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Quite a drive up to the start of the trail, about 18 washouts on the gravel road. We got up in our Toyota Corolla going slow. Beautiful forest with flowers and mushrooms to investigate. The trail is used by dirt bikers as well and makes a deep U shape in parts. The view was breathtaking!!

The road to the falls was a bit washed away but seemingly managed. I'd suggest a SUV or pickup. It was worth the trip though because the falls were beautiful. You can't beat the fresh smell of a waterfall from the ice caps of a mountain. Precious and spectacular. The rumble of the falls is absolutely a sound I won't yet forget. Go and enjoy!

Love this trail love fording the creeks hiked this trail and backpacked it wanting to go back and explore more.

Beautiful hike and pretty easy

Saturday, August 26, 2017

put a couple miles in just trying to find the trail... then found a sign saying 'trail closed due to washout' down the road from where the gps said the trailhead was... took my 11 year old son and his friend who in good spirits had fun anyway and did the June lake hike on the way back... We might try again before the snow hits this year but definitely by next year..

very nice trail.
If you try to hike from lower to middle falls you will run into a landslide which stops you from getting to the middle falls by .25 miles. beware.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Omg I cannot express my level of disappointment in so few words. Alltrails, you need to UPDATE this trails' stats ASAP.

I chose this trail for me and my dogs because of the distance, the difficulty level AND most of all because it claims to be LIGHT TRAFFIC. I don't know what you consider "light" traffic... but I tried four days in a row, and ALL FOUR days the parking area was over flowing with hiking people, for this one trail. I even asked two groups of people if all of the cars were hikers and they said "YES." And proceeded to tell me that it is a "POPULAR TRAIL."

One of my dogs is situationally reactive. And I was really looking forward to the seclusion that this trail overview seems to suggest. But Im going to be frank... There were cars FULL of people, with KIDS, multiple DOGS, and I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of them.

This description needs to be updated. I ended up taking a different trail, that was actually a motorcycle trail, but there were no other dogs or hikers. That was Wright Meadow Trail No. 8. Its pretty steep straight up, but its good for seclusion, and there is plenty of room to step off for the bikers to pass.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Temporarily closed due to washout.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Couldn't find it even with the gps...maybe not there anymore?

Trail is well maintained, falls are beautiful and easy to get to. Great hike for the whole family.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Did this trail over Labor day weekend and only say ONE other person the whole weekend. Went up to french creek and the trail became overgrown and lost it. Plus I was exhausted so camped there. There's designated camping spots about 2,4,8 miles in that we found. All right along the river.

The trail is very nice, lots of trees, river, etc. But it's a LOT of up and down, NET 2500 elevation gain, but it's a TOUGH 2,500 feet as you're constantly going up and down to the river.

The bridge is washed out and the trail is pretty bad in a few places but nothing a little careful negotiation can't handle.

excellent campground with beautiful trails camp host is never there though to sell fire wood but there is a store with all the campers needs up the road showers gas ice wood ect

Monday, April 25, 2016

Super easy hike good for dogs and kids, very short. Took a detour over the river and made the hike a bit longer with some better views and a little more space to sit for a while.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

This is my favorite fall spot to date. Due to the poor snow fall and the drought we have had this year the fall wasn't at it's full spectacular show but still very beautiful. What makes this my favorite spot is the large pool at the bottom of the falls. It is perfect for swimming. The beach area is small and intimate and the trail wasn't crowded at all. Highly recommended for all hikers even the younger ones.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Motorcycles have made the trail, a narrow single track width, from the West. Nice training hike for the Dogs! No view from the lookout, but really pleasant hike.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Great Trail overall. Had a blast on this hike! I recommend bringing some bug spray. Those flies like to swarm.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Access to the hike is straight forward. FR 23 to FR2324.There are two parking lots. One for large vehicles below the trailhead and a small parking area for 2 or 3 vehicles.

This is a hiking trail but primarily used by motorcyclist. Because of this, the trails are mostly straight and steep. There are few switchbacks and most of the trail is deeply rutted making hiking more difficult. Bring poles, for the ruts and the steepness. If you plan a hike here, plan on motorcycles. Many of them. On the day we went, 6 passed us and of course along with the amazing view, were the amazing sounds of motorcycles. One guy was particularly nice and showed us pics he had taken of the area on his ride.

That being said, this hike is well worth it! The views are gorgeous. A 4 mountain view. Mt. Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood in the distance for much of the way and other peaks I could not identify. If you've hiked Juniper Ridge or Peak, you get a great view of that also. On top its a 360 degree view. But beware of the flies. The whole hike is covered with them! On top, there were thousands. Swarms of flies. You couldn't spend more that 30 seconds there without being covered. I guess we chose the wrong time of year. Later in the season should be fine. I think?

If you don't mind the ruts, the noise and the flies, you can bag 2 peaks on that hike. Jumbo Peak is close by. The area is beautiful and well worth it. I will do it again, but this time I'll be prepared for the motorcycles and the flies.

Monday, August 26, 2013

7/28/13: A quick jaunt up the river starting at the lower falls up to the middle falls for a warm up with the kids. Nice falls, nice river, coulda done without the bike traffic.

Friday, May 11, 2012

The trail from the East begins just out of Spencer Meadow. If a person parks a quarter of a mile from the meadow, and walks quietly toward the meadow on a hot summer day, they will normally see 10-80 elk being lazy in the cool meadow and the little pot holes located throughout the meadow. Unfortunately too many people park their campers at the Meadow access and become the only people that get to enjoy the beauty and wildlife. The trail is a gentle climb to the top where the lookouts once stood. The old lookout was a little to the west of the new lookout. The old lookout was lower as the area had been burned by the old Spencer burn.

If one traverses down the west side of Spencer hill and if he is quiet early in the day, he might get the chance to see a Black Bear. Just be careful that it is not a mommy bear with her little one tagging along. It is a wonderful hike and trip with all the beautiful scenery and wildlife to photograph along the way.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Good views,Good trail.....a good overall trail.......

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sunday, July 27, 2014