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

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 days ago

This loop is not 4 miles, it’s more like 5.5! It was a great trail and I highly recommend it but if you were hoping for only 4 miles, you’ll be sad! Winter time is great, saw lots of waterfalls and not a lot of people out for a Saturday.

Nice day use area!

hard hard hard but love the challenge and the views!

Did this during a wind storm on 7 December 2018. Reversing the route gave a much steeper ascent and is not recommend. Some of the trail is still beautiful, some waterfalls are amazing, but the essential beauty of several segments was lost to the fire.

Awesome trail.. very difficult

Great hike, tons of waterfalls. Beautiful scenery despite scorched landscape at certain points.

hiking
15 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous this time of year, about a mile and a half up the snow started to appear, and then I was wishing for my yak tracks and a waterproof jacket about 2 miles up. Had the trail to ourselves, and the views at the top were incredible with the snow and clouds. Didn't go back down the Trout Creek trail, as I've done that one a couple of times and didn't want to walk back on the road. The out-and-back way is still amazing!

Definitely a moderate difficulty trail but the views are well worth the hike. Obviously easier with snow shoes during this season but my husband and I hiked it without and we survived!

The last time I accomplished this climb was way back in July 2009. I have been trying to revisit hikes/climbs I've done in the past but I really wanted to get this pin on the board because it was such an instrumental trail in my life. This was in my "backyard," growing up and it was the jewel of Southern Oregon. I was able to climb Mt McLaughlin five times before the age of 20 and it along with influence from my pops was the driving force for my passion of the outdoors. This climb will always have a special place in my life, heart, and soul. I fully recommend this to any aspiring outdoor enthusiast or mountaineer to get a taste of accomplishment and a smidgen of elevation.

Beautiful day hike!

Perfect little walking trail.

Great trail, good challenge and great scenery. I recommend starting in the direction of Multnomah Falls, that way you can finish with fewer crowds of people.

Loved it. Waterproof shoes were a must since waterfalls actually passed over the trails (day after rain in December). Absolutely gorgeous and not too busy, but not entirely isolated - I did it alone so it was nice to occasionally see some people.

Best swimming hole!

Worth every step!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this back in the beginning of September and wasn't too shabby. Easy enough for my friend to do it in crocs. Took a few breaks here and there to check out the two lakes. Pretty cloudy once we got to the top- not enough to where we couldn't see the other sisters and Jefferson but just enough to make me want to go back for more.
Started around 6:30am, up took us about 3.5 hours and down took us about 2.5 at a constant leisure pace

This was a gorgeous hike. The burn gave it an ominous feeling, which made it even more enjoyable.
Started at the Wahkeena side, that first set of switchbacks was a doozy, but led to some fabulous views. Took trail 420, it was clear and accessible. The treck back down towards the Larch mnt trail displayed the best of the burn, it was really cool. Sad, but cool.

Beautiful day for a hike. this was a nice hike

Hiked on Saturday 12/8. The packed snow in the paved parts of the trail near the parking slots are pretty slick, and microspikes are recommended.

This was a beast of a hike! We did it Nov 18th on a beautiful Sunday. We overdressed and had to shed layers on the way up. The first few miles are on a nice trail and pretty easy, then you get to the rocks. The trail is marked by white dots on rocks and some ribbons on trees. We lost the trail both on the way up and back down which added to our trip and involved climbing more rocks and crossing a scree field. We did a little over 10 miles out and back in about 6hr 45min. We spent a little time at the "false summit" to eat and then continued on up to the top. Beautiful views and totally worth it, but be prepared for a battle. This is a mountain and you best be prepared to climb rocks using all 4's.

Directions only take you to turn for TH...2 more winding miles on road 500 to go. Hiked in early December. Beautiful in light snow. Did not see a soul. Stairs make final downward trek to pillar easy even in snow. Checked out accessible ledge with overhang to the right on unmaintained part of trail. 4 miles out and back through lovely stretch of forest. After hike, continued up road 500 for longer hike and elevation gain. Added almost 4 miles rt and map shows I could have kept going. Upper part of road is blocked to cars.

By far a gem of a hike. Even post burn.

on Devil's Peak

backpacking
1 month ago

Just for clarification, the last review refers to the Devils Peak at the southeast end of Hunchback Mountain east of Portland, Oregon. The roads to the Devils Peak in the Sky Lakes Wilderness (the trail described here) are either paved or good gravel and easily passable in a 2WD sedan.

A challenging hike with a rewarding view at the top! We went in the winter and it was cold and snowy at the top. Very beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike back in July of 2015. Incredible views. Camped by the parking lot and headed out early in the morning. Took about 5-6 hours total, I’d say.

Trail is mostly open again! Beautiful hike. Lots of waterfalls.

hiking
1 month ago

11/25/2018 - Road closure for the winter was a little early this year, so you can't get to the trailhead unless you hike back in about 8 miles from the closure by Mt. Bachelor.

A great alternative (without the views) is the six lakes loop on the south side of the road closure. I went and did that instead. Beautiful but very snowy.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail. Solitude defined.

OFFICIALLY OPEN AS OF 11-24-2018! It’s fascinating to look at all the burned trees against the fresh green forest floor. There are many, many rocks on the trail though so be careful. The trail was very muddy today. The falls are still as beautiful as ever. Be careful and look out for landslides/rock slides and flash floods as it is a burn area.

Went in from south (Wildcat Campground). More than a half dozen notable creek crossings and smaller ones too. Water level reasonable in late fall. Decent signage but did not notice final sign to pillars. Followed trail but it petered out when the deadfall really began. Was fighting early sunset and had traveled close to six miles before turning around. Will take north trail next to see where trails meet and hopefully get even closer to pillars. Great way to spend a chilly day. Road up was good, including gravel part.

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