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This was the first time that I did this hike in the winter. It was amazing! We just hiked in our boots. Crampons could have been nice here and there, but it was totally doable without. We passed lots of people with snowshoes, which wasn’t necessary at all. We were definitely a lot faster and more agile. The hike overall is moderate. It took us a little under 3 hours to complete the hike (out and back). The view on the summit is stunning. Very windy though. We were able to see all five mountains. Such a treat. This hike is definitely one of my favorite ones. Great in any season!

Definitely need spikes up until about Mirror Lake and from there on out. Many people on snowshoes and in spikes. People with nothing were slipping a lot. Icy and well packed. Going up TDH mountain was relatively easy, this is my first time doing this hike in winter but second overall. Windy as all hell at the top! Sky was clear and Hood was shining!

Beautiful view! We brought our dog. Didn’t know they weren’t allowed. We saw others as well. Beautiful view! Challenging snowshoe, totally worth it!

Wonderful wonderful hike. No snow to speak of on this trip. Views were spectacular. Ocean and Mountain View’s! ❤️

A perfect example of the beauty of Central Oregon.

Did this hike in November. Very beautiful views and not too much work to get there.

Beautiful views will do this again! Went in October good temperature and clear view

Awesome trail.. very difficult

The south side of the loop is the Tumalo Creek Trail portion of the loop and was the most scenic part of the hike up until you reach the falls. The north end is actually a road. If you want to hike through some alpine forest you can hike up past Tumalo Falls to Double Falls, but probably wouldn’t want to go much further without snowshoes. Spikes recommended if there is snow on the ground.

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!

hiked this trail on December 29. Majority of the trail is shaded by tall trees so even if its rainy weather, the hike isnt bad! Up near the top where the trail gets close to the road to the marys peak parking lot we started to feel the rain and wind pretty hard. no snow unfortunately. would recommend in any weather!

I hiked the North Ridge Trail on Jan 1st, a cold but mostly clear and sunny day.

The route I chose starts from the North Ridge trail parking lot, just before the gate on forest road 2005. The route climbs to the summit parking lot, the summit itself, and then descends via the upper portion of the East Ridge Trail, before going back to the North Ridge trail (via the Tie Trail) and returning down to the parking lot. All said, about 11 miles round trip.

The trail is well maintained (the Tie Trail a bit narrower and more rocky) and I did not encounter a single blow-down on the way. There were very few roots/rocks on the way, making this an easy/non-technical hike.
Except for the open summit, the route in entirely through forested areas.
The views from the summit (on a clear day) is why I gave this route 4 stars (I could see Mt St Helens and Adams in the north and the Pacific Ocean over the Coast Range in the west).
As a road goes to the summit, there may be quite a few people when you reach the summit area... but there is enough room all around to not feel too crowded.
The way to the top starts by .5 miles out of the parking lot and to the foot of the climb/switchbacks. The steeper portion is actually a couple hundred yards right after the trailhead; the rest of the climb is well graded all the way through.
The switchbacks climb is about 3 miles long with about 8/9 'long' switchbacks (between .1 and .5 miles each) up the 45 degrees northern slope.
After that, a series of much shorter switchbacks end at the junction with the tie trail (you can continue to the summit or take the Tie Trail to then climb to the summit via the East Ridge trail). A bench at the junction can be a resting spot if needed.
From the bench, the trail goes straight south (no more switchbacks) for about .75 miles to the summit parking lot.
A third of a mile later you can reach the actual summit for 360 views. There is a LOT of space at and around the summit for a lunch break, a rest, or just soaking in the unobstructed views.
Crowds: not too many people around (more at the top - due to the road to the summit - than on the way)... but this is still a popular destination for folks in the south Willamette area and there were about a dozen cars at the parking lot when I returned (you can probably park about 30 cars near the trailhead).

22 days ago

Great snowshoe trail! Though it says no dogs, plenty of responsible dog owners were on the trail. Beautiful view from the top!

Be cautious with parking at the base - some no parking signs are not apparent and we got a ticket today:(

We did the trail to the falls out and back. It's about 7 mile without much incline. The only incline is the last couple hundred yards to the falls, so it's a pretty easy hike. It was very icy for the first mile and hard pack after that. We had spikes but there were other people who were hugging the snowy edges to keep on their feet. I personally wouldn't go without spikes until it snows again, just to slick. All and all a beautiful hike, the scenery is fantastic.

Worth every step!

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.

3 miles of dirt road up to trail head. There was ice on the road and we got up in an Impreza but I wouldn’t try it without a 4WD vehicle. Once on the hike the first half is In the trees but once you get further up there are good 360 views of the valley. Up top is awesome with a fire lookout tower and more 360 views! There was about 2 feet of snow on the upper mountain but it was still easy to do.

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.

The trail is covered in snow about half way up the trail. Crampons and poles recommended if planing to summit.

The trail is covered in snow and can be slippery in quite a few places. If you have spikes or crampons that would be best. Be prepared for the cold and wind with plenty of layers! Saw a lot of people hiking in the dark without headlamps/flashlights, if you’re going later in the day be ready for it to get dark fast on your way down. Gorgeous view at the top!

scenic driving
1 month ago

11/25/18 road going up to the trailhead is pretty slick, drive safely! :)

Great hike! Amazing views from halfway to the top. Lots of doggos, so keep them on a leash, but other than that really not too busy for the first saturday in November!

No good trail markings, typical Oregon. ended up on the skyliner trail which was an awesome 6.5 mile run. Head back tomorrow with a map and run the falls loop

on Tumalo Mountain Trail

2 months ago

Went this last weekend. Nice family hike. Recorded 4.5 miles round trip. Some ice on the trail but no snow and very cool iced up trees landscape at the top. Super cold and windy at the top as well. Heavy traffic.

Beautiful view of Mt. Hood from the top, and a terrific spot for a picnic. When we hiked this trail back in March it had a lot of ice and snow, so I would recommend micro spikes and trekking poles. My only complaint is the lack of parking. We parked down at the ski area, and had to walk along the highway; Very unsafe.

Definition of a steady incline from the start to finish but wasn’t too difficult. Views from the top are incredible!

on Black Butte Trail

2 months ago

Amazing views!

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