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Just finished hiking this trail with my bf and his dog! lovely atmosphere even in the cold winter months. Awesome river spots to stop and take pictures and very calm and quiet paths into the deeper forested area. Love that its dog friendly and didn't have that many people if you go before 10am!

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9 days ago

Did this Dec 9. The vehicle access road to the trailhead parking lot closes for the winter on Dec. 1 so the hike up the road to the trailhead adds 4.5 miles round trip, making this a 12 mile hike. The log crossing was easy as there is a log handrail next to one of the main crossing logs, so even though it’s icy, you can easily hang on and feel safe as long as the water level is low. Could have used yak tracks in a few icy spots but no need for snowshoes right now. Pretty views of Hood and the falls are beautifully iced over in parts. Almost no one out today due to the weather.

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12 days ago

I did the trail for the first time today and it was a beautiful, though chili hike. The entire trail is snowed in so come prepared. The road itself leading to the trailhead is covered in snow, though lots of exposed ice throughout would make it unsuitable for non AWD vehicles without snow tires. Temperatures hovered around 25°F, with clouds rolling in and out, and occasional cool wind gusts/mild snow fall. This was despite a forecast of clear skies. Overall, the hike is very enjoyable, and I plan on doing it again later this winter.

No nonsense climb with snow around 4000', (12/2/18) most notable in the 1/4 mile before the tie in with Zig Zag Mtn trail. We were bound for Cast Lake along this route.

Note: the bridge over the creek off Lolo Pass Rd. is closed to vehicle traffic 12/1 for the winter.

The hike starts with a pretty steep incline, but after a mile or so it actually gets very pleasant. There was quite some snow on the trail already. The views, especially at the end, are spectacular. We only encountered a few other people. Really enjoyed this hike!

It was a great trail. Not too hard and a great length. How ever, I believe the 6.9 mi. that this app says is wrong. My garmin watch said it was close to 9 miles. Went late November and hiked through some snow! Slippery but just be cautious. And crossing the river is fairly easy. Enjoy!

Steep uphill for a bit but so worth the spectacular view at the top. I would take a lunch and sit at the top. I think this would be incredible early for a sunrise. I will do this hike over and over. Follow the signs for top spur trailhead. To get to the parking.

Great hike, but definitely need spikes to get to the shelter. It may be better now, but when we went all the snow was iced over and there was no traction whatsoever. Longer than 10 miles, but worth every step. We took the trail that added an extra 0.6 mile to get that glorious view of Mt Hood, and an extra mile going to Cairn Basin. The trek down to Cairn Basin after the shelter is worth it.

Absolutely beautiful PNW easy hike. The trail is so green and magical looking following along the Salmon River. The road is good and the forest keeps this hike more protected from the weather.

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25 days ago

Awesome, relaxed hike. Crossing the river wasn't too bad - it definitely looks scarier than it is. We went the first weekend of November and there was no issue, but I'm not sure how high the water is now that it's rained recently.

Went there yesterday. Gorgeous hike challenging but not annoyingly difficult. Some ice patches but I easily broke through most of it. A good pair of treaded hiking boots should be fine. If you are under 130#s maybe some shoe spikes might be in order.

Fun relatively easy hike! Be prepared to walk on a log to cross the river! Super pretty and pretty empty trail!

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29 days ago

11/18/18. Relatively easy hike, mostly flat, well-defined trail. Beautiful views of Mt. Hood when the forest opens up a bit. Ramona falls was an awesome way to cap off the hike.

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1 month ago

This was a great trail, and the views of Mt. Hood in Burnt Lake were incredible. From Burnt Lake, we took the a Zigzag Mountain trail for more amazing views of Mt. Hood.

This was a beautiful and easy hike. Mostly flat hike with some moderate up hill areas. The river is easy to get across on the logs, but could be hard with pets or small children. There are a few beautiful views of Mount Hood, especially near the river you have to cross. Ramona Falls was even bigger than I expected, it’s definitely worth the hike! The area around Ramona Falls is roped off for vegetation regrowth, so please obey the signs and don’t pass over the rope.

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1 month ago

Amazing hike, but come prepared for icy and snowy trail conditions starting halfway through the hike! It’s difficult hiking in ice up and down hill. Bring boot traction chains and hiking poles. They’re absolutely necessary. Hiked November 10th 2018.

1 month ago

I give this 4.5 stars. Got on the trail about 3p, and took an hour and a half to climb up to the lake. Passed a handful of people hiking out, but pretty uncrowded for a beautiful Saturday. No one was hiking up after me, judging from my car being the lady in the lot when I hiked out. The multiple creeks on both sides of the trail, sometimes cascading down over the trail, serenade you the whole way up. Arrived to the lake just as the sun was setting on Mt. Hood, fading from a rich orange to a soft rose. The surface of the lake was still in the crisp, cold evening air, with no person or creature to interrupt the peace. I ended up watching the sun fully go down, then hiked out in the dark. Easy enough trail to do this, just make sure you have some light as it’s much darker down in the trees. It’d be fun to stay and watch the stars come out next time.

