on North side of lake -2miles from north islet th)

backpacking
Monday, August 28, 2017

August 26 and 27, 2017 - backpacking/camping trek with 12 year old son. A truly gorgeous hike with nearly all trees that fell during the winter/spring cleared from the trail. Huckleberries were truly awe inspiring in variety, quantity and flavor. Thousands present, truly! We went counter-clockwise starting at Islet campground, hitting huge sections of huckleberries starting in the burned section furthest from North Waldo Campground, then going for at least eight or nine miles after!!! Very few full circle hikers, though a dozen or so full circle mountain bikers. Well worth the trip. Few mosquitoes at this late time of year. Only downside was smoke from all the fires hindering visibility,.

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Simple walk, not really hiking unless you push yourself past where the trail was washed out, becomes a challenge (Steep) if you continued down to the bottom, we went I bit farther but stopped when I found a good spot to photograph from.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Easy trail although quite muddy. Dogs loved it. Getting to the actual base of the falls is a blast and easy to do.

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Amazing waterfall! The hike to the falls is an easy one and worth every step. This has been my favorite waterfall in Oregon so far. The view from the top is amazing in itself but pales in comparison to being at the bottom looking up. If you are looking for a quick trip with the biggest reward this is it.

Monday, February 06, 2017

The trail was covered in snow and ice this last weekend! Beautiful!! I would recommend if you go this time of year to wear snowshoes. I saw several people trying to make it down to the bottom of the trail without snowshoes -- picture Bambi learning to walk.

The hike is easy, but you should know to park in the parking lot, then walk back across the bridge, turn left (signs say no parking) and follow the path. To get to the falls, head to the back side of the circular information booth. I suppose during the summer/fall, that area is open for parking.

Gorgeous! I posted a few pictures. Oh! I wouldn't bring a dog in the winter, icy trails.

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

Enjoyed this little hike on a road trip thru Oregon in July. Great little hike with stunning views. Although short, it will get your heart going. The waterfall is beautiful, and I've never seen so many shades of green in one area (then again, I am from CA). Highly recommended!

backpacking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Three day backpack with son and 14 year old granddaughter, August 4-6. Awash in delicious huckleberries! Mosquitos love Waldo in July and August, so be prepared. My favorite place!

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

fantastic trail. hike ran west half. look for patches with plump huckleberries.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

great loop, watch out for skeeters.

hiking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Haven't hiked it in a while but remember it being beautiful and hard, but we had to turn back because the trail wasn't being maintained. Too many fallen trees on the trail

Monday, April 11, 2016

Amazing in late August or September.

on Fuji Shelter Trail

Friday, May 29, 2015

I did the short 3 mile trail. There was still some snow but not so much we couldn't easily find the trail. Mosquitos are out already but we're ok if you kept moving. View was amazing!

hiking
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Get a good forest road map...I missed the hike by prob 1/2 a mile the first time there. When I went back I was happy I did. Hike was relatively easy and short and uncrowded. Was a clear day and the views amazing!!! Could see Mt Hood all the way down to Mt Thielsen. Practically could reach out and touch Diamon Peak and great views of Waldo Lake and other lakes and such. Wonderful place to just sit in awe of what beauty we have here!

hiking
Saturday, July 13, 2013

I completed the shorter version consisting of three miles round trip. The trail was moderate to easy with a gentle grade. The primary views were of Waldo lake, The Three Sisters and great shot of Diamond Peak. Lots of exploring to be done in this area.

Bring a map. It is east to get confused finding the trailhead on road 5883 due to the roads being poorly marked if marked at all.

mountain biking
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Did an out and back going clockwise. Super burned out area at the north end of the lake but some really cool features. Crossed the head waters for the north fork of the Willamette river.

on Fuji Shelter Trail

1 month ago

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