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its a really nice trail for all ages with multiple ways to get there

Great for kiddos...my Love proposed here!

5 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.

trails are not marked very well but, still a fun easy hike

Quick trip in the sunshine!! Always a go to spot if I’m in a hurry :-)

9 days ago

Flooded during winter which means tons of bugs. Probably super cool during summer.

13 days ago

I only went as far as Whiskey Creek cabin, well after a short detour that passed the cabin. It was a great day for the hike. I pretty much had the trial to myself. The only problem that I had was trying to cross some of the waterfalls because of the recent weather. I am a nervous nelly and that is why I had a problem. However, if I could do it, then anyone could. :-) I wil totally do this hike again.

Was a fun little hike, some snow on the trail still but made for a pretty day!

Awesome trail - easy to follow, great beginner snowshoe, but spectacular views make it perfect for all levels of skill. Didn’t do the loop - just went out and back on the trail side, decided to nix the road section. Lots of fresh powder as of today, but it won’t last long!

21 days ago

This is a great winter get away!! Close to Bend and a good cross country ski!! On the weekend it is really crowded, but on the week day it is a good choice!! The views are spectacular and if you like waterfalls it is a must see!!

Beautiful hike. Really recommend taking upper trestle creek. Well maintained trail.

22 days ago

Started at Cedar Creek Campground and added Trestle Creek Falls so haven't done the full trail but of it is still incredible out here. You will turn a bend and have a perfect, postcard worthy photo. Very quiet when we went. There are some very narrow sections that are likely to become dangerous if they are not maintained this spring, but overall a great year round hike.

Did this last year and was not disappointed. Best long trail I’ve done in quite a long time.

Beautiful! Love the waterfalls! Definitely recommend!

All up hill but it's an excellent hike! You can walk behind the fall and keep going up to the top!! Great little hike!

26 days ago

LOVED this trail! My husband and I completed it in a grueling two-day trek. The eastern portion is clearly signed at every landmark with mile markers, but the western part is hardly signed at all (but the trail is still easy to find). The views are breathtaking and it made for a wonderful trip.

Beautiful falls and good hike. But it is not an easy hike, as the ratings say. I would say moderate to strenuous.

Absolutely beautiful!!!!!

Easy hike, even with the loop it's a little less than 5 miles. I took my almost 5-year-old twins and they did the hike without breaking a sweat. I would definitely recommend doing the loop. I try to go a few times a month as it is a decent little workout if you walk fast.

This is a great area but I'm yet to find the second falls. The trails are poorly marked. I would recommend tracking your mileage or recording your trail to keep on track.

Great leisurely walk

trail running
1 month ago

Fun place for trail running

This is a nice, easy to hike area.

You can get a nice view of the waterfall but, in my opinion, the area with the boulders is much nicer. The boulders are giant and you get great views of the rapids.

I don’t think the area is marked very well, and signage could use some help, but it’s not a massive area so you should be able to find your way around.

Great park with a heritage/country feel and this path is accessible all-year long! Start at the Nature Center and wander down the hill, over the footbridge and west along the meadows to watch swifts and swallows feeding and nesting, and raptors keeping an eye on them. In the spring and fall, any planted fields are tilled by late 1800s era horse team - fun to watch. Follow the path west from the open fields into the forested Riverside Day Use area featuring French Prairie/Champoeg European settlement history. This area is beautiful in spring and peppered with wildflowers and chives. The path winds north into riparian forest along the Willamette and this area is full of owls, ospreys, turkey vultures, black-tail deer, and other critters. I have seen salmon popping their heads out of the river here. The trail switches east along the elevated bank of the Willamette which gives users an idea of the unbelievable amount of water needed to flood the area in 1894 and 1996. Follow the riverside trail around another Day Use area known for Disc Golf, and again into riparian forest where the footpath meets with the bike path. In the summer months, follow the bike path all the way to the Historic Butteville Store - they have ice cream! A long loop but a great place to busy your feet! Also, if you are a green thumb too, visit the 1860 Kitchen Garden, a heritage heirloom crop garden just outside the Nature Center.

1 month ago

Super easy hike! Multiple falls and sights! My lazy 5 year old does it with ease!