I didn’t see the cut off that this map shows to make it more of a triangle loop, so for me it was basically an out and back with a walk around the lake.

Pretty tough hike and a steady climb all the way! Fun to see the 1930's huts, very worth the climb. Lots of good off shoots to hike while up there too!

Great hike with extremely rewarding views at the end!!!

Top hike to get near Hood; love it!

Nowhere near 7.7. Plan for more like 10.5 if you make it all the way to the point. It's an amazing, and beautiful, hike, but definitely plan for something more substantial than the description indicates.

Longer than 11.5 miles I think. Hike starts off at Timberline Lodge and is relatively flat, going under the ski left and through some forested/open areas. The trail then opens up into a canyon and you dip down through old trees. Down some little patches of water and through switch backs. You then have to cross the Zig Zag River, not too bad but made my friend a little nervous. You then climb up and through more canyons and near a waterfall. Nice long hike through lots of terrain. Gorgeous!

hiking
1 month ago

I'm sure this would have been a lovely hike, however, make sure you don't bring dogs or young kids. I went on 11/3/18 and the river water was rushing badly enough that we couldn't figure out a safe way to cross with dogs. We went up and down the river as far as we could find but there wasn't any where with a log large enough for a big dog to cross comfortably. Perhaps if we had harnesses on the dogs and could have them walk across with some help with the leash? We ended up turning around after my friend's border collie tried leaping off the log a foot in. I did see two sets of families with two big dogs each and I wish I had asked them how they got across. Overall, I'm willing to take risks but I'd skip this until Summer if you've got a dog large enough that you can't carry them.

The gray jays and ravens made it even more fun!

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1 month ago

Absolutely worth the hike, arrived just after 8 am on a Sunday and had the trail to ourselves. Definitely not kid or big dog friendly unless they can cross the log in the river. Round trip took about 3 hours and that’s with stopping up by the falls to refuel & enjoy the view.

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1 month ago

Day couldn’t have been much better (unless it was sunny, twenty degrees warmer, and no other people...). I’d be inclined to reconsider this as moderate, or at least at the lower end. It’s thoroughly enjoyable, and the loop to follow the stream downward, to me, is absolutely worth it.

Last time I did this was a year and a half ago during a heat streak. Both times of year offer something different and wonderful.

Absolutely beautiful hike! Went during the later morning hours during a rain spell so we were hiking in the clouds for most of the trip. When we got to the viewpoint, Mt. Hood was barely in sight, but occasionally we’d get a few glimpses as the clouds were moving quickly through us. Still recommend this time of year because the fall colors were stunning and such a mystical vibe throughout. iPhone GPS took us straight there to the “Pacific Crest Trail” marker on the side of the road, right after that sign, make a right and there’s some parking. I imputed “Lolo Pass” and it’s the one next to “NFD Road 18.” There’s a map station where you go left or right for the PCT, you need to go left to go south. Then follow for a majority of the hike. Before you get to this hike’s end there’s another map sign in between the Timberline trail fork, go to the right and follow that to the side of the mountain. I believe left takes you to the top of the mountain rather than the side. Recording the hike was helpful for directions! The switchbacks at the beginning is where you gain all the elevation; however, won’t be too strenuous if you’re a pretty active person. The rest is a breeze. Enjoy :)

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great beautiful and easy hike! We had planned on making the loop bigger and checking out the views of Bald Mt. too, but my my partner was getting sick and not up for 13 miles! I’d do this hike again in a heartbeat!!

the waterfall is a great spot to stop for a snack, the river crossing was easy once we figured out where it was. gorgeous views of mt hood!

Amazing views and absolutely stunning in the fall. A few things to note...

-The road to the trailhead gets a little rocky and rough. But there was a Miata parked up there,so my fear for the rental car quickly ended.
-At the top of the Top Spur trail, take a right towards another trail junction of about three trails.
-Take the second trail on the right marked with a Mt Hood wilderness sign on the tree. This is the best side to start the loop as you’ll be facing Mt Hood head on with excellent views while you walk.
-After you re-enter the forest and Mt Hood views are gone, you’ll come to another trail junction.
-Take the Cut Off trail if you’re looking to shorten the hike. Otherwise you’ll continue on the 38 mile Timberline Trail.
-The Cut Off trail is short and will you drop you back on to the other side of the the Timberline trail. You can take a left to get back to the major junction.
-You’ll continue heading down until you cut back left to descend the Top Spur Trail.

Enjoy!!

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