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Absolutely stunning, the trail was amazing with amazing views. The offshoots were my favorite. There was a ton of snow on the west side of the trail which made it a lot more challenging, but overall it was a great hike!

Great hike!

I would like to stay at this campground some time!

Nice day use area!

This is a wonderful hike!

You can see from the road, beautiful area!

hiking
snow
3 days ago

It is beautiful trail covered with snow. Some areas are very slippery. Unfortunately, I didn’t see Mt Hood. I am not sure it is due to weather or just missing it. Lake is frozen and has lots of foot print. I have no guts to step on it.

Good 3-4 hour loop with decent elevation.

Quick trail! The steps are harder than they look though! Gorgeous falls. I personally enjoyed Makestic falls better of the 2. Will definitely do again in the summer time!

Such a beautiful hike on a crisp winter morning I recommend this hike to anyone! So many beautiful waterfalls

walking
4 days ago

A beautiful hike!

The first half of the hike is up a closed service road. The “TH” (trailhead) marker is labeled with a sharpie on a reflective snow level marker. Blink and you’ll miss it. The trail from there isn’t maintained, there is lots of deadfall to climb over and under. There are 4 sections of almost vertical down with ropes left by previous hikers to scale down, and up the steep, muddy downgrade. It’s fun, and a bit sketchy. Once at the bottom, the trail to the left is blocked by deadfall and the trail to the right quickly disappears. Never made it to see the waterfalls, if the actually exist. Will try to back in the summer. I will post pictures.

It was a beautiful and relaxing hike! I highly recommend hitting the trail later in the morning, when the sun shines through the trees and the morning dew begins to burn off.

snowshoeing
snow
5 days ago

Pretty icy in spots but worth it in snowshoes. Went up on Tuesday and saw 6-8 other people/dogs. Right now you'd need crampons or snowshoes, I saw a few people that turned around because they couldn't get very far. The payoff at the lake is fantastic, it's frozen over but there are some visible warm spots along the shore so I wouldn't recommend walking on it.

snowshoeing
5 days ago

Great hike with fantastic views on a nice day! It was a bit steep at times. It was very doable for us in winter.

There is now a parking area that is plowed adjacent to the Ski Bowl parking lot. If it’s winter, make sure to get a Sno-park day pass.

We snowshoed, but we would have been fine with crampons/microspikes. Icy patches made it tough for folks without.

Easy trails to the bottom of both spectacular falls! The trail to the top of Golden Falls is an easy incline and the views from the top are definitely worth the hike. Overall, stunning scenery.

Google took us to a weird side road so the hike was quicker but was still beautiful!

Went on a Cold Sunday morning hike. We took the Kopetski trail loop and came around the back side of jawbone flats. No worries you end up on the same trail you start on. We started our hike at 11 AM and got done at 2:15 PM. We only saw two other groups of hikers until we started to head back, then it was a bit more crowded, but no problem as it’s not nearly as bad as the summer time. Dress warm/layers as you are hiking in a canyon that gets very little sunlight and it’s cold until you warm up from hiking. We stopped for a small lunch at jawbone flats and had to layer back up before we got going again. Love this place. BRING CASH OR CHECK for parking. And if you can spare it, the town takes donations too, and once you see how pristine they help keep the town and trails you’ll want to donate. Great hike for all ages and skills but the Kopetski Loop is a little more rugged and step, would not recommend for little ones or people with old knees. Enjoy.

great family hike. can be muddy at times and slippery in some spots. still a great and beautiful hike.

Wonderful trail, very pleasant. Hiked today with two dogs. There are two large muddy spots and a few small ones. The beach is almost empty.

Beware:
(1) No sign at the trailhead to indicate the trail name. Look for a wooden post with an arrow sign pointing left.
(2) The last step to the beach is ugly. Due to erosion it's about a 2' drop from the bottom of the wood steps onto sand.

There's a second trail further south along Crescent Beach that connects to the Cannon Beach trail. It probably adds 0.4 miles to the hike, but it's a much better option with dogs or young children and it makes for a pleasant loop.

Beautiful and scenic hike to do in the winter time; but the difficulty level goes from easy to moderate when there’s snow and ice.
A “must try” hike, when snow has fallen!
Micro spikes or something similar highly suggested!

hiking
5 days ago

More of a walk than I hike, it’s short & quick. The January waterfall was a welcomed sight. Narrow, muddy, rocky & steep, but short. Most able bodies wouldn’t have a problem getting in but not easy for elderly, under 8 (or so), and parents carrying the tiny. Relatively unknown and beautiful waterfall though!

backpacking
6 days ago

easy hike with a wonderful ending!!!

Lots of up and down which we like. Beautiful views of the river. Easy enough for our 4 year old but not boring.

You absolutely need traction devices on your boots. We passed person who fell and possibly broke a arm. It's a ice trail over rocks and tree roots so I recommend two treking poles to help prevent tripping, snow shoes that don't have a aggressive track on the side won't get a good bite over rocks. There was a back up at the boulder field from unprepared hikers without traction devices. My wife used micro spikes by Kahtoola I used ice trekkers diamond grippers by yaktraks. If cost if a factor check and for kids check out Stabilgear brand of microspikes at P-rkrose hardware for $19.

hiking
snow
6 days ago

This was a great trail! We rented crampons which are better than Microspikes per the recommendation of Mountain Shop. The rental price was 10. Some fellow hikers did not have equipment and were sliding or slipping. Happy hiking!

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.

Short but sweet.

hiking
6 days ago

My favorite waterfall in Oregon. it's truly magical. The only downfall is the hike being so short.

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