Lovely day for a hike. There were a lot of cars at the trailhead, but did not see too many of the occupants on the trails. Would love to have a better map tho. Will try the Santiam National Forest office to see if they have one. The trails that intersect and wander off led us to a stretch of "private property" per a hiker who rents from the owner told us as she, her companion and dogs were coming from the opposite direction. Definitely want to explore some more.

1 month ago

Great easy hike - lots of trails

Words and pics by Ian Smith
Eventually we choose the Pine Tavern at Bend (Oregon) for food and what a choice. Right in the middle of the restaurant are two mature pine trees growing out of the floor and straight through the roof. While I ponder how the roof might be sealed, Lorraine checks out the wine list until my gaze is taken by the lovely garden that tilts toward the Deschutes River.
The birds are loving it; a robin hops around the plants in a vigilant search for insects while a flock of waxwings are having a wonderful time at the bird bath as mallards paddle back and forth in the river. It feels like you’re part of nature without even leaving your table. The tasty food gets us thinking about what else to do and we decide to have a crack at Sparks Lake.
Sparks is renowned among photographers as being a place to get a good shot but, as is always the case, you have to get the weather right......that’s where Lorraine, the weather goddess, comes in.
It’s not that far from Bend up the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Highway and, as we pass Mount Bachelor, the local ski field, it’s so hard to imagine people skiing over a rugged lava flow; just doesn’t seem right.
We’ve a bit of time on board so we slip into Todd Lake first. It’s a 4 km stroll around a placid lake and, while it’s nice and there’s some interesting bird life, we’re hoping for better at Sparks.
To get into Sparks it’s a twisting road with, at times, corrugations and bumps, the like of which we’ve never seen in America where just about everything is sealed road it seems. In fact, you have a less than 1% chance of driving on one, according to statistics. Still, our hopes of a reward at the end aren’t dashed though the weather goddess has let me down a little because of a breeze coming across the lake.
Its potential is easy to discern however, South Sister and Broken Top stand stark in the background, ready to cast their images on a millpond should it transpire and, since it’s a while before the earth spins around and delivers darkness, we first amuse ourselves watching a chipmunk letting some birds know just who’s in charge of discarded apple. The frenetic energy they forever display never ceases to warm us to their ways; oh that we should be able to scurry as fast.
We then look in other directions and start to wander down past the lava fields. Where once the flow from Mount Bachelor cooled it formed a barrier to the heated rock still flowing beneath and, in places, it rose up to 70 feet like a giant loaf of leavened bread.
The level of the lake is low, the snow season wasn’t great and, it hasn’t rained much since, so you can walk some places where you’d normally get your feet wet and thus we follow a narrow band of sand beside the lava wall.
You can see how good this place could be but the ripple, however small, frustrates us so we have to be content with the leg exercise and the occasional snap. Still, it’s a pleasant afternoon beneath a virtually cloudless sky and we reach a point where the realization dawns that it’s pointless to walk any farther around this strange body of water with no known exit. Somehow, somewhere, it just drains slowly.
We’d returned nary 50 metres before we were rounded up by a young couple, she of boundless energy demonstrated by practising rock climbing techniques up and down the lava flow with mind blowing dexterity. In leaps and bounds reminiscent of a mountain goat did she ascend with a confidence borne of youth. As we waited expectantly for a slip she continued to confound us with her suppleness.
The entertainment over, as quickly as it eventuated, we idled back to the carpark and stepped back to our original viewpoint. The breeze was faltering and two other photographers were waiting in anticipation so we deigned to join them and everyone’s optimism turned out to be justified.
Though we didn’t get an atmospheric ruddy glow we got a crystal clear sky with classic mirror reflection. South Sister and Broken Top were haze free and it’s easy to see why there are so many shots on the internet of this spot. In the stillness we were mesmerized by the natural beauty of the setting. Oregon just keeps on delivering.
We drove home satisfied, we’d seen and digested much without travelling too far today.

Please park in usfs parking lot at trail head not in front of gate during winter months. Too many rigs block access to the home owners further down the road. Nice walk but respect those that live near by.

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